If you have been around for a while you will have read my Disconnecting and Detoxing Weekend Escape back in October. You will all be glad to know that I am in a much better place since then but both myself and Clive decided that we were due a holiday after working so hard since the new year. As its that time of year where nobody has any money we decided to make the call to my parents to see if they would be willing to have us stay with them for the weekend and with Valentines coming up it seemed like the perfect time to take a trip.
We decided that the best thing to do would be to drive up on the Thursday night (Valentines Day) and drive back on the Sunday afternoon. This would mean we had two full days to explore as much as we could. It was a long trip as we decided to take my car to try a keep the cost of fuel down (for those of you that don’t know, I have a little Suzuki Alto SZ3) and we finally arrived at about 9pm, which meant it was more or less straight to bed to ensure we had enough sleep for the next day.
On the Friday we decided to keep things slightly more relaxed as we were still feeling some of the fatigue from the drive up, and so my mum was kind enough to give us guided tour of Whitby. The first on the list of places to visit was Sherlocks Tea Room and it is one of the most quaint and adorable little nooks I have ever been to, the walls looked like they belonged in a library and the decor was like something out of Beaty and the Beast. We stayed for coffee and cake and they served the most divine gluten free cheese cake I have ever tasted, I enjoyed triple chocolate, Clive indulged in Snickers and mum was quite well-behaved with Lemon and Poppyseed sponge. Needing to gain some fresh air following the coffee, we took a walk along the sea front to watch the boats come in and we were even lucky enough to watch the bridge open, which may sound silly but really is spectacular to watch. I then decided that I really had to have a photo sitting in front of the dock and my mum got to experience just how picky I can be with my photos (I don’t think she will be volunteering to be my photographer any time soon), but still hung around and held bags whilst Clive and I climbed and sat on the walls to get photos.
Next we headed up to Whitby Abbey to take in the stunning views, however we were a bit let down when it was closed and we were unable to go over and actually see the abbey, but I guess it means that I will have to go back up in the summer, however the views were still breathtaking. By this point it was starting to become colder and we were getting tired so we decided to head home for the day, but not before we stopped off at Ravenscarr and saw some of the cutest baby seals. If anyone is interested in going and seeing them I will warn you that the walk is pretty intense both down to the cliffs and back up again but it really is amazing to watch them acting naturally in their real habitat. It was an amazing day and I got to experience some of things that I was hoping for, we ended the day with a home cooked meal at my mum and dads and watching Wreck-it Ralph 2 (I highly recommend this film if need a giggle before bed).
Day 2- York
On Saturday, Clive and I headed into York to be tourists for a change. We started off by having brunch at the cutest little cafe called Lucky Days and it was so delightful, they serve the most delicious scrambled eggs on gluten-free wholemeal toast. There were a few places that we knew we wanted to see and one of these was the Yorkshire Soap Co, it was so beautiful and I had to take so many photos that I think I nearly filled my memory card. The front is a beautiful pastel pink and it smells utterly divine inside, they create the most beautiful products in the form of cakes and soaps. I bought myself some new hand lotion that is meant to smell like unicorn tears, its so pretty and smells so good if you use it after a shower. We also paid a visit to Betty’s Tea Room and I enjoyed the most delicious macarons and even brought one home to continue the magic of the trip. It was pink and had fresh raspberries on it, now if only I could live on a diet of macarons and not get fat then I would eat them daily.
We added to the day by visiting Yorks Chocolate Story, a museum that gives a lovely insight into how chocolate was at the centre of York’s development. We saw the development of Rowntree’s, and how this was affected by the war and steam development. I recommend this to anyone who is visiting York in the near future, as not only is it very educational but you get to indulge in lot of chocolate on the way round. Finally we finished the day with a ‘Real Hot Chocolate’ from the Teddy Bears Tea Room, and it was the most decadent and rich cup of hot chocolate I have ever drank, the sides were dripping with syrup and and there was a delicate layer of foam on the top with chocolate sprinkles. While walking back to the Park and Ride we took a trip down the Shambles and into some of the little individual shops that take pride of place down there, Clive was very pleased when he managed to find himself a Harry Potter Chocolate Frog and I have to admit they were rather tasty. The day was completed with a lovely meal out with my mum and dad to the best gluten free fish and chip shop in Filey, it was wonderful night filled with love and laughter and family.
I was so sad when I had to pack up my suitcase on Sunday and prepare to drive back down to the West Midlands, but not before we took the dogs for a good long walk down the beach, it was good to get some sea air before travelling back to the city. I have had the most relaxing weekend and have loved spending time with Clive and not being pulled different directions by work. Thankfully my mum and dad have said we are than welcome to visit anytime and I defiantly think we will be taking them up on that offer.
To those of you that have made it to the end of this post, I congratulate you and thank you. If you are one of these people, or even if you just want to say hi, please feel free to leave me a little note at the bottom I would love to hear what you think of my travels.