Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Scenes of Rye...

Just before my sister returned to Australia we spent the day in Rye which is on the East Sussex coast. I'd never been before, but had heard many positive things about this ancient fortified hill top town...and as it is now only a one-hour drive from where I live, it was an easy day trip for us.

The town is very compact and easy to stroll around. We started at one of the information centres which had an amazing scale model of the town - as you listen to a brief history of the town and its royal connection,s areas of the model light up. It was a perfect start to help us navigate our way around.

We started our exploration at the bottom of Mermaid St - the oldest street in the town and one which is full of half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th centuries. Rye itself is full of galleries, boutique shops and small antique centres, so it is perfect for pottering.

Here are some scenes from our walk...

The Mermaid Pub - the oldest in Rye

Although originally surrounded by sea, Rye is now actually about 1 1/2 miles from the coast. So after a traditional lunch of fish, chips and mushy peas (though not for K, she hates peas) we drove the couple of miles to Winchelsea so she could see a traditional British coastal beach...with pebbles rather than the typical Australian sandy versions...

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