10/04/2012 By dadmin Off

A weekend in Kent

We’ve just come back from a long weekend in Kent. While the weather was not the best we still had a very good time going around. First day, when we drove down, we made a quick decision to spend the day at Leeds Castle instead of Sissinghurst (as initially intended), as the weather was amazing. And no regrets at all. The Leeds Castle as well as the whole area around it are very interesting and beautiful. Here are some photos from there. The highlight of that visit were the flower trees (sorry, no idea what trees they are) on the bridge near the castle entrance. Amazing explosion of flowers! The castle itself is also very interesting as it combines very old areas (it was built in 15th century) with modernized areas able to accommodate a 20th century living.

The next day we went to Canterbury. It was much colder than the previous day so I had to buy some warmer clothes. Also, we did not see much sun that day. We spent most our time in the Cathedral.

Next day, on Easter day, we went to Sissinghurst garden,  a very famous National Trust property created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. Even though the weather was again not that good, we really enjoyed that place. It’s really beautiful and the spring flowers made up for the lack of sun! Here are photos from there.

Our visit to Sissinghurst was followed by a trip to see Rye, as I’d read that it’s a very pretty old village. I wasn’t sure initially, but when we got to Mermaid St., where all the cobbled stone streets started and we went up to the church it was indeed a really lovely place. Here are more photos. We did not spend much time there this time but we’ll definitely be back!

Overall, it was a very relaxing weekend while we again saw beautiful and interesting places. Never a dull moment in this country 🙂