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A trip to the country (aka London Day 3)

Posted by Mark Sztainbok on March 27, 2008

Craig’s great aunt Olive (his grandmother’s sister) lives in Devon which is a shire located to the south west of the UK (and is the origin of Devonshire as in Devonshire tea) so we decided a few months back that we would go visit her while we were in London as he hadn’t seen her in about 15 years or so.

As such we caught a train this morning from Paddington Station (after which Paddington Bear is named) to Exeter St David Station where we were picked by Craig’s great aunt, his second cousin Sue and her husband John, who took us for a drive to Dawlish before heading to the Swan’s Nest pub for lunch (I had fish and chips and salad and Craig had Steak and Otter Ale pie and salad).

They then took us to the village of Sidmouth, which as the name suggests is the mouth of the river Sid. There we looked at cliffs which are a world heritage site from Jacob’s Ladder in the Connaught Gardens before proceeding for a stroll along the esplanade of the village.

Finally we went back to Aunt Olive’s house in Sidford (which is a village next to Sidmouth) for a cup of tea before heading back to Exeter to catch our train back to London.

Both Craig and I had a great day and really enjoyed meeting his great aunt and cousin. It was also nice as it was the first sunny day that we have had whilst we’ve been in the UK.

A map of where we went today can be seen here.

Once we arrived back in London, I went and bought some Japanese dinner from a restaurant called Kappa and took it back to the hotel.

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