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Top Suffolk/Essex villages & countryside picks? (Constable Country?)

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Can't thank you all enough for assistance w/my original brainstorming thread.
(details shared in "36 hrs near London thread")...

However, could still use help with *so* many amazing options to choose between,
even though I've almost 'committed' myself to the towns & sights not too, too far
from Stansted. (at least the final evening shouldn't be too far)

It's become clear to me, for ease, that staying in Lavenham might make sense for the night before we need to get to Stansted by 11am. (assuming still need to be there 2 hrs ahead of flights...even if only w/in Europe on RyanAir?)

Plus, we'll probably have a rental car unless it's too prohibitive to pick-up & drop-off at different airports.

Anyway, if you only had 2 nights...
would you settle in Lavenham for both of them (despite its seeming tiny size) --
or coming from Heathrow,
would so appreciate a suggestion for where you'd head first for the first night's stay. :-)

Will be jet-lagged, to be sure. But, am very willing to head fairly far to allow for a closer stay on our 2nd night. (again, due to flying out of a different airport)

And yet, some *other* adventure, as well for our first evening. (arrive at 2pm into LHR,
if all goes well)

And since there were so many incredible options presented in the other thread
from Cambridge to coastal villages to Woburn Abbey, to Sutton Woo etc...
where would *you* pick if designing an 'ideal' 2 nights/1 day adventure
within *this* particular region? (now that I've at least 'narrowed' it) ;-)

Btw, I'd love to do the Peak District mentioned in the other thread,
or Salisbury/Canterbury/Avebury area,
or re-visit & explore further the Cotswolds. (so am having a hard time settling
upon Suffolk, as it does sound pretty flat? Just am hoping it's not too 'treeless' --
as one thing so beautiful about the area we explored last time was all the green...
and forests w/bluebells, etc. ) But of course, that was Spring, too.

But on the other hand, it sounds convenient to where we leave from...
and, still sounds quite lovely w/its old villages, history, etc.

Lastly, have seen in books Norfolk Broads mentioned. Is that worth a drive, if we love nature & birds, as well? (altho' novice bird-watchers...not anything serious...just enjoy
pretty rivers, etc, if they seem to be there, especially)

Perhaps the more 'picturesque' nature is actually more inland near where some of Constable's images were captured? (not sure)

Has anyone visited the Broads, & recommend it for a stay?
(or just a few hrs w/a canoe?)

Sigh...just having a hard time deciding on Night #1.
And probably arriving too late w/traffic to go to any actual public houses or gardens being open. But just exploring the countryside would work.

And at one point, was tempted by Evensong at Cambridge
but then read it might not take place in late August if studies are not in session?
Thanks again soooo much!! :-)

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