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Rickmav Eight Days in Suffolk - The Heritage Coast, Market Towns & Cambridge

Rickmav Eight Days in Suffolk - The Heritage Coast, Market Towns & Cambridge

Feb 7th, 2007, 06:51 AM
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I like the name piggeries, it has kind of a Charlotte's Web feel about it.

Thanks SandyBrit for your comments - I hope you received the packing list I sent you. I've started Kent & Sussex, hopefully will post the first part today.

Londonengland, those gulls were pretty determined at Aldeburgh. I told my husband he was obviously the weak link, they knew they were getting something from him. The Fish & Chip shop was very good, I can still taste those chips.

MissPrism - thanks for the heads up on Walberswick. We are definitely going back to Suffolk, and would spend more time on the coast. It is so - invigorating yet calming at the same time. Will you post your trip report in April? - I'll have to make a note of the other things we missed.

Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement.
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rickmav - Hello. I saw you had sent me the packing list this morning before I left for work so it was with much delight that I just opened it and had a quick look.

What a terrific list and so hard to plan for the different weather covering your 4 month visit. I was very very impressed. If I can just get my husband to cut his stuff down! Was there anything that you wished you had packed? People always say you can buy it on holiday and that is true but things in the UK are so much more expensive than here in the US so we try not to do a lot of that.

How did the price of things compare to Canada? How much is petrol in Canada, food etc.

Looking forward to more.

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Feb 7th, 2007, 05:48 PM
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Hi SandyBrit, glad the list arrived ok. No, I don't think there was anything else I wished we'd packed, although we did have trouble finding hydrogen peroxide when I got an infected toe and replacing the Tylenol when it ran out (we bought paracetamol with codeine).

I only used my fancy blouse/jacket three times in four months, but it was nice for Christmas Eve, the theatre in Stratford, etc. My husband needed to buy a sweater and gloves but we thought that might happen and they were both very cheap - bought at Saturday markets.

We did find the petrol more expensive but we didn't have to travel very far to see a lot of things, as opposed to Canada where you drive a lot. And we chose our cottages because they were in the centre of things we wanted to see.

I don't think things were that more expensive, but we weren't doing the typical tourist visit. We bought groceries for a lot of our meals, so had some choice about what we purchased, our accommodation was pretty reasonable, we got a better rate on the car rental because it was for longer periods and we aren't big shoppers. But we didn't scrimp on anything, this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so we ate out when we wanted to, bought the wine we wanted, and travelled where we wanted.

Subtracting the airfare, which is expensive from Canada, we spent about $5500 Cdn. per month, which is certainly more than we would spend living here, but it is about 2100 pounds. I'm not sure if that's a lot for Britain, is it? Obviously, we couldn't afford a year of that, but based on the amazing experience we had, for both of us it was money well spent.
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Feb 7th, 2007, 06:19 PM
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Part of me is admiring this narrative and recalling how completely I was consumed by lovely Suffolk the first time I visited so many years ago. The other part of me is peeved at secrets revealed.

Splendid stuff, this.
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Feb 8th, 2007, 11:33 AM
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Thank you, gardyloo. Sorry, about spilling the beans - some things are just too good to keep to yourself. And yet.....

For anyone interested, the next instalment, Kent & Sussex is at: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34943207

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Feb 14th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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After Sussex and Kent we went to London for three days. That report can be found at:

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Mar 11th, 2007, 11:38 AM
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After London, we flew to Italy for three weeks:


And then back to England for Christmas:

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rickmav, after reading your fabulous report, I'm even more excited about my upcoming trip. My 2 daughters and I will be visiting my dad (who lives near Southwold) for two weeks this summer. It's our first visit to England and we can hardly wait!!
May 26th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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Southwold is a beautiful little town.
I think that you'll really like it.
Here are some pictures of it from a visit I paid there earlier this year.
Try getting the ferry to Walberswick.
You can get a nice lunch at the Bell Inn, a very old pub.
That site also has pictures of Lavenham.
It is also well worth a visit.
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May 26th, 2007, 11:10 AM
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Excellent report! In fact , it's so good I'm sending it to friends who have bought a house in Earl Soham, so they can get to know their " neighborhood"!

You did have me a bit worried about "Icky" Ickworth since it was one of our favorite places when we visited Suffolf and Norfolk a few years ago.
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May 27th, 2007, 02:14 PM
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Hi andasamo - glad you enjoyed the report. How lovely to be able to visit your dad with your daughters. Have a great time.

Hi MissPrism - I don't know when that will be but I can't wait to try that ferry.

Hi jody - Thanks for your kind words. Earl Soham was a great little village, how luck your friends to be able to buy a home there. 'Icky' Ickworth wasn't icky at all, just the day - lots of rain. My favourite part was all the little collections under glass.

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