Just over a week ago one "September morn" we set off, not on a canal boat as per my photo but by train, for London Waterloo. Having had a sandwich lunch at the station we made our way to the bus stop and with our bus passes to hand caught a bus to our hotel in Marylebone. Mr M had done his research well and found us a lovely small hotel (why do they call them boutique I wonder?) in whch to stay for the next 5 nights. Having unpacked our bits and pieces we set off to explore the immediate neighbourhood and finished up on Marylebone High Street where we had a sit down and a cup of tea in Paul bakery which always reminds us of our Saturdays shopping in Limoges when we lived in France and by then we had also sussed out some possible places to go for our supper too.
One of our plans was to continue the walk we had started last year when we did section 12 - Highgate to Stoke Newington of The Capital Ring which is in total of 78 miles and as we have now done just 2 of the sections at our current rate of one section each year it will take us another 13 years so I doubt we will ever finish it!
here on Trip Advisor where it has deservedly gained very high ratings!
Abney Park Cemetery
You might be forgiven for wondering why we wanted to visit a cemetery but this was a lovely tranquil environment and a real nature reserve with no trimmed edges beautiifully cared for graves. The cemetery dates back to the early nineteenth century and was a pioneer in multi-faith burial grounds and the first of its kind in Europe and was a suitable resting place for nonconformists and dissenters and its occupiers include Congregationalist, Baptist and Methodist ministers among others such as the founding members of the Salvation Army Catherine and William Booth.
|Photo from the website not mine obviously!|
As you will see in this photo below.
here which apparently has an excellent cafe though we had already been catered for in that way so didn't try it out.
here what Time Out has to say about the park.
Golden Hind where we had the best fish and chip supper I've had in a long while! Maybe the walk in the fresh air helped. We were lucky to get a table and as the evening wore on it became incredibly busy. From here it was just a short walk back to our hotel. A lovely day of sunshine and blue skies and a great walk topped off with a delicious meal - what more could one ask?
Once refreshed after our bus journey we set off to look round the gardens. These are new glasshouses built in the style of the originals which had fallen into disrepair.
holm oak tree thought to have been planted in the 1500s but still looking good.
I preferred the little snuff boxes so intricately carved and decorated- do check out the video on the link here
I think it best if I stop here and add the next couple of days as another post.