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Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes June 21st 2015

We had a flight from Naples to London Gatwick Saturday evening. We caught an after train from Paestum to Naples and then took the local bus to the airport. You can get tickets for the bus at the tobacco shops in the train station. They were like 3 euros a pop. The walk to the bus stop is super sketchy. I barely recommend it during daylight hours and wouldn't recommend it at all after dark. You exit out the front of the station and there's a plaza out front across the street, you will go to the side with the McDonald's and cross and walk straight until you reach the end where there's another plaza with a bunch of busses, it's also by a McDonald's. The airport bus is the furthest away from the curb. If ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes March 17th 2015

I've had a busy 2 days, and I still think the most awesome thing that's happened was watching Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace in London with Eno! Where shall I begin? Let's start with the good from Monday. St. Albans is a quaint suburb of London, 30 minutes by train to the north. There are Roman ruins - my first of this trip, but certainly not my last - and they were worth the 2.5 pounds to visit. The Abbey was massive there - St. Albans is a cathedral town, so the abbey dominates both the history and the skyline of the area. They give a free tour a couple times a day, and it was so good - an old fellow showed me and a retired couple around the cathedral for an hour. It ... read more
St Albans Abbey
Panorama from Lewes Castle
Lewes Pound notes

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes August 28th 2012

Walking Day 7 Pyecombe to Lewes Poor Wendy at Hobbs Cottage. We said our good-byes, left and were back in 2 minutes because I had no memory card in my camera so I had to go through my suitcase and get it. Said our fond farewells again and then we were back in 5 minutes. I’d left my watch behind. Wendy hunted all over but it was not in the room. Found it tonight – in with the computer hook-up. Our walk was very quiet today. Hardly anyone else was on the downs at all – only a couple of dog walkers and later in the day some crazy joggers running the heights. I do baby steps uphill and they run! Wind was at a minimum and sun out most everywhere we looked. About ... read more
not Holland
dew pond
poppy field

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes August 15th 2011

I have now handed my notice in and just back the India Visa after the faff of sending it off and Leah not paying for her own Visa!??! At least we will now be able to leave the country and start our travelling! I may even be able to persuade Leah to extend the time in India as I know she will love it out there!! So all we need now is to get the following in order: 1. Malaria tablets (8 months worth atm but more if can get Leah to stay for longer) 2. Find Leah a back pack that she actually likes. I have bought her several and she has not liked any but the last one I did giver her was a “possible” 3. Suntan lotion – lots of it I think ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes November 7th 2010

What is not to love about combining hiking, countryside and mahooooosive bonfires! Bonfire weekend was made more special by a trip to Lewes in East Sussex for the annual bonfire procession. Bless that in these days of health and safety and cotton wool coating of any activity with any, however minutely perceived risk, Lewes hold 2 fingers firmly in the air and says stuff it! Potentially the only place in the western world where fire is king and if you don't want to get burnt get the hell out of the way! The different bonfire societies parade throughout the town with blazing torches, aflame tar barrells and a seemingly unending supply of big, noisy fireworks. They push around effigies of public figures which get 'sacrificed' at the Society bonfires scattered at different locations all over town. ... read more
4 aussies + 1 local
bobby and me
tar barrels

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes June 3rd 2010

Staying at a nice B&B in Lewes not too far from the town centre. It is very similar to Totnes in that it has a castle, its own pound and a high street on a hill. The town appears to be dominated by the local brewery known as Harvey & Son and this evening I am off to the pub known as Harveys for a bite to eat. This morning I got a taxi to a small village nearby called Kington and from there climbed up to the Way and headed for Alfriston some 12 miles away. What another glorious day for walking with little cloud in the sky and a cooling easterly breeze. Passed through a small village called Southease which has a tiny Saxon church called St. Peter's which incorporates an unusual Norman round ... read more
Early morning view from the Way
St. Peter's Church, Southease
Thatched cottage in Southease

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes June 2nd 2010

Well what a difference a day makes when it comes to the weather. Hardly a cloud in the sky, sun shining and a gentle breeze on the top of the Downs so as to make the walking enjoyable. This was the day of the big push with 16 miles planned so that I can finish in Eastbourne on Friday and be back in Devon for the weekend. I must have ended up walking about 18 miles as I went ''off track'' a couple of times due to poor waymarking.In amongst it all there were quite a few hills to climb but generally speaking most of the walking was along the spine of the Downs with wonderful views of Brighton and the South Coast. Went pass Devil's Dyke and the story goes this was dug out by ... read more
Not the South Downs Way
OAPs on the move
Stopping for a short break

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes May 9th 2010

Who said you can't celebrate your birthday 5 months after the big day? In early May, 25 of Lawrence's dearest decended to Lewes, a lovely market town in East Sussex. The plan was to celebrate Lawrence's 30th birthday out of London, big stylez; a weekend of relaxing camping, long walks and a cheeky pint or two. However as it happened, we found ourselves pitching-up in what could have been a military camp, run by Sergeant iLoverules, but this didn't damper our spirits as we were blessed with the first sunny weekend away this year. The long country walk quickly turned into a non-exhausting meander in the sun hour, with Lawrence's posse proving that you can spend 12 hours in a country pub, provided there are ample 1980s boardgames on offer.... read more
High as a kite
Lunch at the Pelham Arms

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes November 6th 2009

Halloween + 4th of July = Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night. Most ridiculous holiday. The photos speak for themselves.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes October 19th 2009

So this weekend was the first Rutgers group trip to Lewes, and Jess and I got to meet the other 3 students studying in England: Jonathan, Ariel, and Jessica. Last night we got into Lewes after about an hour-ish train ride from London and went off to dinner after checking into our rooms at the White Hart Hotel. At dinner we met Catherine's husband, Roger, and Stephen, who is married to Jennifer, the president of Rutgers Alumni Association. Jennifer didn't make it because she is a busy corporate lawyer, but the company was good and the food was delicious. After dinner we headed back to Catherine's house for dessert and cinema, where we watched Wallace and Grommit, which is a famous English cartoon about a wacky inventor and his dog, Grommit, who are always trying out ... read more
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