It's been a long weekend here in England and Mr Bite and I have just returned from 2 nights in Norfolk. I organised the trip as a birthday present for Mr Bite, although given his birthday was in April, it's been a rather delayed present for him to experience!
Norfolk was one of the few counties we hadn't visited as a couple and I don't think I had visited it at all. It's not really en route to anywhere else and it doesn't have any 'star attractions'. However, the county has a character all of its own and the main city, Norwich, is particularly appealing. We had an enjoyable and relaxing few days exploring the area, and so I thought I'd share some highlights in photo form.
The castle and the cathedral dominate the city, along with some 30-odd smaller (but still impressive) churches.
Norfolk is coastal but also has lots of inlets and canals. The Blakeney National Nature Reserve sits at the northern edge of the county and blends marshland with coastal tributaries. Apparently it is a good place to see seals, but you need to take a boat tour to do so, which we didn't do.
|Blakeney National Nature Reserve|
We did take in lots of walks, and timed the visit well for Spring flowers and greenery.
|Purple fields near Blakeney|
Norfolk is renowned for its flatness, so that aided with walking too!
We also made good use of our National Trust memberships with visits to Felbrigg Hall and the Blickling Estate. We took a supermarket-provided picnic to Felbrigg and I was pleased to discover that Tesco have a new falafel, red pepper and tabbouleh salad that is vegan if you leave off the yoghurt dressing.
At Blickling we ate at the on-site restaurant, with Mr Bite and I both enjoying the carrot, tarragon and poppyseed soup, one of several vegan-friendly or vegetarian choices on offer.
Food aside, Blickling was one of the more substantial National Trust properties we've visited and we enjoyed hearing the history of the property (which was once owned by the Boleyn family, of Anne Boleyn fame) and taking in the gardens.
It's a shame to return to work tomorrow, but I'm grateful to have had the mini break and we certainly packed far more into the three days than we would have done at home!
How did you spend your weekend?