Guide to Ipswich

Ipswich is the charming county town of Suffolk, located on the estuary of the river Orwell, presumed to be the inspiration for author Blaire to change his name to George Orwell.

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Replete with well-preserved and quaint one-storey buildings, including the 15th century ‘Ancient House’ in the Buttermarket area, Ipswich offers a pleasant contrast to the bustle of London, which is only 100 kms away.

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Wander around the town centre – The layout of the town centre can only be described as adorable, with local pubs, vegetable market, town churches et al jostling for your attention. Take a stroll around the buttermarket area, gaze at the heritage buildings, peep into adorable homes, grab a lunch at Zizzi’s, watch the latest movie, drop into the reading room, hear the church bells toll while you savour a pastry from Patesserie Valerie.

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Meet the Giles Family – The town of Ipswich is steeped in history, Charles Dickens stayed at the Great White Horse Hotel when he wrote ‘Pickwick Papers’; Dr. George Birkbeck founded one of the first ‘Mechanics’ Institute’ which operates to this day as the Ipswich library and reading room. One such famed icon was cartoonist Carl Giles who lived in Ipswich and whose popular satirical cartoon was widely loved. He is commemorated with a statue of Grandma and the ‘Giles family’ menagerie in Queen Street, overlooking the window of the newspaper office where he worked.

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Picnic at Holywells Park – The Holywells park much like the rest of Ipswich has history going back thousands of years. Tools from the Stone Age, as well as Bronze Age axes and Roman Coins have been discovered at this 67 acre park. The beautiful park is home to a large number of birdlife and is ideal for a summer picnic. On the way back to the town, head to the pier at sunset for a romantic walk under the shimmering lights of the waterfront.

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Visit Cambridge – The famed university town of Cambridge is a short train ride away from Ipswich and visit it you must. Cambridge’s architecture and gardens are spectacular; Punting in Cambridge is a wonderful way of looking at the beautiful ‘Bridge of Sighs’ and the ‘Mathematical Bridge’ while on the river Cam. I especially enjoyed musing over the sculptural and entirely mechanical ‘Corpus Clock’.

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Goan Rhapsody

Here is a glimpse of the immeasurable beauty of Goa.

The beautiful Portuguese houses..

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Mapusa
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Campal

..and churches.

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Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim

Delicious Goan food such as aloo bhaji poori..

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Cafe Tato, Panjim

..and ros omlette

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Mapusa Junction

The quaint cafes

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Bardez

And the endless sunshine!

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Morjim
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La Plage, Ashwem

Road Trip to Mysore

My dear friend was visiting India for a short while and to make the most of her time here we embarked on a road trip to Mysore.

#1 Stopped for breakfast at Shivalli and was thrilled to find beautiful
bonsai at their nursery.

#2 Mesmerised by the art of making Mysore Silk Sarees, embellished with
pure gold at the KSIC factory.

#3 Delicious pizzas and great company(!) for an alfresco lunch at
the Old House, Jayalakshmipuram.

#4 Found beautiful, vintage postcards at Oriental Arts,
Jaganmohan Palace.

#5 A refreshing walk at the lush, expansive gardens of the
Lalith Mahal Palace.

When in Goa

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Thalassa, Mariketty’s Place

Dine at Thalassa – Order greek wine and gaze at the beautiful expanse of ocean while you wait for the chef to prepare your ‘grilled fish for the day’.

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Treasure Hunting at Casa Popular

Antiquing at ‘Casa Popular’ – Rummage through Casa Popular’s prized collection of old postcards and vintage stamps.

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Vagator

Climb a Hill at Vagator – Let the sweet smell of fresh grass fill your senses while you hike to the summit to see more of the beloved ocean.

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The Golden Hour

Catch the Golden Light – Plonk yourself in the ocean and watch a magical sunset unfold.