Mafia connections, the Emerald Isle and a Highland Fling travel blog

Sandringham house

Charming Horsey Windpump

Wreck of the Sheraton at Hunstanton Beach

Freaky razor shells at Hunstanton

Hunstanton Cliffs and mossy rocks

Just a big kid at heart

Norfolk Lavender farm - very pretty

A traditional haystack - a very rare sight

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside...

The seaside here isn't like back home for one thing the beaches are very, very wide and there aren't any waves and not much sun either, well not the days we visited. It takes forever just to walk to the actual water's edge. At Hunstanton we stayed in a lovely AirBNB in a five storey townhouse. Thankfully our room was only on the first floor. This area is renowned for its unique striped cliffs and magnificent sunsets, made special by its position on The Wash (one of the broadest estuaries in the UK, it is fed by the rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse) as the only west-facing resort on the East coast.

We did see the sun setting while walking through a heavy down pour on our way to find any place open for dinner after 8.00pm! We couldn't really admire it for too long as it was very wet and we were very hungry.

The next morning our host provided four huge croissants, strawberry jam and fresh strawberries for breakfast, delicious! Even better, though, the sun was shining....

We walked down to the beach to see the striped cliffs and discovered a shipwreck, it was the wreck of the Sheraton, a trawler that was launched in 1907. The two tone cliffs are reddish limestone laid down during the Lower Cretaceous period topped by a white chalk layer from the Upper Cretaceous period and would look amazing in the afternoon when the sun would be shining on it. The beach was very interesting with lots of expossed mossy rocks and loads of seashells washed up including razor shells which reminded me of very long fingernails, some were six inches long!

Near Hunstanton we also visited the Norfolk Lavender farm which was in full bloom. There were so many different types of lavender flowering in the fields - we also saw an interesting display of lavender oil being distilled. These fields are on the Sandringham estate on private land.

We hadn't realised we were near to Sandringham where the Queen and Royal family usually spend their Christmas, so we popped in for a tour to see how the other half live! Not surprising lots of amazing antiques and beautiful gardens.....

Great Yarmouth seemed to be a little Las Vegas on the East Coast. The seafront was filled with old Victorian hotels and amusement arcades. The town has a very rich history dating back to Roman times. It once had a strong herring fishing industry which is all fished out now and a railway built in 1844 opened it up to visitors. It was bombed by the Germans in both World Wars.

It has two Victorian Piers, A beautiful glass Winter Garden (which was closed) and numerous theme parks and Pleasure Grounds.

Great Yarmouth's seafront, known as "The Golden Mile" attracts millions of visitors each year to its sandy beaches, indoor and outdoor attractions and amusement arcades. Sadly Grae and I quickly became addicted to the two penny pusher slot machines .....Not that we won, but we had a lot of fun....

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