Monday, 29 September 2014

The Lake District:: Cumbria, England

A few weeks ago we took a road trip to England. I told Luis that the only place I really wanted to stop was The Lake District (aka The Lakes or Lakeland). It is famous not only for its lakes, forests and mountains but it is also associated with famous poet William Wordsworth and writer Beatrix Potter.

Have you seen the film Miss Potter starring Renee Zellweger?  It is the incredible life story of Beatrix Potter and her wonderful children's stories like Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. Beatrix Potter lived in The Lake District on her very own farm. She was such an independent woman! She bought up acres and acres of farmland throughout her life. When she died she bequeathed thousands of acres to The National Trust of England. Making the land untouchable. It can not be built on or changed. What a wonderful gift that she gave this great nation! I wanted to see it.

We had a long way to drive home but we took a detour through The Lake District and I have to say that this is the most beautiful piece of land I have ever seen in The United Kingdom. It is stunning. Stone walls that are hundred's of years old separate the farms. Beautiful small cottages and animals dot the land. I can not adequately describe the beauty of this place. It was the perfect sunny day. 

We drove for awhile until we came to the town of Windermere. Which was so quaint that I want to scream. It was perfection! Shops for everything you could imagine all with flowers overflowing. We stopped for some homemade ice cream. I got the pink grapefruit sorbet and it was sweet and just the right amount of tart. Sebastian had chocolate and Luis had the pistachio (of course). We stopped at a confectionery and picked up some English Fudge and other treats. We passed cute little cafe's and everyone was sitting outside to enjoy the sunshine.

We made our way down to the lake and watched passengers rent old wooden row boats and I vowed when we come back someday I would take a boat tour. Sebastian was having a blast just walking around and looking at everything and everyone. It was so nice to get out of the car and walk around such a beautiful place. Luis and I talked about how much we wanted to come here for a holiday one day. It was everything I was hoping for and more.