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St Albans, Farnham and Hemel Hempstead


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Edit from January 2019: Fleetville Emporium was demolished in 2016 or 2017, and Dolce Italia on St Peter's Street closed down and became a charity shop at around the same time. Little Marrakesh and the Meating Room are both still going strong though!

We've managed to fit a lot into the last few days!

On New Year's Eve we woke up to heavy frost;

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Dave and I then went to see my Nana, who is unfortunately laid up at the moment with a broken ankle she suffered on Christmas Day.

In the evening Dave and I were thinking about going into London to see the fireworks, but decided against it in the end because it was cold and wet, we were too tired and we felt more like relaxing at home with Mum and Kate and watching the fireworks on TV instead.

On New Year's Day we had a big family gathering and exchanged presents, things we had deliberately not done on Christmas Day this year.

Yesterday was also eventful. The first thing Dave and I did was go back to the church to pay our wedding deposit, give back the filled-in legal document and have our IDs checked. Then we met up with Mum at Dolce Italia café, where we had a hot drink and a cake and I managed to knock my tall glass of hot chocolate off the table into my lap. Thank goodness I was wearing black trousers!

On our way home Dave and I stopped off at the Fleetville Emporium, a large place filled with antiques, vintage clothing, secondhand books, records and lots more. Every time I go there, it's extended itself a bit more. Dave bought some shoe lasts, but I didn't get anything. I did however buy some delicious rum balls from Simmon's nearby.

That evening we went out for dinner at Little Marrakesh, one of my all-time favourite restaurants anywhere in the world. I love everything about this place - the decor, atmosphere, food and service! We shared the Moroccan Mezze as a starter; hummous, tabbouleh, saffron-marinated sautéed potato and carrot chunks, chopped beetroot, filo prawns, a red pepper mixture and crushed grilled aubergine. Then I had grilled swordfish with Moroccan rice and Dave had a tagine, though I've forgotten what kind. The food was as delicious as ever.

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We thought about going into The Boot for a drink afterwards, but it looked too crowded for us, so we gave a miss.

Speaking of food, for lunch today we met up with Emma and Mark at The Meating Room, a fantastic new gourmet burger restaurant in St Albans city centre. This is another place I would recommend to all visitors. The burgers all have local names; I had a St Peter's, their version of a cheeseburger, with a lovely, thick, juicy patty. The burgers all come with amazing rosemary salted chips. I found out that our waitress was from Romania, but had worked with Bulgarians in Romania so had picked up some words from them; I tried out the word for 'thank you' (blagodariya) on her and she understood me, or at least was kind enough to say she did.

Dave left for Manchester late afternoon. After that, Mum and I went to Hemel Hempstead to have dinner at Kate & Andrew's. Special mention to the delicious bread & butter pudding!

Back in St Albans, at about 11pm I'm getting a train to Gatwick for my early-morning flight back to Bulgaria.

Posted by 3Traveller 13:43 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged united_kingdom christmas sisters dave mum st_albans st_peter's_church hemel_hempstead farnham british_cuisine Comments (0)

Wedding plans get going!

St Albans


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Since yesterday morning Dave and I have caught up on sleep, been amazed at Mum's travel-themed redecoration of what was my old bedroom, looked round some of the sales in St Albans city centre and had a nice relaxed evening in with Mum involving her lovely Scandinavian meatballs, a fire in the grate, cherry brandy on ice and a game of Upwords.

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We have also been to the church to see the vicar about our wedding, and the cemetery to visit Dad's grave.

Our wedding date is now officially set!

Off to Manchester tomorrow for a night - a flying visit to see Dave's family.

Posted by 3Traveller 11:22 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged united_kingdom christmas dad dave mum st_albans st_peter's_church Comments (0)

Saddest Epiphany

St Albans

I don't think I can do this justice to be honest, so I will just say that Dad's funeral and the gatherings afterwards in the church hall and then at our house were inspiring and heartwarming. The church was full, the tributes were amazing, the music beautiful and very fitting and the Christmas tree had deliberately been left up for Epiphany. The rain held off until after the burial - in fact the sun came out at one point - and in the church hall afterwards it was clear to me how many people's lives Dad had positively touched. We had spent ages creating photo boards that were put up around the walls; these were poignant to look at but also showed just how dedicated he was to family and friends, how many strings he had to his bow, his sense of humour and so much else.

Speaking of poignancy, however (and I'm sorry if anyone finds this upsetting to read), the moment I found the most affecting during the whole day was when the hearse arrived outside our house to take us to the church. Mum said something like "Dad's arrived" and I suddenly remembered the bright sunny summer's day when we moved into this house back in 1993. Then a contrasting image from the early hours of Christmas morning invaded my thoughts; the image engraved onto my brain of him leaving the house, unconscious, carried in a wheelchair. I was standing in the hall and I saw his eyelids fly open as he got jolted on the last step or two of the stairs; I got a glimpse of his eyes for a second or two but could tell he was not seeing anything. I guessed right then that he was probably not going to re-enter the house.

Posted by 3Traveller 10:36 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged united_kingdom christmas dad st_albans st_peter's_church Comments (0)

First blog post!

St Albans

This is a test entry more than anything else.

I walked around St Albans on Tuesday taking some photos, firstly to have as a reminder of home once I'm in Ecuador and secondly because who knows, I may find that they come in handy at some point when teaching. I took ones of the Clock Tower, French Row, St Albans Abbey Cathedral, Fishpool Street, the war memorial garden with the tower of St Peter's church in the background, Verulamium Park and the stream/ ford at St Michaels, and the Robin Hood and Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pubs.

The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower

Disused side entrance at the Clock Tower

Disused side entrance at the Clock Tower

Eleanor Cross sign on the Clock Tower

Eleanor Cross sign on the Clock Tower

Another sign on the Clock Tower

Another sign on the Clock Tower

View of St Peter's Church taken from the war memorial

View of St Peter's Church taken from the war memorial

Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub

Verulamium Park

Verulamium Park

Verulamium Park

Verulamium Park

Roman remains, Verulamium Park

Roman remains, Verulamium Park

Ford at St Michael's

Ford at St Michael's

Pub sign on historic Fishpool Street

Pub sign on historic Fishpool Street

Historic Fishpool Street

Historic Fishpool Street

The White Hart Inn

The White Hart Inn

The Robin Hood pub

The Robin Hood pub

The Robin Hood pub sign

The Robin Hood pub sign

I'm off to Manchester on the Megabus tomorrow, returning with Dave on Sunday. Then I'll have two full days in St Albans before I leave at 6.20am on Wednesday morning (the 15th)! I really want to visit the bluebell woods in Sandridge before I go, so long as the weather's good, so hopefully I'll be able to do that on Monday or Tuesday.

Posted by 3Traveller 12:34 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged united_kingdom cathedral clock_tower st_albans roman_remains french_row verulamium_park fishpool_street st_peter's_church historic_pub Comments (1)

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