Step Back in Time at the Weald & Downland Museum in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Ever wondered what it was like over the last 1000 years in West Sussex in England? Step back in time at the Weald and Downland Living Museum.

The open-air museum is in the beautiful South Downs in Singleton in West Sussex on the South Coast of England.

You can get there by car or bus. If you are coming from London take the train to Chichester and then the bus from Chichester to Singleton.

What to See

On the 40-acre site discover rescued rural buildings from the past and how people lived and worked in them.

There are more than 50 buildings to explore and see demonstrations from cooking in Tudor times to wheat being ground to make flour at the watermill.

This museum is perfect for all ages and you can even bring the dog! I have been visiting this museum since I was a child and have seen the museum grow and get more interesting over the years.

I went on Mothering Sunday in March with my mum and we had a great day walking around each beautiful rescued building from the past. It is fascinating how Sussex was over the years and how buildings have modernised.

The buildings date as far back as 950 AD to the 19th Century and they are from areas in Sussex and have been rescued from being destroyed.

The buildings are carefully dismantled and then rebuilt on site at the Weald and Downland Museum.

There are live demonstrations of how people dressed and worked, that make you feel like you are really back in that era.

The Buildings

There are so many buildings to visit on site some are clustered together around the ‘town centre’ and others are spread over the grounds.

There are barns, farmhouses, a carpenter’s shop, a joinery shop, a plumber’s workshop, a school, a church, stables, a kitchen, shops, sheds, cattle sheds, houses and a watermill.

All from different eras and you can go inside and see how the furniture was at that time. In some of the older homes, the mattresses of the beds were made of straw and the ceilings were very low.

A some of my favourite buildings are; the Granary this building is from 1731 and inside there is a fire pit inside.

In the town centre are the medieval shops from the 15th century and the upper hall that would have been where meetings would have taken place.

The watermill is from the early 17th century and was in use until 1935. It is very interesting to see how wheat was ground and milled to make flour. It is still working today and they sell the flour in the gift shop.

Popular Cottage is a beautiful thatched roof cottage and inside they are normally cooking demonstrations and you can walk around the house and the garden.

The school is a tiny building with small desks, individual chalkboards on each desk. It shows how far schools have come along!

All of the buildings are very interesting to see from the outside and to explore inside. How the architecture has come along over the centuries and how objects have modernised.

Dining

At the museum, there is a café to have refreshments, a snack or lunch. The café opens before the museum opens so you can have your morning coffee beforehand. We had cappuccinos and cake and they were very nice.

The Café sits beside the mill pond that gives a lovely view if you are sitting by the window or outside. Also, there are picnic benches around the site, so you can bring own lunch or snacks.

Year round there are seasonal events going on so always check on the Weald and Downland website before you go to see what’s on.

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Best Cocktail Bars in Budapest

 

Famous for its picturesque architecture and fairytale setting – Budapest’s bustling nightlife can seem a bit overwhelming, which is why I have teamed up with Last Night of Freedom, to put together a roundup of Budapest’s best cocktail bars guaranteed to make your next trip one to remember!

Blue Fox In the Bar

If you’re looking for something a bit unusual, then this cocktail bar is for you! Full to the rim of mesmerising cocktails, Blue Fox is the ultimate mecca for all Instagram worthy cocktails. Presented in the most elegant and imaginative way, this bar is the perfect backdrop for a girl’s day out. This place is known for mixing the classics right, and the innovative new drinks with flair and precision -making you forget everything you thought you knew about cocktails, after an afternoon here.

Tuk Tuk Bar

Take a journey back in time and celebrate the enchanting era of the 1920s, with a stop at the colourful Tuk Tuk bar. Modelled and designed on the period, when women were first allowed to walk accompanied and look glamorous while doing so. This bar offers nothing but a celebration of culture and colourful cocktails. Savour the fresh ingredient, homemade syrups while you watch in awe as the skilled bartenders pour up your favourite cocktails – keeping you entrained all night.

 

Best Cocktail Bars in Budapest

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Kiosk

One of the most famous cocktail bars in Budapest, this metropolitan is the perfect place for your holiday celebrations. Situated in a grand former university theatre, this bar makes the geometric centre of Budapest. Boasting unique style and flavours, the cocktail menu offers everything from Chai KIOSK, with its Chai tea, infused Absolut vodka, fig jam, Strongbow, gold cider and chocolate bitter – to the equally lethal Margarita Reloaded, made from Corralejo blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, pineapple juice, cardamon syrup and smoked with absinthe.

Warm up

Like the name suggest this bar is the perfect place to start your night out. Changing perceptions of cocktail bars since its opening in 2014, this bar is committed to shake, mix and twist each guest drink in a unique way. To get your very own bespoke cocktail, all you have to do is tell the bartender what kind of flavours, scents and historical eras you enjoy. Warming up has never been more fun!

Bar Pharma

If you’re looking for something a bit different then Bar Pharma is the place for you. Daring to be different, you can enjoy the science of all things alcohol. Designed in vintage pharmacy interiors paired with dim lighting and periodic tables lining the walls, you can enjoy shots of in medicine bottles. When you’re there why not try their signature Millionaire cocktail? Which evokes an ethos of Prohibition-era with cola reduction, vanilla, egg yolk and shaken egg whites.

 

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Boutiq’Bar

Listed in drink International magazine’s 50 best cocktail bars in the world, the neo-speakeasy Boutiq’Bar, is favoured by ladies looking for a sophisticated hen night.

Thanks to its outstanding reputation, the bartenders are committed to mixing your perfect cocktail.

Get lost in the plethora of ingredients, including Mexican chilli and African vanilla, to Caribbean rose peppercorn and Thai lemongrass to create mouth-watering concoctions. Hanky Panky, Vesper Martini and Flying Dutchman are all Boutiq’Bar classics, but, if you want to truly embrace Hungarian culture on your hen weekend, grab yourselves a round of pálinka – a super strength fruit brandy.

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The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

Cheers travellers! This post comes to you while enjoying my Sippin Gypsy Sparkling Lemonade as I revisit my travels to the charming historic district of Savannah Georgia.   I love Savannah for her lush shaded squares and beautiful architecture of an age gone by.  Of the many flavour pallets indigenous to America, the southern cuisine is one of my favourites and Savannah delivers every time with creative twists on classic comfort food dishes.

Savannah is also a town to indulge yourself with luxurious accommodations, eclectic shops and boutiques and a people passionate about their hometown. Altogether, these charms combine to help you enjoy the epitome of southern hospitality.

My preference is to visit in the spring or fall.  Savannah can be beastly humid in the summer and brisk in the winter, but she is always beautiful and welcoming. There is so much offered in a very walkable neighbourhood with a comfortable balance of indoor and outdoor options for exploring.  Give yourself at least two to three days to really enjoy Savannah GA and come hungry…you won’t be disappointed.

I’ve been to Savannah several times over the years for the simple pleasure of going and just enjoying walking around and exploring.  Each visit I can stroll up a new street and take in the stunning, well-manicured properties with beautiful courtyards and unique details. While in Savannah, I love that many of these beautiful historic homes have been converted into Bed and Breakfast Inns.  One of my favourite Inns is the Hamilton Turner Inn.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

The rooms are elegant with touches from the past but very modernized and comfortable with air conditioning and other luxurious details that leave you feeling pampered.  As a Bed and Breakfast, a delicious meal every morning is part of the package.  This is a great way to start the day, a warm home cooked dish with the southern flair.

Many of the Inns also offer a wine reception in the late afternoon. When planning a family getaway to Savannah it is important to note that most of the Bed and Breakfast’s do not allow children, so when the kids go with me to Savannah, we love staying at the Mansion on Forsyth or The Marshall House.

The Mansion of Forsyth is directly across from the beautiful Fortsyth Park with her majestic trees and iconic fountain.  The park includes a playground that the kids can run around on while my husband and I enjoy a cocktail from the lounge in the hotel.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

The Mansion on Forsyth also has a sister property on the river, both hotels constantly run a complimentary shuttle between the two locations for guests to save on the distance walking just to get to River and Bay Street or back to Forsyth Park.  The Marshall House is much closer to the action of the historic district of Savannah.

Each room in The Marshall House has carefully preserved details from the past. The building served as a hospital during the civil war so of course there are rumours of ghosts and spirits, but I can assure you during both of my stays at The Marshall House, I had no visitors from other realms or any disrupted sleep.

Southern cuisine…  Rich and hearty with dishes that aren’t afraid of butter, cream and lots of seafood.  Shrimp and Grits, Crab Cakes and Fried Green Tomatoes in some form or another make their way to almost every menu across Savannah.  Olde Pink House and Pirate’s House are iconic Savannah restaurants for classic southern cuisine.

I’ve also enjoyed dining at sunset with a riverfront view at Vics on the River or live music and great cocktails at Jazz’d.  But Savannah isn’t all only southern cuisine, many restaurants pride themselves on unique dishes with fun flavour pairings.  For a more creative dining experience, we’ve had fun trying various plates at Treylor Park or their sister location, Hitch.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

Ever had Peanut Butter and Jelly Hot Wings??  I have, at Treylor Park…and they are oddly delicious!! For a special occasion and truly incredible cuisine, Alligator Soul has left a lasting impression on my own foodie soul for memorable flavours and eclectic pairings.  It’s become a tradition with my family to ensure our first morning starts at Mirabelle Café.

While they specialize in Liege Waffles and locally sourced Perc Coffee, all of the goodies on the menu are delicious.  As a break in the middle of hot afternoons, we indulge at another iconic location: Leopold’s Ice Cream… many of the flavours update seasonally….so even if it’s your second or third visit back to Savannah, check out the new flavours and take a moment to cool off.

One of the best things about Savannah: her historic district is an open container area.  Sippin Gypsy Travelers know this means they can grab a delicious cocktail to go and keep exploring!  This is one of my favourite ways to see a city.  I feel like I can see and try so much more.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

While in Savannah, I am still getting through the variety of Bloody Marys that are unique to each bar.  No one bar in Savannah makes this cocktail the same way!  Currently one of my favourite Bloody Marys is from the Pirate’s House at the edge of the Historic District.  I order mine extra spicy…  Please share if you have uncovered a favourite spot for great Bloody Marys in Savannah, I’ll add it to my list to try!

Savannah offers so much to explore and see during your visit.  I am a huge fan of tours as an overview when you visit any city.  I have done almost every tour offered in Savannah.  I love a good ghost story, so of course, the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour was right up my alley.

But I truly enjoyed getting into the details of the architecture and history of Savannah Old City Walks paired us with a passionate local that took us through the city and off the main streets to find unique details.  I also highly recommend a Savannah food tour,  I really enjoyed Savannah Taste Experience, this really took me to eclectic places that I may not have originally chosen to visit, but introduced me new spots to come back to and try more!

The Telfair Museums offer a package deal to tour all three of their locations including a tour of the well preserved Owens-Thomas House to see what life was like in early Savannah. Your ticket is good for a few days, so you can spread out the visits to the museums in between other activities. Broughton St. is your main destination for some truly fun shopping experiences.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

 

Please do yourself a favour and stop in for delicious chocolates in the most beautiful boutique at Chocolate by Adam TuroniThe Paris Market is a delightful way to take a break from the heat and shop, you will find chic, posh housewares as well as unique gifts.

As the sun sets, grab a cocktail at Rocks on the Roof of the Bohemian Hotel, this bar offers a stunning view of the river and bridge and is the perfect spot to catch a magical sunset before hitting the town for more sippin and strollin.  Jazz’d and City Market will both offer live music into the night.

But a local favourite is to grab that cocktail to go and pop in and out of different spots for music and fun with your friends.

Savannah really is a beautiful town with so much to offer.  The people are warm and hospitable and set the bar for what true southern hospitality is.  Her careful preservation of historic details and glimpses into the past coupled with her delicious cocktail and cuisine offerings makes Savannah a truly special and memorable getaway.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

Kristin started Sippin Gypsy as a way to catalogue her experiences and offer helpful tips from her travels as she explores the world sip by sip. See more Sippin Gypsy travel suggestions as well as cocktail recipes inspired by each location at www.sippingypsy.com.

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6 Steps to Finding the Perfect Cheap Holiday

 

There are many fantastic low-cost holiday providers out there, but there are a few sure-fire ways to get a cheaper holiday. Here are 6 easy ways to cut the costs on your next getaway.

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1. Book flights early, but not too early. Experts believe that the golden booking date is 53 days before departure. Also, on that note try and keep your bookings to a Tuesday or a Wednesday, avoiding weekends and bank holidays where possible.

2. While hotels can often be the lap of luxury, you might end up paying the price for the preference. For example, rather than booking an expensive hotel in Spain, try checking out Spain holiday lettings instead. Although the perk of some hotels is the all you can eat bars, the cost when pitched against a self-service apartment is steep. For larger groups, you can all pitch in and book a gorgeous fancy villa, for smaller groups, couples or solo travellers check apartments. Sometimes there are perks like private pools, private beaches, and fantastic friendly neighbours.

3. Could you get a refund on your ticket price? Some airlines have a refund policy if the price drops between when you purchased and when you fly. After you have purchased your flights, set up a price alert to get updates sent to your phone. Then, if the price appears cheaper – without being on sale – you can call to claim a voucher for the difference in price. Check with your airline upon booking to see what options you have.

 

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4. Decided on a package holiday? Spend some time on comparison websites. If you can be a bit more flexible on your departure dates and times, you’ll be able to trim some of the cost with ease. Set up accounts with a few, and opt to get offers, sales, and discounts sent to your email address. You’ll need to be quick to snap these up though!

5. Don’t be afraid to haggle. The aim of the game here is to be armed with all the information you need, to get the bargain you want.
The trick here is to make sure you have noted the total cost for:
• Hotel
• Meals
• Transfers
• Tour operator
• Extras – kids go free / activities

Now, it is time to drop a polite and friendly call to travel agents, to give them the opportunity to beat the quote. In general, it’s better to ask for a discount per person, rather than overall – the reduction will seem smaller when broken down.

6. Don’t think of travel insurance as a luxury or unnecessary item. There are some simple tips you can follow to keep you and your friends and family safe while travelling. One of those is to purchase the correct travel insurance for your trip. Millions of people don’t book travel insurance in quite the right way. For a start, book it the moment you book your holiday. Why? It can help protect your money if someone due to go on the holiday falls ill or you need to cancel. Check out money saving expert for the lowdown on getting excellent travel insurance.

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Spice Up Your Travel This Summer With A Slice Of Something Exciting

When you think about the highlight of your year, unless you have a special occasion coming up, then it’s more than likely that you’ll be looking forward to your summer vacation more than anything else. But if you’re starting to get bored with the kind of travel that you’ve been sticking too for a while, you might like to spice things up a little by finding your perfect getaway. And no, this doesn’t mean that you have to book something luxury or even step out of your comfort zone. Instead, you just need to find something a little exciting and different that you’re going to really look forward to. So let’s take a look at some different options that you have for this.

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Stay Lakeside

If you usually find yourself heading to the local coast or a beachside spot down south, why not shake that up a little. You might not know it, but there are tons of incredible small lake towns that could provide you with the perfect break backdrop. Lakeside locations are always romantic. When you’re in a remote spot, there’s often no better way to rest, relax, and make the most of your downtime.

Learn Something New

Who says you have to be in college to enjoy a bit of education? If you want to do things differently this year, then why not think about learning something new on your travels? Head to a California vineyard and learn how wines are made. Or maybe visit a small town most known for its tourist trade and get to know it a little more. This can often make for a really fun and interesting experience on your travels.

Spice Up Your Travel This Summer With A Slice Of Something Exciting

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Get Musical

Who doesn’t love to enjoy anything music related in the summer? So when it comes to making some travel plans this year, why not follow the sound of music? Whether it’s in the form of the Rolling Stones exhibit or even a festival like Lollapalooza, getting musical will always spice up your summer plans. And if you get to squeeze in a bit of travel, sightseeing, and foodie goodness at the same time, who’s complaining?

Take A Tour

If you do really want to make sure that you soak up the sun and enjoy lazy days on the beach, then why not make a real song and dance of things? Instead of heading down south, head to Europe. Not only could do you do some island hopping Greece and really feel like a nomad, but you could travel through the mainland, from countryside to coast to city, and take in some fun and exciting cultures this summer.

Hit The Road

And finally, if you’ve never done it before, then you should definitely take yourself on the All American road trip. Driving the Pacific Coast Highway is something that every American should look to do in their lifetime. Not only is it incredibly freeing, but you’ll often get to see some really amazing locations along the way, and you kind of get to enjoy a bunch of mini vacations in one.

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