If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge Jane Austen fan…right down to having a Jane Austen bucket list…ask me about the Bronte sisters and I don’t have a clue!  I was watching the BBC production of Emma a few while ago when I was having a bad day (I like to destress via an Austen drama) and realised that they hadn’t used the village of Lacock in Wiltshire so I put on my PI Google hat and went a googling…and found Chilham in Kent.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

We were heading down to Kent to visit a sick relative so we made a little detour to visit to Chilham and it was everything I had hoped it to be.  As we were driving to Chilham, I told G that there weren’t many photos of Chilham on instagram and it wasn’t insta-famous which I was rather pleased about (I like visiting little hidden gems that aren’t too touristy)…G then took the mickey out of me for the next five minutes over these comments (deservedly so!).

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

As soon as we pulled into the tiny village, the door was open and I was out of the car before G had even come to a complete stop…I completely forgot about G until 45 minutes later…he was apparently happy as it meant he wasn’t dragged past a million doors.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

The village is only tiny so it doesn’t take very long to wander around however it’s very pretty so you could take a while if you love photography.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

Chilham has a grand old history including a visit from Jane Austen as she had dinner at Chilham Castle which you can see from the middle of the square – unfortunately you can’t visit the castle (or possibly fortunately for G as he was hobbling around on crutches!)…it’s a truly wonderful thought that this tiny village that Jane Austen had visited for dinner was then used by the BBC in their production of Emma centuries later.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

^^Chilham Castle

Of course there was a church to visit where it was thought Thomas Beckett was buried…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…I was more taken with the snowdrops that have finally started to appear…happy dance as it means spring is just around the chilly corner…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…and the tree in the churchyard which is older than the church itself (the church dates back to the 15th century); it was badly damaged in the famous storm of 1987 which the weather man said there would be no storm…the weather man was VERY wrong.  (G’s family talk about this storm quite a lot…the English like to yarn about the weather!)

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

There is a cute little shop in the market square selling all the gifts a girl could want…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…I closed my eyes, took a photo of the pretty blankets and moved on…I do love a good ol’ blanket and I have picked up a few on my travels in the past (Our Norwegian blanket that G told me we would never use, is always in use mainly by G!).

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

After almost giving myself RSI from taking way too many photos…I herded G into the cute little tea rooms that I saw while I was wandering around…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…and yes they did gluten free…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…we sat across from a cute little mother and son, the mother was in her 80’s and was dozing over her cup of tea…she was awfully cute and her son really took care of her making sure she didn’t trip over her extra long scarf on the way out etc; it reminded me of my mummy with birdie nana…you can see them heading back to the car through the window here holding hands…now you see them…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…now you don’t!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

I’m pretty sure aliens have taken over G’s body recently as once again he ordered a bloody tuna salad while I took one for team gluten free and ordered the victoria sponge and a scone…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…both were amazing and I would say the scones are almost on par with Claridge’s and don’t get me started about how great that gluten free victoria sponge was…buttery perfection to a whole new level.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

After all that deliciousness, it was time to head back to Rochester where we were staying for the night…complete with a victoria sponge doggy bag!

I absolutely adored Chilham and would highly recommend a visit if you’re into wobbly buildings, fabulous gluten free cake or just love snooping around a tiny little village.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

Travel Tips for Chilham, Kent

  • All roads lead to the market square however there is a limited amount of parking but there is free parking at the bottom and it’s an easy stroll up one of the many roads to the centre.
  • Highly recommend Shelly’s Tea Rooms in Chilham if you’re after gluten free cakes and scones…G said it was the best tuna salad he’s had for a while and I think we would happily drive almost three hours just to visit these tea rooms again.
  • There are two little pubs in the village and one of them offers accommodation
  • Chilham is rather close to Canterbury so if you have a car then it would be worth a little detour to visit this little village
  • Some interesting facts I learnt about Chilham while eating cake – Jane Austen stayed nearby at Godmersham Park and dined at Chilham Castle; Chilham has the perfect example of a Tudor Village Square and is often used in tv series and movies due to this and a member of the Digges Family that went on to become the first Governor General of Virginia took a Mulberry cutting from Chilham and planted them on Mulberry Island hence it’s name.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

xx

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Weight: 98.1 kgs

“Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 7, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

No change…potentially this is a good thing as it wasn’t a good week food wise…birthday weeks never are!

Shake Your Booty

I’ve started exercising this week…it’s taken a while for the iron tablets to take effect (it’s amazing what two weeks without them does to your body and your energy levels!) so finally feel like I can manage exercise again.  Slowly but surely wins the race.

What I’m Up Too…

This week is super busy as it’s birthday week…we have three birthdays in five days and for five days each year, G and his brother are the same age…eek!

G made the mistake of telling me to be at home by 5pm on Thursday from work for my birthday…I’m not good with surprises after an incident at 16 with a certain school friend and half a heart…needless to say that G enjoyed tormenting me but possibly not the million and one messages I sent him.  We went out for a lovely dinner at my favourite restaurant in Bedford that you need to book weeks in advance…thankfully I didn’t need the spare two pairs of knickers that I had chucked in my handbag just in case (and I’m not joking about the knickers!).

Shrove Tuesday is just around the corner and if you’re looking for a fabulous gluten free pancake recipe and ideas on yummy fillings then you need to read Rachel’s Creme Egg gluten free pancake recipe…I can vouch for these and they’re super yummy…tried and tested on Monday…I’m the local upmarket gluten free drug dealer…I’m going to give them a try tomorrow.

Anyway enough of my babbling…party time.

xx

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Weight: 98.1 kg

“It is not every man’s fate to marry the woman who loves him best” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 6, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Up..up and away!  I have IBS issues again…

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 6, 2017

…thanks to Leeks!  The restaurant pointed out that the meal came with mushrooms and I was okay with that okay…love mushrooms…didn’t see any mushrooms ONLY leeks…woke up the following morning with that stomach…spent the day with my jeans undone!  Sorry for the crappy photo but it was a quick snap from Instagram stories.  This is what happens when I eat onions, garlic, celery, spring onions or leeks; thankfully Bedford Hospital and I were able to work out what my triggers were after doing the FODMAP diet, I was one of the lucky devils that got to be a guinea pig a number of years ago when they first started using the diet on the NHS…and there was nothing to help you online bar the initial research out of Australia.

Shake Your Booty

Next….maybe this week…hmmm maybe not!

What I’m Up Too…

So after my PMS rage diary entry from last week which came complete with a million and one spelling mistakes…I feel a load better…no more rage, is it because I started taking evening primrose oil again on the request of G…who knows!  Just having my “normal” fibroid issues this week…I wasn’t too bad until today at John Lewis.

Rushed to the loo at John Lewis, all the stalls were full…so I’m trying to squeeze my pelvic floor muscles like a ninja…I’m not sure if this was going to help…it didn’t!  Can hear a mother talking to her son telling him to pull up his pants and stop touching the toilet seat…after her third request telling her son to not touch the toilet seat, I almost kicked the door in myself to tell him to pull his f**king pants up and stop touching the toilet seat…of course I flooded in my overheated rage and no I didn’t have my evening primrose oil today.  Met G at the cafe where he had bought me a chocolate eclair which wasn’t gluten free…honestly…he ate said chocolate eclair x 2 and I drunk a cup of tea with no milk.

So that was Sunday.

We went down to Kent to visit G’s mum’s aunt who is currently in hospital on Friday and Saturday…you have to love a lady that only has a handbag to carry her bottle of gin in.  I managed to pop down to the gift shop to buy her some lollies and custard creams to fill up her handbag…apparently Gin isn’t allowed inside hospital.

Since we were down in that neck of the woods, G and I visited Chilham which was on my Jane Austen Bucket List

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 6, 2017

…then the following day we took G’s mum to visit Rye which is where she’s wanted to visit for a while.  Ticked two bucket list items off in a weekend.

G is still on sick leave…two more days to go…I’ve come to the conclusion that dishwashers aren’t there to make our lives any easier…they are there to start World War 3…honestly you can take a clean spoon out of the dishwasher but not unload the whole thing…boys!!  He was warned a few times that the crutches will end up where the sun don’t shine shortly.

Very excited to be seeing Rachel tomorrow for gluten free creme egg pancakes…I’m bringing along my 16 kilos of gluten free flour…pretty sure I’m going to look like a huge drug dealer tomorrow evening!

And a big Happy Birthday to Stacey and G…it really does suck trying to go out for a birthday meal on Valentines Day!

Anyway enough of my babbling…sleep time.

xx

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Shhh don’t tell anyone but Athens is one of my favourite European cities…it’s authentic, charming and there is a dose of history around every corner.  We only had 48 hours in Athens on this occasion however we put it to good use by *cough* relaxing and eating.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

We arrived late afternoon in Athens and caught a taxi from the airport (beware of the taxi drivers; we were pretty firm with our driver after he tried it on…just the once!) and checked into the Intercontinental Athens (not my favourite hotel in Athens and will write a review one day; it felt a bit dated, soulless and the service was mixed).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The first night we had access to the Intercontinental Club lounge where we enjoyed a light supper via the nibbles in the lounge and a few drinks while appreciating the view over the city.

The next morning we had a full day…to be fair we’ve done a number of the touristy things in Athens that you really should tick off on a visit to the city so we decided to climb a hill to get another view over the city from the Hill of the Muses…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…it’s pretty wonderful up there…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…with great views over the city…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…make sure you wear sensible shoes as it’s not stable ground.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After our stroll up a hill, we managed to end up in a middle of a religious procession that we had no idea about…thankfully a lovely old Greek lady grabbed me and explained that it was a particular saints day and we were close to her church (I have a funny feeling it was Catherine but I could be just making that up!) but it’s one of the reasons why I love Athens – the culture, history, religion and the friendly people that stop and chat to you…we held hands as she explained everything.  A truly lovely moment that I will cherish.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

G decided that he needed a ride on a segway and I wasn’t really feeling up for a segway tour so while he whizzed around seeing the city from different vantage points (he really loved this tour!)...I used my feet and just lost myself in the streets of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…photographing the hell out of it…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…the city felt a tad festive which surprised me (never thought of Christmas and Greece together before…doh!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens at times does remind me of Paris…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…pretty in pink to make the boys wink!

The city felt empty of tourists, it was November so it was nice to chat to shop keepers and one in particular stopped me when he saw that my camera was on manual mode not auto…he loved photography so we had a chat…the Greeks love to chat.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

I managed to photograph myself a few doors of course!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Unfortunately I had fibroid issues on this day (once you overheat, it’s game over!) and ended up having to change my entire bottom half in the smallest and smelliest toilet in all of Athens…the joys of not being able to flush paper down the toilet makes public toilets reek even more than usual!  I’m still pretty proud of myself balancing on one shoe while trying to pull off and chuck on jeans in what felt like a tiny cage.  I survived to tell the tale!

I did ponder about buying a pair of slippers…I haven’t succumbed yet but next time a pair of these bad boys are coming home with me…along with another 25 litres of olive oil.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After a quick walk back to the hotel, a shower and a brisk walk to the Hotel Grande Bretagne as I was meeting G for afternoon tea…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…G wanted to make sure that the Grande Bretagne in Athens still made the best scones in the whole world…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they were rigorously tested (don’t ask me why the napkin ended up there…the shirt desperately needed a iron and he needed a trim as well which I was nagging him about)…they still hold the number one spot so if you’re a gluten eating monster then you need to make sure you pop in and taste their scones and their gluten free afternoon tea is pretty good as well!

We decided to head up to the terrace bar at the hotel which offers fabulous views over Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and then watch the sunset…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I managed to get over my fear of flying rats (joking…still totally petrified of birds!  And I forgot to focus the darn thing on the bird…doh!)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they make a rather tasty mocktail if you’re that way inclined which I am!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The following morning I decided to head out again to discover some more beauty spots around the historical centre of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is famous for it’s street art…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…in between ducking inside a few art shops, Athens does some seriously good art if you like bright bold striking colours (which I do!)….and yes there is a lot of graffiti as well…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is fabulous for people watching as it’s full of funny little characters like this gentleman who gave me a wink when I dropped in a few coins; traditional Greek music and possibly helping someone out is good for the soul (you never know a persons circumstances)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I found all this just by walking around the touristy area of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I love a colourful destination…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens does make me smile and I thought to myself, hmmm 48 hours in Athens really isn’t enough even on my 4th visit to the city!  I stumbled on a few ancient ruins…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…another man entertaining the small crowd of only me…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and just kept wandering around (I managed to find myself a few cushion covers and a load of olive oil…yes I’m officially old!).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Travel Tips for Athens, Greece

  • The historical centre of Athens is quite compact so you can walk around with slightly pretty shoes if you fancy (just don’t do heels!)
  • I’ve stayed at a few hotels in Athens and my favourite is the Hotel Grande Bretagne (great location, lovely service, iconic hotel which is part of the Starwood chain of hotels) or there is the Intercontinental Athens (IHG chain of hotels) which is more business focussed and takes approximately 10 minutes to walk into the historic centre.
  • A taxi will cost you 38 euros from the airport to downtown Athens and this is a fixed rate but could change so check the board at the taxi stand – some taxi drivers will try and play funny buggers so I suggest having two 20 euro notes available rather than a 50 euro note and don’t listen to their bollocks about riots closing roads in central Athens – they just don’t want to take you all the way into the city
  • You can catch the metro or buses from the airport which takes approximately an hour and is a cheaper alternative.
  • If you are looking for a day trip from Athens then I would suggest Nafplio, the Islands of the Saronic Gulf or the Poseidon Temple which are all worth while and I’ve visited them all.  Plus I have a load more Athens tips here including where to buy Greek Sandals and another great view point.
  • Athens is really quite hip and it’s slowly becoming a foodie hotspot – Greek food is on the rise; simple but tasty flavours and you can easily find gluten free options!
  • The Hotel Grande Bretagne offer a lovely afternoon tea in their Winter Garden which is definitely worth checking out.
  • Athens is often dubbed as boring and overlooked as an entry / exit point for the Greek Islands; I always suggest 48 hours in Athens to really discover an authentic European city where history, locals and tourists mingle making it a great alternative city break destination.  Athens won’t be for everyone but I love it!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

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