Seal watching at Blakeney Point, Norfolk

The Bank Holiday weekend saw us heading to Norfolk. I had checked the weather forecast and it seemed favourable, so off we went on our way to Morston - a small village on Norfolk coast from where regular seal watching trips leave for Blakeney Point. It was a two and a half hours' drive from our place and thankfully the weather was still in our favour as we reached Norfolk. The Summer weather had tempted many towards the coast and Morston Quay was teeming with activity. Some folks had come to spend time on the beach, some to enjoy the coastal wildlife walks and some like us to go seal watching.

Morston Quay has a number of seal trip operators. These trips are very popular, so it is advisable to book your places in advance. We had called up on the day of our visit and reserved two slots. Payment and ticket collection is in person, half an hour before the boat departs from Morston Quay. Most of these seal trip operations are family run businesses with some in the industry for well over 50 years. Some of the popular operators are: Beans Boat Trips, Bishop's Boats, Temples Seal Trips and Ptarmigan Seal Trips. We went with Beans Boat Trips. An information centre at the quay offers more information about the Blakeney National Nature Reserve.

Seal watching at Blakeney Point Norfolk

Valley of Flowers : An Eventful Journey

An eventful journey that I will never forget is our visit to Valley of Flowers (in 2007). Situated high in the Himalayas in the Uttaranchal region of India, Valley of Flowers is a stunning valley flanked by mighty mountains on both sides. During the colder months, the valley remains frozen but in Summer, the snow begins to melt and is replaced by a myriad range of colourful blooms. It is said that a different set of alpine flowers bloom every 15 days. In addition to its beautiful flora, the valley is also home to rare and endangered animals. No wonder, the national park is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Our onward journey from Delhi was uneventful but stunning for most part. Serpentine roads wound around the mighty mountains and each bend offered a breath-taking view. At times the roads were so treacherous that a slight deviation from the path would have meant a plummet into the mighty Alaknanda River flowing below. Our journey took us through numerous small villages, past converging rivers and many waterfalls. After a very long journey we reached Ghangria, a small village that serves as the base camp for all those interested in visiting the Valley of Flowers.

A Peaceful Retreat in New Forest | Careys Manor Hotel

New Forest National Park is a wonderful place to be. Located less than 2 hours drive from London, the national park is a beautiful blend of ancient woodland and open heathlands, a number of wildlife attractions, museums and other points of interest within the park. Whatever the season you are visiting in, there is always something to see and do in the national park.

And located in New Forest National Park is Careys Manor Hotel, a hotel which we visited a couple of weeks back.

Careys Manor Hotel in New Forest

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