04.07.2011 - 04.07.2011 73 °F
Thankful to hear the alarm chime early this morning, Trisha and I jumped out of bed, excited to depart from the “City of Troubles,” also known as Portsmouth, England. Trisha drove us to our much cleaner, safer, and friendlier Hilton Hotel in Rochester, England. After checking-in, we headed to Eastgate to see the Charles Dickens Centre. We enjoyed walking around the city, viewing the historical landmarks, and taking many pictures of the Charles Dickens Chalet house, which once stood at Gad’s Hill place. This historical landmark was where Dickens wrote his last words.
After leaving Eastgate, we travelled to Groombridge Place Gardens where the movie Pride and Prejudice was filmed. Personally, I was ecstatic as Pride and Prejudice is my favorite movie. Walking around this beautiful garden and house, I felt as if I was stepping into a Jane Austin novel. Unfortunately, entering the house was not permitted.
The trip to Groombridge proved to be eventful. This morning at 6:00 a.m., I called Justin to ask for the address to the famous home (sorry Justin, I thought it was 8:00). Unfortunately, due to his lack of consciousness, he forgot to include the word “gardens” in the texted address, therefore leading us down a tree-lined-two-way-teeny road. We soon discovered the error and corrected our path.
Though the trip there may have been interesting, the return drive was a nail-biter. Our directions led us home a different way, as we were returning to the hotel and not the Dickens Centre. The street was lined with rocks jutting out as if trying to slash our tires, and to the right large trucks zoomed down the tiny road. Trisha repeatedly made gasping noises as she drove, which she later confessed was her was of “sucking-in” the car so as to make it skinnier. I in turn, held my breath and clenched the cuff of my capris. Finally, making it out of the gauntlet we were able to breathe a sigh of relief. Thankfully we made it back to the hotel unscathed.
We ended the night with a great meal at “The White Rabbit,” relaxing at the hotel, and writing our blog and appeal. Hopefully tonight we will get some much needed rest.