This past weekend Ben and I headed up to Durham to spend a weekend with friends and have a little getaway from the bustle of the city. Ben and I have adopted the mindset to really set out to see what England has to offer this term. Before moving across the pond we heard time and time again, from those that had lived here before, to not forget about our own backyard of England. They could not have given us better advice. Durham was beyond beautiful.
Ben took an early train on Friday and I met him later that night after work. We got to stay with Ben’s friend from the Academy, Eric, whose front door view was the cathedral. Not too shabby I tell ya! It was truly a treat. The sun was shining on Saturday morning as we headed out for a jog through Durham with a little group. Goodness how I have missed running on trails, seeing trees and big fields, and a hill or two. It was the perfect start to the day. On our way back to Eric’s we made a pit stop through the market for some divine little doughnuts from the doughnut man who was the jolliest of jolly. You couldn’t help but smile around him. Not to mention he had doughnuts, which is reason enough to smile. Let’s get real.
Then came the preparation of full proper English breakfast, which was left mostly for the boys to do. It was complete with eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding, and baked beans. Obviously, a really healthy breakfast. I think before we leave England we should master the preparation. It’s the least we could do. After a few more cups of coffee and a shower we headed back out to see the town. We headed through the streets and along the river up to the cathedral and castle.
So, so lovely.
After spending time around the cathedral we headed back to the main part of town and met for milkshakes (that were simply on point), and then headed to grab a drink and watch the sunset over the water with the cathedral in the background. Talk about a view! I was all heart eyes about it.
Gosh I love these small towns of England. They know how to suck you in with their charm and make you want to live there on the same street as the cathedral.