Friday, December 27, 2013

2 Year Blogiversary!
Hey's a tree in the desert!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas! I still have more posts to write about regarding our trip to England but wanted to do a quick one to mark my 2 year blogging anniversary. I had no idea when I started blogging that I would end up meeting such wonderful people with similar interests as a result! Thank you to everyone who reads!

Have a safe and happy New Year!  And remember...only 110 days 'til Viva Las Vegas!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

England 2013 Part II - Rye

While on the coast at the Rhythm Riot we had the chance to explore the nearby town of Rye and it was beautiful! It was a clear day which made for fantastic views from the top of the church bell tower. It was good to get some touristy things in while at the Riot. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves…

"This oak plank originally formed part of a XIVth century prison door"

Simon the Pieman

A narrow climb to the top of the bell tower...

'...a dreaded sunny day, so I'll meet you at the cemetry gates...'

Mermaid Street

The Mermaid Inn

Up next...Canterbury!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

England 2013 Part I – Rhythm Riot!

Can’t believe we have already been home a week from our England adventure this year! Had an amazing time as always but this year was different as it was our first attending the Rhythm Riot. We were in London just one night before heading down to Camber Sands at the coast so I figured I would begin my vacation blog posts there.  Sorry, but this is going to be a long one!

After taking two trains from London we arrived in Rye and caught a cab to Pontins where we would be spending the next three days for the Rhythm Riot. I couldn’t believe my luck as we walked into the check in area, I right away got to meet Melanie from Incendiary Blonde after all this time! Such a sweetheart! Only briefly said hello but was able to catch up with her again the next evening. After making it to our “chalet” and getting the electricity going (it was absolutely freezing!) it was time to change and check out some bands and DJs.

Between my camera, phone, and dim red lighting it was extremely difficult to get good band photos in the ballroom so please excuse the quality of the few I did get...

Friday evening outfit

Riot Madness

Nikki Hill

Saturday we began the day catching the 1956 Bedford coach into Rye to explore. I’ll leave Rye to its own post. It was beautiful! Then back to Pontins for some more Rhythm Riot action!

 Rhythm Riot TV!

1956 Bedford Coach

Having coffee in Rye

Smallest car show!

Saturday night outfit

At long last with the lovely Incendiary Blonde!

Bobby Brookes Wilson

Sunday we walked over to the beach and had a coffee before watching the cars line up before they headed over for a cruise through Rye. We stayed on the street outside Pontins to watch the procession but it would have been really cool to see all of those old cars winding through the medieval streets of Rye. There were a ton of American cars but it was the rest I was excited about since they were models I am unfamiliar with, such as the Zephyr and the Zodiac.  I want one!

Felt like summer!

Leading the cruise to Rye...

Shaheen borrowed from a generous friend!

Sunday night is tropical night at the Riot!

Our fave DJ of the weekend, it's Wildcat Pete!

My other fave chalet DJ Ben!

With some new friends made from sharing a taxi!

Truly Lover Trio

Last band, Ray Collins Hot Club!

Monday we took the train from Rye to Canterbury where we would be staying the evening before heading back to London for 6 nights. Overall we had a great time at the Rhythm Riot and hope to make it there again one of these years!

Tips from our first Rhythm Riot:
- Do not book ‘classic’ accommodation unless you enjoy electricity vouchers and hiring towels. At least the rooms no longer have carpet as I was told they used to! That could have been scary.
- Send in ID photos ahead of time so you can use fast track check in. So worth it!
- Do grocery shopping for your room at the market across form the train station when you arrive in Rye. They have much more variety than the on-site facilities at Pontins.
- Take a taxi from the train station to Pontins and book one ahead of time to pick you up and take you back to the station when the event is over. Our guy gave us his card so we knew who to call and were not left trying to get a cab with everyone else on Monday.
- Make sure to explore Rye and make it to the top of the church for beautiful views!