We decided to spend a day in Rye. We’d heard it was lovely from a woman we met on the plane who lived there. This woman (her name is Jan) is really lovely herself, and was so kind to Flora and patient while Flora proceeded to tell her everything on her mind for hours upon hours. They became very good friends, Flora and Jan, so Jan gave me her contact information and told us to let her know if we came to Rye. So, I let her know, and she came to meet us for coffee!
We managed to find a bus from Lydd-on-Sea that would get us there in under an hour.
We met Jan at a bakery/cafe called Jempsons, which had a space in the back big enough for all of us.
Then Jan took us on a whirlwind tour of Rye’s highlights. It was very kind of her to take time out to show us around, and Flora was so happy to see her!
The Mermaid Inn: a hidey-hole for smugglers!
We said a grateful goodbye to Jan, found a playground for the kids, and then headed back up the hill into town for lunch.
After lunch we had some time to spare before we had to catch the bus home, so we wandered back to the places Jan showed us. We peeked inside the old church, and visited the Ipres Towers (and old castle along the Medieval wall).
We bought some sweet treats from Simon the Pieman.
Charlie and daddy went up into the clock tower at the church (one of the oldest working clock towers in England!)
Then the bells rang.
Beautiful views of the rooftops of Rye.
And the roses! The roses in Rye were absolutely magnificent.
We loved Rye. We would happily return any time.