Hi everyone! Today, I have the next installment in my travel diary series! We are covering days 7 & 8 🙂 If you’d like to find the previous posts in the series, find the first one (days 1 – 4) here and the second one (days 5 & 6) here.
And a brief apology: This post was expected to be up a couple of days ago, but the day before it was scheduled to be published, it mysteriously deleted itself and could not be recovered 😦 But no worries, I have re-typed and tried to make it even better than before! So… let’s get into it!
So on day 7 (28th of July) we decided to go for a full day out, since we’d not done that yet on our trip. Almost all of our days had included multiple activities, such as “pitch and putt, then steam train” or “water park, abbey, and beach”.
Where did we decide to go?
The zoo, of course!
Back home, we don’t have a zoo nearby – it’s about an hour and a half away – so we were really excited to be going to a new one!
When we arrived, we bundled inside (it had started to spit a little. Classic UK weather), put on our ponchos (we’d bought reusable ponchos especially for the trip!) and then stepped outside and began to look around.
It was massive!
There were so many animals, and it took forever to get from one side to another. So instead of me rambling on for the next few hours, I will showcase a little gallery of pictures that I took at the zoo! (If you’re interested in knowing what species the animals are, I have added captions where I can to help you out 🙂 )
After that awesome expedition, we went out to a restaurant for dinner, and explored a little more, before returning home for the night.
And then… possibly one of the best days of our vacation… Saturday the 29th (day 8)!
In the morning… we went kayaking! I’d only ever been kayaking once before (and with my school, not with my family) so it was great to re-learn the techniques, and get back onto the Devon beaches yet again 🙂
My mum and I partnered up, as did my brother and my dad, and it was an incredible experience to paddle across the sea, from one place to another. We even visited a secret beach that could not easily be accessed by foot.
One of the best parts of the session was that as we were getting ready to paddle back to the beach where we started, a seal popped up from underneath the water! He disappeared pretty quickly, but after we’d begun the journey back, he and one of his pals came up again! They swam around us for a little bit, practically by our sides, and our instructor got some good pictures. Then, they decided they’d had enough and vanished XD Still, it was a really special moment – I’d never been that close to a seal before ❤
Another good bit was when we stopped on the secret beach for a biscuit break. My mum and I went down to the water. As we were wearing wetsuits and buoyancy aids, we basically lay down in the water – and it was like floating on a cloud! We were kept afloat so easily, and it was just so much fun to bob around like that for a few minutes.
Overall, a great morning ❤
We still had one little afternoon left in Devon, and so we decided to visit Greenway – the home of Agatha Christie, famous author! I’m really into murder and mystery books, so this was a doubly exciting opportunity for me.
It was a lovely little place, and they served the best food – the salads were oh so much more than just a pile of green leaves, and the brownies were to die for!
When we got inside the house, there was lots to explore. One of my favourite rooms had a piano inside it – and I sat down and played at it! It was amazing to think that I was touching the same keys that Agatha Christie herself had too.
Then, we decided to venture up to the gardens… and just as we’d got properly outside, up to the top of the hill? It began chucking it down XD
I did manage to get a couple of pictures before we had to escape. There were a fair few that had a fogged-up lens, so I’ve not included those.
And then… it was time to return back to the campsite, for our last night 😦
That concludes our stay in Devon, and it also concludes this post! Don’t worry, though, because I will be back again to tell you about the rest of our time in England soon. I hope you’ve liked my travel series so far!
Thank you so much for reading this post! It really means a lot to me ❤
Incomplete Thinker xx