Tuesday, 21 July 2015


The delights of spontaneity

Arrival in Ludlow
If you asked someone that knows me, be it my friend or family, how’d s/he describe me, one characteristic that will undoubtedly be mentioned is “organized” (or well-planned, you get the point). There’s a chilling sense of anxiety that arises whenever I feel unprepared. And of course, it’s not a positive one but it does motivate myself to plan well ahead. I’ve had troubles in crafting my timetable way too in advance. Thankfully with experience, I’ve learnt to tamper this so that I prepare just in time. It applies to all areas I’ve touched in life, both in work and play. You can tell that travelling is not an exception. Although it may seem rather tedious looking up train and bus times, and calculating which one to take to maximize my exploration duration, it does make my voyages far much easier to endure.

So, in short, I’m a talking, breathing and walking PDA. 

St Laurence's Church
Roaming the narrow streets of Ludlow
Through to boutique lane
Generally speaking, the plans I create work out the way they’re supposed to. But sometimes, they don’t, and on this occasion (or two Saturdays ago to be precise) this was applicable. Upon reading an article online about the quirks of England, I suddenly changed course and navigated myself to a small market village in Shropshire called Ludlow. The author had recommended this place due to its history, medieval architecture, and range of independent stores, set upon a delightful hillside environment. There wasn’t a single part of his description that sounded unattractive to me, so I was more than just keen to find out.

Capturing meaning in a sign

And I am pleased to report, he was truly spot on with his suggestion.

The legendary Feathers Hotel

Ludlow Castle

Making my way up to Ludlow Castle
If you ever visit Ludlow, an obvious place to head to is the Castle. Situated near the mighty River Teme, this medieval fortification offers a wealth of history to enlighten the minds of the young and old. Being one of the first English stone castles ever constructed, its exterior and interior truly deserves an equal amount of admiration. And needless to say, there’s more than enough areas forming the ruined landmark to fill the adventurous side of all visitors (it certainly did for me). 

Peering into the lives of the past

A big tip would be to challenge oneself to head up one of the taller towers, like the North-West one. Although the steps are narrow and steep, I can assure you that you’ll definitely be rewarded with the most spectacular view this late 11th century landmark can provide.

Don’t believe me? Check out my photos.

A rewarding view

Boutique paradise

In truth, shopping is a hobby of mine. Be it for clothes, stationary or food, the chance to spend the day purchasing attractive products can be somewhat relaxing to me at times. Although high street shops are appealing, I’d much prefer going to an independent store and browsing through their stock. Why? Simply because of the desire to be unique. I mean, what’s the point in buying an outfit that everyone else has when you can acquire something different that will help you stand out?

Fearlessly independent – that’s my motto for fashion.

Nifty crafts and market stall wonders

So, you can probably guess that I was immensely thrilled to see the vast range and quantity of independent retailers dotted all around Ludlow town center. To me, each boutique had a personal glow or aura which shone brightly in the slightly grayish rainy day. This was further reinforced by the friendly and warm attitudes that every owner and employee which I met bore. 

Food glorious food

It was as though I had stepped through a portal that led my wandering self into a treasure trove of hand-crafted trinkets, treats and toys. An irreplaceable sight, as you can imagine. My longstanding understanding of Yarm (North East England) as the King/Queen of little boutiques had definitely been surpassed by the brilliance of Ludlow.

Bags of delight
Gifts for every occasion
Colorful creations
The amazing and quirky work by Minter-Kemp

As you can see, there are many quirky little creatures loitering around village and in shops. Definitely keep an eye out for them, they really are seriously adorable. Ludlow is also a very dog friendly town so it'll be a brilliant day out for you and your best four legged pal :)

Tiny and (majorly) cute

Why hello there...
And of course, my trip would not be complete without a slice of (walnut and coffee) cake! Will definitely have to try the Michelin star restaurants in town one day…

De Grey's Tea Room - BEST place for cake (and coffee)
Until next time, dearest lovely little Ludlow.

Ludlow, I'll see you soon? :)


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  2. What a beautiful place. The streets look like they're from a movie scene.
    Glad you enjoyed spontaneity. Usually it's surprisingly fun! :)