Monday, 2 November 2015

Guest Post: A Day In Ludlow by Tiffany from The Amateur Anthropologist

Today's post is a guest post all about the village of Ludlow, written by travel blogger Tiffany from The Amateur Anthropologist.

If you haven't visited Tiffany's fab blog before, be sure to check it out (link at the end)! Here is a little about her:

What do you get when you mix anthropology, food, fashion & travel? You get me, the Amateur Anthropologist (hence the name of my blog). Dreamer, globe trekker and beginner baker, my motto is "live life to the fullest before it runs out".
Now onto the post!

A Day In Ludlow by Tiffany

If you asked someone that knows me, be it a friend or family member, how they would describe me, one characteristic that will undoubtedly be mentioned is organized.

There’s a chilling sense of anxiety that arises whenever I feel unprepared. And although, it’s not a positive one, but it does motivate me to plan well ahead.

I’ve had troubles in crafting my timetable way too far in advance. Thankfully with experience, I’ve learnt to tweak this so that I can 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 easier to experience.

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

Generally speaking, the plans I create work out the way they’re supposed to. But sometimes they don’t, and on this occasion, they didn't.
Guest Post: A Day In Ludlow by Tiffany from The Amateur Anthropologist
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 keen to find out.
And I am pleased to report, he was truly spot on with his suggestion.

Ludlow Castle
Guest Post: A Day In Ludlow by Tiffany from The Amateur Anthropologist

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).
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.

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.

Guest Post: A Day In Ludlow by Tiffany from The Amateur AnthropologistSo, 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.

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

Until next time, dearest lovely little Ludlow.
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  1. Sounds like a delightful little place... sometimes it's good when things don't go exactly to plan! #abitofeverything

    1. I always find the unplanned days out go the best!

  2. It's been a long time since I last went to Ludlow and I must get around to going again soon as it isn't so far away and is quite manageable in a day. Lovely town.

    1. Its quite far from me but I'm definitely inspired to visit after reading this post!

  3. Thanks for sharing Tiffany's post! Ludlow sounds charming and I do love the feel of a small market village. Definitely an independent shops kind of person myself as well! Hope to see you again @abitofeverything

    1. Me too, I love all the little boutiques you find in villages and market towns :) Thanks for hosting, see you next week!

  4. Makes me "homesick!" I grew up in Australia, but I'm British born and lived there for several years (back in Oz again now). The little towns and villages have so much history and character :)

    1. I love the little towns and villages, they have so much character! I wouldn't mind moving to Australia either though lol :)

  5. This is right up my alley, I would love to spend time here! Since I have my disease and DVT I'm not sure I'll ever be able to fly again, so I love seeing new places and the environs. The castle is so cool and i would love strolling through the boutiques! What a great trip.