Welcome to Aldeburgh where fishermen still sell their catch of the day, including herring, prawns, mackerel and cod, freshly smoked and ready to eat from little huts on the pebble beach
Panning left to right, a vast expanse of water and skyline stretch out into the distance
reaching towards a horizon of possibility and immensity.
In late September, this vista is breached by morning sun
painting Aldeburghs village in streaks of crimson and gold.
Perhaps this is why artists set their easels on the shore,
hoping to capture moments of sublimity,
or why locals love a morning stroll along the promenade
to where the River Aldes tongue flicks into the cavernous mouth of the North Sea.
These waters once carried blood-thirsty Vikings.
towards Bury St Edmunds where King Edmund
was martyred for refusing to denounce his catholic faith.
Today, he rests peacefully near a colourful celebration
of flowerbeds and Benedictine ruins in Abbey Gardens
that embrace the citys cathedral.
We hear more about the Vikings, their conquests and cargoes
on a visit to Sutton Hoo before browsing galleries and shops at Snape Maltings.
A nostalgic visit via Leiston and Thorpeness to Southwold
where the lighthouse looms and the piers water clock
comically marks the passing of each hour,
sets the seal on a golden seaside getaway.
Excursion to Bury St Edmunds.
Entrance to Sutton Hoo.
Free time in Aldeburgh.
4 nights hotel stay on half board
Snuggled on Aldeburghs beach front, this hotel is the perfect
place to relax and enjoy views of the North Sea.
Awarded two AA rosettes for its quality cuisine and benefiting
from recent refurbishment, a peaceful stay is assured.
The hotel has a lift.
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