A Long-Waited Weekend Getaway

A weekend like this has been a long time coming! With lockdown easing finally allowing overnight stay this week, I wasted no time a few days ago booking my city break from London. As soon as I got off work on Friday, I jumped on an Uber to the train station and away we go! 🚞🚞

Welcome to Folkestone!

For this trip, I picked the coastal town of Folkestone just to be close to the sea. The town overlooks the English Channel and is a nice little tourists’ attraction along the English coast. Taking that into account, I also picked a hotel situated by the seafront. Weather, however, was not on my side from the get-go with strong gusts of wind 🌬🌬 (and rain 🌧) throughout the Friday evening. (Mind you I did expect it as the weather in London have been absolutely miserable this past week too ☹️) In fact it was so windy, I was struggling to even walk (and snap photos πŸ“Έ – in fear of my phone getting blown away into the sea! 🌊) So, I basically retreated to my hotel room and restaurant for dinner.

Storm in the harbour πŸ’¨πŸ’¨ (You might just be able to make out the large ripple on the water)

Knowing lockdown easing will probably mean that restaurants may be fully booked up, I spent some time before my trip calling up restaurants to reserve tables for me. (Which is very unlike me as I usually just go on the fly! πŸ˜‚) After going some researches online, I decided to head to Marleys for dinner on Friday. Absolutely loved the food there and it’s cute, cosy interior! πŸ’“

My cosy little spot! ☺️
So cute! (I do miss playing Scrabble! πŸ˜‚)
Crispy sweet potato balls with beetroot hummus
The best tuna steak ever! 🀀🀀 (It even smelt incredible!)
Perfect cook! πŸ‘πŸ‘

The staff were all very warm and welcoming, and to top it it off – I think I had the best tuna I had ever eaten in my entire life! 🐟 Perfectly cooked to medium rare and well seasoned – I couldn’t get enough of it honestly! πŸ˜‚

The next morning after enjoying some β€˜me-time’ in the bath πŸ› (and the night before! πŸ˜‚) I decided to head along the coast as the weather took a nicer turn! (Thank goodness! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ)

Looking upon the English Channel

The Folkestone pier was just simply breathtaking. The sea was so calming and the view truly did throw away all my worries for the week out the window (albeit temporarily! πŸ˜‚) It really let me appreciate the freedom of being able to travel again.

Folkestone pier
Little orange house by the sea
Look at the waves! 🌊
Beautiful view for a drink! 🍸
If only I can get a little sun… πŸ˜‚ β˜€οΈ

I also headed to the creative quarter – a quirky, colourful area of the town. Marleys where I visited yesterday was also situated in this unique alley.

Creative Quarter
Meet Oliver the Octopus! 🍰 🍰 (so impressed by the artistry of this cake!)

When you are in a coastal town by the sea, surely seafood is a must, right? πŸ¦ͺπŸ¦πŸ¦€πŸŸ Hence my visit to the Harbour Inn for lunch (again booked in advance.)

The Harbour Inn
Beautiful deco inside
The dining area I sat at ❀️❀️
Delicious dressed crab! πŸ¦€
Can one wish for more seafood? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‹πŸ€€
Yum! Yum! What a feast!

After the luxurious seafood lunch, I left the restaurant just as rain poured heavily over the town. β˜”οΈβ˜”οΈ Just so happened I left my phone charger in the hotel, I walked back into my room with my trousers πŸ‘– all soaked. πŸ’¦


After taking yet another hot bath and a brief nap in the room, I decided to head to the beachfront (umbrella in hand of course!) as the rain started to fade. Walking gradually into the sun, I was taken by surprise of an amazing view from behind! πŸ₯°πŸŒˆ

Breathtaking! 🌈 🌈

And more colourful surprises down the beach! (I think folks in Folkestone really do love their colours haha!) Maybe I should think about moving here lol? πŸ˜‚πŸ€”

Rainbow on land! β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ
Can’t get enough of these colours!
Felt like a hidden paradise
Want to live in one of these! 🏠
🌊 🌊
The vast blue sky

To cap off the day, I went back to the Folkestone harbour for some light seafood snacking by the water.

At Rocksalt by the harbour
Whelks and Prawns
And a nojito – can’t get better than this for a Saturday night! 🍸

And lastly, a few more snaps of the pier as night falls. ✨✨

Oh, and also, happy Eurovision day! (Caught the last hour or so of it back in my hotel room! πŸ˜‚)

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