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Railway station artwork

I woke up that morning with the most pleasant hangover of the previous day. Yes, this, without a drop of alcohol. The previous day was another in a long list of examples of why I love London so much. But that said, I had decided a while ago (infact, booked my train ticket in Israel itself) that I'd do a day trip, the winner this time being High Wycombe.

It's a sleepy district located in Buckinghamshire and very well connected to London. I caught an early tube to Maryleborne where I spent an hour waiting with some flavoured coffee to keep me company. It's a nice clean station although a few extra seating places wouldn't go amiss.

Green overlooking Church at Hughenden Manor
I kept wondering who the well dressed lady with a neat uniform and red beret (similar to a flight attendent's) was, and then I realised she was a rep for Bicester Village, the outlet store very famous with residents  of both London and Birmingham. That's when it struck me that I had used this station before (when, embarassingly, I had visited the outlet mall myself).

Anyway my train showed up shortly after 930a for the quick 45 minute train ride. 

The town was as I had imagined it, and in parts reminded me of my trip to St. Albans in June. It's a nice "suburby" kind of place, very little traffic, saw mums dropping the kids to school and shopowners pulling up the shutters at their own pace past 10am. My main draw here was the world famous Hughenden Manor. It was easy-peasey, or at least on the website to get here, a short 30 min ride from the town centre.

Hughenden Manor (read review for more pictures)
Funnily enough, when I asked at the railway station, they didn't know. they just pointed me to the main bus terminus in the city centre which I followed, and I have to say, I really enjoyed my walk. 

I waited at the bus stop forever. I asked the locals waiting at the bus stop but they had no idea about the place itself. I know I'm being a hypocrite here (as I'm an immigrant myself in the US) but almost all the "locals" at the bus stop were non-English residents, no wonder no one knew the biggest tourist draw of their town. Google Maps came to the rescue, as did the bus. And it was a smooth drive away from the city through some spectacular (but typical) English green to the manor. In hindsight, I could've just walked it.

I've written a detailed review of Hughenden Manor.

Garden at Church at Hughenden Manor (read review for more pictures)
Overallverdict: I loved it. However, given the amount of heritage sites and houses I've visited, I wouldn't put it at the top of a future UK visitor's list, especially if it's his first 2-3 times in England.

On return from the manor, I spent some time in the city centre. Stopped by a chippie for a veg burger, then meandered around town till my scheduled 3pm departure back to London. I  caught an earlier train (which was kind of a stupid thing to do, given that it had way more stops than my originally booked non-stop service to London). Anyway, I reached Marlybone in one piece and had the rest of the evening in London all for myself!

I shopped at Superdry (they had an amazing sale, scored a 54 quid denim for like 15 quid). I then headed back to the hostel, packed and went alone for a walk along town.

I never resist a Victoria sandwich cake whilst in the UK. This one though wasn't very good (Tearooms at Hughenden Manor, read review for more photos)
My usual "final tradition" which was basically walking along Leicester Sq., Covent Garden, etc. with a late dinner stop at Pret. 

Interesting trivia on my return to the hostel - a few months ago (I don't even remember which trip now), I'd met a charming British law grad (of Sri Lankan origin). Turns out he's my roommate again! I asked him  what was going on and apparently he was between apartments, so spent (spending) a week here. Talk about a small world! Another annoying character was the retired teacher who'd go on and on about India (I'm sure he meant well, but I really had no patience to sit and talk about Chennai, Mumbai, etc.).

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Railway station artwork
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Green overlooking Church at Hughe…
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En route to Hughenden Manor
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Church at Hughenden Manor
Church at Hughenden Manor
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photo by: Vikram