Yellow Submarines, Bangers, Mash, and Ferrari's
Blackpool Travel Blog› entry 46 of 58 › view all entries
July 15th, 2009 – by: reger1520
I was looking forward to leaving Paris, but not France. I had grown pretty attached over the course of this summer. Fortunately, I know I will be back and Iâ€™ll be armed with even more French.
After a hike clear across one of the largest airports in the world (not to mention my least favorite in the world), we found our gate and boarded our plane. We flew the airline easyJet, one of the low cost carriers that charges for everything like Ryanair.
We landed in a windy, sunny Liverpool on time and we soon found ourselves standing outside the airport next to a giant yellow submarine. They sure do love their Beatles. Sarah also informed us of the plan for the two days we had in England. Her friend, Becky, had gone to high school with her back in PA and just recently moved back to her original home in England. The first night we would be staying at her grandparentâ€™s house just outside of the town of Blackpool and the second night at her auntâ€™s house just outside of Preston.
Becky and her grandpa picked us up in Liverpool and drove us back to their town of Blackpool. We dropped our stuff off at the countryside home and made our way downtown. I never knew the city of Blackpool even existed so I had no clue what to expect. Turns out, this place is almost exactly like Myrtle Beach or any other seaside town full of rides, games, candy, and other activities. It is even home to the second tallest roller coaster in Europe!
Clark and I both went crazy when we saw this. After sitting in a car for over an hour, we were like kids in a candy store. We bought a bunch of â€śBlackpool rockâ€ť (aka huge candy sticks, rhubarb and custard flavor) and went to a huge arcade. The girls played a few with us but mainly just watched us two burn all of our energy.
After dinner, we took the Blackpool train to Beckyâ€™s other grandparents house in the small town of Cleveleys. We met most of her family and spent about an hour in a traditional British home. Afterwards, we went to their local pub to eat once again (recurring theme here, I ate A LOT of food here).
The Bay Horse is a typical English pub with beer and lots of food, mainly English dishes. Being still extremely full from the lunch we had two hours prior, I was planning on just having a drink.
I had seen and heard a lot about the dish, but I never knew what exactly it was. At that point, all I knew was that I had to have it. It sounds unappetizing, but it consists of three huge English sausages (bangers), a few scoops of mashed potatoes (mash), and peas, all served inside of a Yorkshire pudding (which is actually a pastry). It was delicious and I actually couldnâ€™t finish it all like I usually do. This dish couldâ€™ve fed an army.
After the bangers and mash encounter, we met back up with Beckyâ€™s family at one of their friendâ€™s homes (Becky had only just moved back about three days before we got there). The family we visited owned a ritzy hotel on the strip in Blackpool and they were pretty well off. The house was gorgeous and the food, beer, and wine were free-flowing.
Out comes a Ferrari. A bright red Ferrari. Clark and I just stared at each other and gave the â€śwhat are we doing hereâ€ť looks. Again, we looked like two kids in a candy store, ready to pounce. I had never met anyone with a car like this one and it was very exciting so see it up close and ask questions about it. The owner said he had a passion for cars and ever since he was a little kid he had dreamed of owning a red Ferrari. Childhood dream come true.
Around 11:00pm, we made our way back out to the country to Beckyâ€™s grandparentâ€™s home where we were staying. We ended up staying up until 1:00am telling stories of our trip to Beckyâ€™s grandparents over tea and biscuits (which are actually chocolate bars, ours were kit-kats tonight). Overall, it was a great first day in Blackpool and I was looking forward to waking up the next morning and continuing the English adventure.
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