Even though I’m always chafing at the bit to get overseas (recently being accused of going away “too much” which is impossible in my estimation) I’ve consciously tried to explore my adoptive home island as much as possible.
A friend coined the term ‘permatourism’ which is bang on the money –
being a permanent tourist, even when in our home countries. Seaside trips, highland vacations, day trips to quirky museums, even London staycations where we explore a different neighborhood of this sprawling
Who says you have to board a flight or brandish a passport?
With that in mind, a lovely friend and I jotted down a few places we
wanted to take day trips out of London to, and top of the pile was a half
day in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. Meeting at at Marylebone train
station, we gathered our coffees and breakfast bits together and settled
in for the half hour ride out into the countryside.
Wandering off the train, we made our way to the Roald Dahl Museum for a stroll down memory lane.
Willy Wonka: A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
With everything from ranging his actual backyard office complete with original dust (baked to remove anything that could spoil the rest of the display) to complete collections of his books and original Sir Quentin Blake illustrations, we spent a lovely morning drifting through the fascinating collection.
Admittedly for kids, we found the collections just as interesting and inspiring for these
adults two bigger kids including a copy of his writing desk perfect for photos.
We then took the advice of the museum pamphlets and spent a couple of hours wandering around the pretty village and surrounding fields.
The instagramming kept us busy long enough to require sustenance in the museum cafe (and to warm up slightly.)
The effect the Dahl family had on the village is obvious from Curious Mr Fox doorknockers to BFG shoe tiles outside the local church.
There was no real rhyme or reason to our path, just a very loose adherence to the maps clutched in our hands.
This time we managed not to get lost on a forest walk (unlike me and the boy previously)…
…and as the rain storm passed we even managed to spot a double rainbow.
Is this someone you’ve been or even heard of? Who is your favourite Roald Dahl character?