A 70 minute drive down to Sutton Hoo to visist the Saxon Burial mound was how the day started (after another yummy english breakfast). As I walked towards the burial mounds I almost ran back to the car for a jacket because the breeze was a little fresh. I soldiered on a little more birskly to keep the cold at bay. Now, if anyone knows about these burial mounds, they'll know they don't exactly make great photography, so I won't bother uploading any of those photo's. For those who don't know about this, it was a burial site for reputedly a 7th century king (and some others) with two of the mounds containing ships that had been hauled up from the river about a mile below the site and contained the body of someone along with a lot of burail goods, many of them gold. These only happen in Suffolk and Sweden, so no guessing what heritage might be at play there. that ends today's history lesson on Sutton Hoo. Not impressive in terms of a building but very impressive in terms of the history.
Following that little side track, I then headed back the way I had come for about 45 minutes, visiting a stately home on the way through to Bury St Edmunds. Glad I picked this little gem to stay in (one of my "treat" hotels). I am in the heart of the town in an 18th century coach house opposite the old abbey and St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Dripping with history, beautiful old streets, oldest known Norman house in this area (dating from about 1100)...the list goes on. I particularly liked the gate to the abbey that was burnt down by the residents in about 1320 and then rebuilt about 20 years later. Those crazy guys - sounds like a party got out of hand!
This is a beautiful old town and compact, so you don't have to walk to far to see anything. I give it 2 thumbs up!