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Staycation - The George in Rye, East Sussex

Mermaid Street - the cobbled, ancient heart of Rye
A couple of weeks ago, my little sis was visiting mid-week. I thought of taking half a day off work to go to a spa and catch up in peace. Then something clicked in my was the middle of July, I had plenty of holidays left, no holidays planned, so why not take a whole day and a half off work - yes I hear the irony as I'm writing this - and sod the spa, let's go down to the coast!
Tell you what, midweek escapes are so much fun. Although I had the time off work, it still felt naughty.
Destination: the utterly summery triangle of Rye - Winchelsea Beach - Camber Sands.
Crooked beams and wobbly walls - Church Square, Rye 
Our bedroom at the George
Shower with a view over Rye's townhouses!
Coastal tones in the bathroom 
Sunset over Rye's rooftops 

You'll spot Rye in the distance, regardless of which direction you are driving in from.
It's a medieval, hilltop, market town, guarding the south coast of East Sussex. 
We arrived in the late afternoon, amongst July's record-breaking, scorching heatwave.
The town was alive with tourists and locals, kids, grandparents and families, all lazily strolling around, some evidently back from the beach, in search of a cool spot.
First things first, check in at The George.  
It's on  the high street, right in the middle of summery hassle and bustle. You can park just by the entrance for loading and unloading but then you have to drive down to the train station carpark (5 min walk) where you can park for £2 for the day.
The George is housed in an old building with lots of stairs and passages, it's decorated flamboyantly so it doesn't feel  narrow or crammed, as old buildings usually do, but pack wisely and avoid bring big pieces of luggage, as you might have to carry it all the way up to the third floor. 
Our room was right on the last floor, with amazing views over the town. It felt like the perfect nook  for a winter or spring escape but not sure about hot summer days - despite the oh-so-retro fan, there was almost no air - mind you, we've never had such hot summer before.
I don't think I've ever spent so much time in a bathroom taking photos - no, not selfies, ha! There was a perfectly round window, right by the bathtub, with views over the whole town and the surrounding area. Gorgeous spot!
Now on to Winchelsea Beach and Rye Harbour to catch the sunset and get a cold drink.
Lobster Monster at The George Grill
Sunset over Rye

Waking up in the George was a wonderful feeling.
It was around 5am, when the seagulls outside the window decided to have a chat. Because of their yapping, I had to get up and close the blinds, but I also got to witness sunrise over Rye. Simply magnificent. The orange-pinkish sun was stretching over the roofs and everything seemed happy. 
I snoozed for a couple of hours, until the first church bells started ringing.  
No other sounds, no cars or beeping, or ambulances, or people chatting. Just the seagulls and the view of Saint Mary’s Church bell tower catching the morning rays of sun and freshly breed coffee. A lazy morning in bed. Life is simple, yet we have a tendency to complicate things.
Breakfast was lovely, I had poached eggs on avocado toast and my sister had the full English, side of grapefruit, a bucket of coffee and off we went to explore the town.

Morning stroll around charming Rye

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