As a South African, holidays by the sea are a family tradition. From the hot humid heat of the Durban beach front to the wild shores of the Eastern Cape, we’re spoilt for choice. Here in the UK, holidays to seaside are somewhat different but equally as charming in their own way. When my sister came to visit a few weeks ago, we jumped in the car and headed to Mablethorpe, in East Lincolnshire, for a very British seaside experience.
After driving through miles and miles of the Lincolnshire wolds (those are hills for us non-Yellow bellies); it’s thrilling to see a break in the landscape and to see stretches of blue sea as far as the eye can see. The sun shine, bank holiday weekend and a warm temperature of 20° meant that we weren’t alone in our escape to the coast as we navigated through throngs of people along the pier. We were guided along by the smell of fried donuts and the feeling of nostalgia of England in the 1950’s with the flashing lights and chimes of fairground rides.
And while the sea wasn’t too warm and the wind blew us along; the real reason that we visited Mablethorpe did not disappoint….
The fish and chips!
Or chips rather, for this vegan.
Nothing beats having a chippy next to the sea with the fresh sea air, salty breeze and the sound of sea gulls in the distance. Rach’s introduction into this much loved British tradition went down a treat – so much so she nearly forgave me for taking her to a beach where she had to wear a jacket and warm up with a cup of tea. Whoops!