This year my wife and I have decided we’re going to explore more. We’ve decided to break up the year into visiting a few different places and we’ve booked trips to Edinburgh, Salzburg, Paris and Ljubljana. As well as travelling abroad we’re also exploring the UK.

The past weekend we went on a road trip about an hour south of where we live to visit Rye and Dungeness; they turned out to be two very contrasting places.

Rye.

Rye is a small, historic town with charming lanes and alleyways. It is located near the popular seaside resort, Camber Sands. The buildings range from small cottages to lovely Tudor buildings with traditional black and white beaming.

Walking through Rye in the sunshine, you can’t help but feel good. We picked up fish and chips from the famous Kettle O’ Fish restaurant and sat in the sunshine eating them.

Mermaid Street connects the small harbour area with the castle and main town, but the street is an attraction itself. Littered with small, rustic cottages and the Mermaid Inn which is a perfect meeting point for a drink.

At the top of Mermaid Street there is a church, a small castle and a viewing platform that looks over the marshes. There was a big blossom tree in full bloom in the cemetery.

After spending the morning and lunch in Rye we jumped in the Mini Convertible, put the roof down and drove out of town towards our second destination, Dungeness.

Dungeness.

If Rye could be described as a lovely, little town full of life and character then Dungeness could be described as almost the opposite. I say almost because one thing it does not lack is character. Dubbed “Britain’s only desert”, Dungeness is a large expanse of shingle with lighthouses, shack-like houses and abandoned railway track dotting the landscape. It is also home to an active nuclear power station.

As we drove into the National Nature Reserve the temperature dropped four of five degrees and a large fog rolled in. The nearby lighthouse sounded its fog alert. Loud and unmissable, every thirty seconds. Like a war siren. There was a post-apocalyptic feel to the whole experience. It was fascinating.

After exploring a little, seeing the local fishermen lining the waters edge and capturing some photos we headed back out towards home. Five minutes out of Dungeness the fog cleared and the sunshine was back. It really was like another world.