Ely is only a thirty minute drive from where I live in Cambridge but it’s not somewhere I go often. It holds so many memories for me because I used to go there every week to visit my Nan. She died over ten years ago and I’ve only been a few times since then.
At the weekend I went to Ely again but this time I really explored the area for the first time in all these years. I was there for hours going to different places that brought back happy memories. It was also hard because some areas we went to the last time I was there was with my Nan who isn’t here anymore.
I went to Ely with my family and the sun was shining for the day.The weather hasn’t been great in England recently even though it’s August so it was a pleasant surprise to see the sun was out!
One of the first things we saw on the trip was Ely Cathedral. I’m still amazed by the architecture of it as I’m sure are the thousands of people from all over the world who visit it each year. Did you know that part of The Kings Speech staring Colin Firth was filmed here? Fascinating fact! I used to walk past it every time I saw my Nan as she lived right by here.
The cathedral is only a minute away from all the shops. When I saw the shops I was thinking that one was here when I was little,that ones new…I was surprised at how much I remembered. Memories came flooding back of me feeling excited to spend my pocket money on whatever sweets I could find and seeing places we would take my Nan for a nice cup of tea!
By the shops I spotted an ice cream van and they were selling Zap ice lollies these are very hard to find and I hadn’t had one for years. They have a marbled appearance but taste of toffee. Even having one of those brought so many memories back. It’s the best ice lolly ever!
It was then time to for a walk by the river. We used to go for lunch at a cafe called The Maltings. I was really disappointed to see it’s not there anymore. I guess things change but at least the sign was still there. Growing up when we went to the Maltings we would always sit outside and with it being right by the river there were always plenty of swans about (which I was scared of!) tring to steal all our food.
I had such a great day but It was hard as well because it made me really miss my Nan and other family members I’ve lost. However it did feel really comforting to see areas I pretty much grew up in and relive some great memories.The day had such a nostalgic feel to it and I’m really glad I went!
What place holds great memories for you?