Norfolk Broads 口袋英倫秘景

When the weather starts to warm up, England is the best place to go hiking. Today, let me take you to Norfolk in the east of England. It’s probably a lesser known part of England not frequented by many overseas visitors but to give you an idea, its only about an hour away from Cambridge, one of UK’s and the world’s most famous university.

英國四,五月天氣開始回暖時,去遠足最適合不過。今天我介紹大家去英國東部的諾福克。一般外國遊客可能對它比較陌生,但離開它只有一個小時車程的劍橋大學,相信大家一定會認識。

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This was my cottage for the long weekend. From the outside it doesn’t look very special, and in fact it looks a bit run down, but this is one where you shouldn’t judge the book by its cover.

我在諾福克渡過一個長週末,租住這家房子。你不要看它外面好像有點破舊,其實裡面蠻精緻噢。

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I love the living room inside the cottage, as this is one of the few places where I actually feel quite tall!

我最喜歡這小客廳。真的很細小,因為它的樓底矮,身高156公分的我站在裡面馬上感到自己長高了很多!

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And the stunning view outside through the front door archway, and beyond the driveway. Isn’t it just idyllic? To be honest, I could have stayed here all weekend sitting outside with a drink, and just soaking in the serene surroundings.

從屋前的摃形大門和庭園往外看,是一片綠油油的田園。若整個週末都待在這靈靜的庭園,喝着冰凍的飲料,休閒地看看書,欣賞一下四周的風景,如此簡單而悠閒的假期,夫復何求…

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However, it would be a sin not to explore the famous Broads when visiting Norfolk. The Broads are shallow man made lakes created centuries ago from digging out peat which was used in the medieval days as fuel. Today, the Broads have become synonymous with Norfolk and the area covers over 300 square km of natural beauty. There entire area is absolutely stunning and would take more than a long weekend to explore it in full.

但既然長途跋涉到諾福克,當然要到處逛逛和欣賞它著名的布羅茲濕地公園。布羅茲濕地公園其實是人工做的小河流。在中世紀因缺乏資源,所以當時的人就地取材,刮出長在地上的煤泥用作燃料。久而久之地上刮出很多一條條的坑,再過了多年後,坑裡注滿了水而變成小河流,形成今天既特別又美麗的自然生態區。整個濕地公園複蓋範圍超過 300平方公里,如果要全部走完,一個週末肯定不夠。

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The Bure Valley railway is another great experience you can try when visiting the Norfolk. The railway was built in 1880 and was in commercial use till 1982. Since then, a group of railway enthusiasts have taken over the track and operated it with the help of a group of volunteers. A single journey on this nostalgic steam train takes 45 minutes and goes between two villages, Aylsham and Wroxham in this beautiful countryside. You can also hop on and hop off the four villages in between. I didn’t go on this train, as I spent the whole day hiking on foot around the area, but I did see the train pass by a few times.

諾福克另一個著名景點是Bure Valley 蒸氣小火車。這條鐵道在1880建造,一直到1982還在營運,服務這個地區已超過一個世紀。鐵道被棄置多年後,由一群熱愛鐵道的人士收購而得以保留,現在靠志工幫忙運作,成為旅遊觀光景點,所有盈利都會用於鐵路上,讓這重要的歷史一部分得以延續。

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Part of my hike was right next to the railway track, and I saw this nostalgic train called Easter Eggspress zoom by. Very apt as it was Easter when I went!

這個週末我遠足的步道有一段在鐵道旁,還見到其中一輛觀光小火車經過。當時正值復活節,小火車因此也改了個復活節的名字。

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