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/// Harrogate的Jamie Oliver餐廳
最後我們合點了炸橄欖（Fried Stuffed Olives）當作前菜
老公點的是香烤雞排佐煙花女醬（Grilled Chicken Puttanesca）
因為Jamie Oliver 在英國著名的不只是帥哥主廚形象
當時正值夏天，天黑得晚，我們Check in後就沿著Knaresborough的河畔散步（River Nidd Waterside Walk）；如果說Harrogate是三清洞，Knaresborough就像首爾北村一樣，有很多很美的老房子，遊客不用擔心沒有事前做功課，這裡的古蹟（即使是一般住家）都有解說牌
/// Knaresborough 城堡
最後，大家是否看到下圖酒吧名稱為「Blind Jack」，Blind Jack是Knaresborough最出名的歷史人物，他是英國工業革命時第一個專業造路者，六歲即盲的背景為他的人生更添傳奇色彩，大家可以來Knaresborough市集看看他的雕像喔（沒照到照片，前面提到的都鐸法院中也有展出他傳奇人生）~
Last July my hubby arrange our “babymoon-last 2 people trip before having the first child” to Harrogate and Knaresborough.
/// Jamie’s Italian in Harrogate
Harrogate and Knaresborough are both famous tourist destinations, and they are really close to each other.
Traffic was a bit bad when we first got in Harrogate, but we felt quite relaxed and astonished once we got to the beautiful town center.
We stopped in Harrogate for lunch on the way to Knaresborough, and we chose Jamie’s Italian on the main road.
Among 5 brands under Jamie Oliver, Jamie’s Italian was the most widespread. This brand has branches around the world; people in Asia can try them in Bali, Hong Kong, India, and Singapore.
High ceiling, wood furniture and open kitchen made the Harrogate branch a very pleasant place to eat.
Originally, we wanted to order pizza to share. However, they did not serve it because we just missed lunch time.
Finally we ordered Fried Stuffed Olives, Penne Arrabiata, Grilled Chicken Puttanesca.
We were both very impressed by stuffed olives; it was just very crispy and well-seasoned.
I also love my Arrabiata, the freshly made penne was just so nice (you can see the pasta machine in their kitchen)!
Hubby’s chicken was very juicy and enjoyable; normally puttanesca is a dish very easy to over-season, but the puttanesca that day was just perfect.
The bill was 28.49 (service fee and drinks were included). For the food and service we got, we thought the price was quite reasonable.
/// Town Center of Harrogate
After meal we went for a stroll in the town center.
There are a lot of boutiques and delicate cafés to occupy you for a while.
All the roads are very clean and beautiful; it was just very relaxing to walk on streets.
If you have ever been to Seoul’s Samcheong-Dong or Tokyo’s Jiyugaoka, the atmosphere of Harrogate is really similar with these two places.
/// B&B in Knaresborough
After Harrogate, we drove 20 minutes to Knaresborough, the town we were going to stay that night. Knaresborough is a beautiful and historic small town; all the tourist spots can be reached on foot.
The B&B we choose was Kirkgate House (£69 per night, breakfast included).
We would recommend this B&B to people because the whole experience was really nice. We got a clean room, a good view from our bed, and delicious breakfast. Most of all, the hostess was really hospitable.
/// River Nidd Waterside Walk
We decided to have a stroll along River Nidd Waterside Walk around 5pm (in UK summer, sunset is around 9pm, so people can enjoy day time till really late).
Along the river, there were a lot of nice cottages and river views, and it was a blessing to see the reflections of trees in the water, just like paintings! Also, there are lots of plaques along this Walk for tourists to understand this place. One of the plagues was about Blind Jack(the first professional road builder to emerge during the Industrial Revolution), and we were very surprised to know that Blind Jack was from Knaresborough.
During day time, it the weather is nice, you can also take boats to go around Knaresborough.
We would say the Waterside Walk is a must in Knaresborough.
/// Knaresborough Castle
The next day after wonderful breakfast at B&B, we walked to Knaresborough Castle (only 5 minute walk from our B&B). The Castle is not open all the time, so tourists would better check their website before setting off.
Knaresborough Castle contains the Castle, Courthouse Museum and Castle Grounds.
Tourists can go to the Courthouse first to have a look of actual life of kids and adults in a medieval castle at the exhibition room.
This part was very interesting because life in a medieval castle was not so romantic as we thought.
In addition, right at the entrance of exhibition room, there is a Tudor courtroom; tourists can get a feeling of what it was like to be tried in the dock in Tudor England.
The Castle itself is much ruined now, and only two walled baileys remained one behind the other. However, the stones, narrow spiral stairs and darkness still brought us back to the medieval age, and we could really picture life in the past here.
After the courthouse and castle, having a stroll in the grounds was a perfect choice because the view of River Nidd from the Castle was just breathtakingly beautiful.
/// Knaresborough Windows
On the way back, we saw lots of “painted windows”, well, they are actually not windows, and they are paintings faked to be windows.
Also, on the streets, the logo of Tour de France was everywhere because Knaresborough was on the route of Tour de France in 2014.
These two features made Knaresborough more interesting and fascinating.
Our babymoon passed so fast; we felt we have not explored enough and we had to leave.
If you are looking for a classic English town trip, Harrogate and Knaresborough will definitely be the places you want to visit again and again.