Sometimes the best days are the most pointless ones. Inspired by Kate and Katie’s posts about ‘becoming a tourist of your own city’, I decided that another spontaneous day trip was in order. Dan and I have been to Lancaster before – I do believe it was my first ever lifestyle post – but it’s such a pretty city that I felt there must be more to explore. Whilst not technically my hometown, Lancaster is less than an hour’s bus journey away, and we’d enjoyed playing tourists last time so thought we could make a day of it again. Purely for the change of scenery really!
Like typical hungry teenagers we need refueling often, so food played a big part in our day. I’d set myself a food budget of £20, but actually managed to stay well under on this occasion. Molinari’s offer a ‘happy hour’ (that actually lasts 6 hours) where any pizza or pasta is £4.95, which seemed too good to pass up! Fettucini Alfredo for me, Carbonara for Dan. It’s kind of crazy how a McDonald’s would have cost nearly the same amount! Personally I love finding the good deals and having a casual restaurant lunch.
After bumping into both my Maths and Biology teachers, we headed for a wander round the castle. I’m lucky to have found someone as avid a people-watcher as me; we can kill hours by strolling and chatting! It would seem that the outside castle walls are a favourite spot for selfie snapping, so I jumped on the bandwagon for a few outfit shots and almost obligatory arm’s length smiles. Told you we were playing tourists 😉
How cute is my pug T-shirt? There’s something strangely fun/creepy about being at the castle once everyone else has left. Having the whole place to ourselves – admittedly in fading daylight and with CCTV everywhere – felt adventurous to me!
Following more wandering, people watching and tea, we decided to make the most of the Wednesday night steak deal at The Borough. It did not disappoint! They didn’t have room for us anywhere but the armchairs in the window, which suited us fine. I had the smaller steak with trimmings from the ‘school dinners’ menu (ironic during my week off school) and it was delicious. Definitely recommend!
I’m thinking of making a mini blog series of ‘day trips on a budget’ to my nearby cities – what do you think?