Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This is the year!

I am back on track for a visit to the olde country.  Yes, airfares went down an amazing $200 recently, and I snapped up a ticket.

I'm scared, but hopeful that this will be a brilliant year for travel. 

So, what's on the agenda?  Well, the royal wedding for one.  I originally thought that I would grab my souvenirs and depart London the day of the wedding, but the more I look at it, the more I think I may want to just base in London this time.  Of course, a small return to the Lake District would be fun... but, I can always check the weather while I'm over there to see if I want to make the trip or not.  Spontaneous?  Me???  That could be dangerous!


Thing is, I've never really toured the south.  I think it might be fun to check out Oxford, the Cotswolds, Bournemouth, Colchester, and other southern towns.  Who knows - I may even get to one of the surrounding British Isles this trip.  Now that would be a coup!

I just read that there will be a commemorative Oyster (subway) card for the wedding (  What *will* they think of next?  How about a commemorative coin?  One where the gorgeous Kate resembles Janis Joplin.

Stamps, mugs, what else are we in for?

Perhaps all our shopoholicism will result in a boost for the English economy.  However, my pocketbook is already squeaking.  Will work for souvenirs!

God Bless.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My top ten small towns in the UK

1. Keswick

  • Derwentwater and other lakes in vicinity
  • Awesome B&B (Goodwin House)
  • Vicinity of many sights (Beatrix Potter museum, William Wordsworth's house, etc.)
  • Amazing hiking

2. Kilburn

  • White Horse Cliff
  • Sutton Bank - Yorkshire Moors National Park
  • Robert Thompson Woodworker

3. Knaresborough

  • Market Day
  • Castle
  • Viaduct
  • Mother Shipton's Cave

4. Ripon

  • Market Day
  • Ripon Cathedral
  • Studley Royal Park and Fountains Abbey (vicinity)

5. Hawes

  • Ropemakers museum
  • Wensleydale Cheese factory/tour
  • Beautiful countryside

6. Conwy, Wales

  • Castle ruins
  • Vicinity of Llandudno
  • Lewis Carrol/Alice in Wonderland Museum
  • The Great Orm

7. Pitlochery, Scotland

  • Quaint town with lots of shops
  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Beautiful countryside

8. Cromer

  • Beach
  • RNLI Museum
  • Norwich Castle (vicinity)

9. Bath

  • Quaint old town with shops.
  • Roman Baths
  • Vicinity of Stonehenge

10. Greenwich

  • Greenwich mean time line
  • Cutty Sark
  • Lovely indoor market
  • Quaint yet still on the London Oystercard zones