Brian Gilmore


Brian Gilmore

Travel is living life in its richest form. It is meant to be shared with your friends and loved ones, to inspire them to go places they never thought possible.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York June 7th 2010

From Conwy to York Saying goodbye to Conwy, we set out early for York because we wanted to take advantage of early check in at our B&B before noon. It was nearly a 3 hour drive, but this would be the last hurrah for the car as the rest of our trip would be on foot or by train. York is the second most visited city in England (next to London of course) and with good reason. Not only does York still have its castle walls around the town, but it is chock full of old building from the 1600’s which means there are plenty of ghosts and haunted houses. York was founded in 71 AD by the Romans, later invaded by the Vikings before finally becoming English after the Normans invaded. Castles, ghosts, Romans and ... read more
The Shambles
The Shambles

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy June 6th 2010

Double Castle Day The nice weather we had experienced the last few days was starting to slip away. Although the morning started out with a brief period of sunshine, it quickly reverted to clouds and a light rain which thwarted my desire to visit Mount Snowden. There is a special train that takes you to the top of Mount Snowden for incredible views of this part of Wales but we’ll have to save it for another trip. Today would be double castle day - Caernarfon and Conwy. Caernarfon Castle Caernarfon was a short 15 minute drive away, keeping with King Edward’s desire to have all his castles close together to protect against invaders. This is also nice for the modern day tourist, which some might consider another type of invader. Thank goodness it was Sunday, because ... read more
Brian and Erin at Caernarfon
Erin at Caernarfon Castle
Town of Caernarfon

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy June 5th 2010

What Day Is It ? It’s June 5th but I am starting to lose track which day of the week it is. That is a sure sign of a good vacation. I find myself navigating the calendar by how many nights we have left in each B&B. The little boy in me has been focused on checking off the childhood wish list of things to see in the UK: • Ancient stone circles - check; • Roman ruins - check; • King Arthur - check; • Doctor Who - check; • Castles - next! Today we were driving to Conwy in northern Wales for 2 nights to visit its many castles with a stop at the Ironbridge Gorge, the birth place of the industrial revolution. Driving is a Pain in the Arse But first we had ... read more
Decorative Motif on the Ironbridge
Ruins of a Factory
Inventions of the 19th Century

Not Enough Time As I planned our day in the Cotswolds, I realized that I had vastly underestimated the amount of time necessary to see this beautiful part of England. We could easily spend 3 days here or longer, taking walks in the countryside, trying horseback riding, tasting scrumpy, visiting the local farms and other little towns. It probably sounds like a cliché, but the Cotswolds are very quaint. But for today, our plan was to see Blenheim Palace which was the home of Winston Churchill, and walk around our home base of Stow-on-the-Wold. Winston Churchill’s Ultimate House World War II buffs will be interested in visiting Blenheim Palace, the home of Winston Churchill. I’ve always admired the leadership style of Winston Churchill and his witty quotes so I was excited to visit. But I have ... read more
Hobbit Door or Church ?
Center of Stow
Good Pub Food

Travel Day from Bath to the Cotswolds Today was a travel day. I hate travel days. You have to pack your bags and drive to the next B&B, and try to see something touristy along the way so you don’t waste your time. It usually adds up to a lot of stress and fatigue. But not today, because we were going to stop at the Doctor Who exhibition in Cardiff on our way to the Cotswolds! Doctor Who Lives in Cardiff It didn’t take much cajoling from Alyssa to convince me to visit the Doctor Who museum. I have loved the show ever since I was a kid, and some would say I am still a kid at heart. We drove through endless traffic and roundabouts to reach Cardiff and had difficulty finding the exhibition on ... read more
Erin is the Next Doctor Who Companion ?
Alyssa is Scared by an Alien Robot!
The Cybermen

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Glastonbury June 2nd 2010

Mother Nature Makes up for the Rain Mother Nature decided to make up for yesterday’s bad weather by giving us a beautiful day today. It was blue skies and about 70 degrees Fahrenheit all day, perfect for a visit to the city of Wells and town of Glastonbury. Wells is known for its mighty Cathedral, but I was really excited to visit Glastonbury because it is the site of King Arthur’s tomb. Glastonbury also has a Tor, which is Celtic for “high hill”, which overlooks the town and is renowned for its mystical or magical properties because it is at the intersection of a major ley line. The City of Wells, an Unexpected Delight The first stop was the city of Wells which was on the way to Glastonbury. Wells is famous for its Cathedral, but ... read more
Wells Market
Wells Cathedral
Holy Kitty of Wells

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath June 1st 2010

June 1, 2010 - Rain, Rain Go Away… It was raining when we woke up for our first day in Bath. It was still raining when we got in the car and drove into town. In fact, it continued raining all morning while we toured the city of Bath, which made it feel like we were taking a walking bath. Our game plan was to stay inside most of the morning and see museums instead of braving the soaking rain. Naturally Erin did not pack a rain jacket. I guess she didn’t think it rained much in England. Ancient Romans Know How to Relax Our first stop was the ancient Roman Baths, which until about 150 years ago were covered under many feet of mud and dirt. Bath is renowned for its hot water natural springs ... read more
Ruins of the Roman Bath
Coins Tossed into the Roman Bath
The Actual Roman Bath

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath May 31st 2010

Battled Hardened Driver of the UK The first day of travel to Europe is always the worst. Sleeping on the airplane is almost impossible, and this flight was no exception. Bad weather made most of the flight bumpy, and no pillow or blanket could make one comfortable enough to get real sleep. It still didn’t feel like vacation yet. Places like Stonehenge were still just a page in my travel book. By the time we landed in Heathrow, everyone was pretty cranky from lack of sleep. Fortunately Heathrow was amazingly efficient. After our bad experience at the Aruban airport during spring break, I was beginning to think that all airports were run by people who didn’t graduate high school. It was less than 30 minutes from the time we landed to the time we exited the ... read more
Looks Just Like History Channel
Alyssa and Brian at Stonehenge
Erin with Swans

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta May 30th 2010

Get Thee to Merry Olde England - May 30, 2010 After years of being brainwashed by watching BBC shows like Doctor Who, Monty Python, You Are What You Eat, and It's Me or the Dog, we are finally going to visit the United Kingdom. I didn’t think we would make it to Europe this year with the economic still difficult, volcanic ash clogging up airplane engines over the Atlantic, and airfares skyrocketing. But after many months of searching, I used the last of my Delta skymiles to score 4 free tickets to London for me and my family. Most people choose to visit England first because it’s like cultural training wheels if you’ve never been abroad. Everyone speaks English, they have McDonalds and Coca Cola, and the measurements are all in inches, feet, miles and pounds. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 1st 2009

Wednesday, July 1st - Dublin Dublin itself is a one day town, especially when compared to the other great cities of Europe. It’s really more of a business or party town in my opinion. The drunks we often heard at 3:00am in the morning would agree with me. The beauty of Ireland definitely lies in the countryside. Still, this was a great place to complete our trip and wind down before heading to the airport. And so on our last day of this great trip we visited the Book of Kells and the National Museum of Archeology. The Book of Kells The Book of Kells is a bit of a letdown when you finally see it. Ireland’s most ancient book is stuffed in the back of the exhibit and only 4 pages are viewable at any ... read more
Erin's Pretty Hair
Tiffany Calls Home
Happy Girls

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