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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Warwickshire » Warwick September 25th 2008

Sept 21, back to London, Warwick Castle It's Sunday evening, back in London - tried to get on to the Internet, but wimped out. At the desk I was cheerfully told that it was cheaper to use a credit card, rather than their L7.50 voucher for about an hour. When I tried to go the credit card route, which came up at L6.00, I kept getting a security domain error message, so I didn't want to put in my cc number. It was too late to wander over to the KFC nearby that claims to have free wifi - I have to get up at 0430 for my connection to the airport. And hope I have better luck at Gatwick with wifi access. Yesterday was an excellent day, but today, our last day, was yet another ... read more
Wax figures representing Victorian era
Our final evening at the nearby pub

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York September 25th 2008

Sept. 20, Saturday, Castle Howard and York - splendid weather Bkfst kind of marginal - did have fried eggs available (whites overcooked, and yolk kind of okay - not as greasy as some have been) and the same kind of bacon that's not like American or Canadian bacon - it was not as salty as some has been. No pastries out, and fruit marginal. At least we had gotten to sleep in til 7:15 or 30 or so. Left at 9 for Castle Howard and it took twice as long to get there as it should have - the driver didn't seem to know where he was supposed to go to get the coach into the property, but the “house” didn't open till 11, so we were okay, and we were given a reasonable amount of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate September 25th 2008

Friday, Sept 19, Leaving Scotland for Harrogate, England I went down right away for bkfst, hoping for hot food, but no joy - it was already cool from coming from across the street. We loaded up and headed out of Edinburgh, driving by more plain soot-stained limestone buildings (Georgian, some people think they're beautiful; I think they're kind of homely, especially since there are so many of them with no variety). There certainly is much more in Edinburgh that I would like to see (like Holyrood Palace, not offered as we expected) but I don't feel a need to come back - many people love it, as I previously mentioned - guess I'm not a city person anymore. Our last Scotland stop was at Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott's home that he built after making a fair ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 25th 2008

Thursday, Sept 18, 2008 Edinburgh and St. Andrews I now know that this city is properly pronounced approximately “Ed-in-burrah” -- haven't been quite sure (there are some letters added and some taken away). My hip popped or slipped or whatever it is that it's doing again this morning as I was getting ready, so I was freaked out about making it across the street for bkfst as we'd been told to do. Turned out someone had decided to set up somewhat of a bkfst over here for us, so even tho it wasn't as good, it was very helpful for me. Then I struggled back upstairs and my key wouldn't work, so I had to go back down and it took a while to get into my room (the manager couldn't get in, but a housekeeper ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England September 25th 2008

Day 9 and 10 - From the Lakes District, England to Edinburgh, Scotland Please excuse any spelling errors thruout the Blogs - this tiny keyboard and small screen are a bit challenging. Not sure when I'll get to post again; our Edinburgh hotel wants L15.00 for internet access, and the nearby “cafe” is totally packed with people; it's a small, slim storefront, with several computer stations, no food, and I don't think they have wireless for “outside” laptops. I found a MacDonald's but it doesn't seem to have wifi like some of them do. These two days aren't full of activity, but the Lakes District is very pretty - I could see spending a week or so there and enjoying the scenery and poking around the small towns, and following the path of Beatrix Potter. Tuesday ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Grasmere September 16th 2008

Monday, Sept 15, Ludlow and travel to Lakes District Not much to report today. Breakfast was much better this morning, and dinner was really good - that's about the best to be said for today. We're on the long drive to Scotland I guess. First stop was Ludlow, which has a castle, partly in ruins, but it was closed! for clean-up from a weekend food festival -- very well advertised that it seems the tour company should have known about. Some very interesting buildings to take pictures of, and I did get some nice shots from the outside of the castle ruins. I did find a little something on sale in a Woolworth's for DGS (dear grandson, for those of you who don't read Disney forums). Then more uncomfortable bus riding (this bus is not as ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Banbury September 16th 2008

Sunday, Sept 14 - Blenheim Palace day Had a little later start today since our first stop (at Blenheim) didn't open until 10:30. The restaurant was supposed to open for bkfst at 8, which it did, with a fair selection of cold items. But, we had to request any hot items, including coffee --- which took 40 minutes to come (and about 3 or 4 requests); I gave up on ordering any type of egg (have been eating too many anyway) and had more to eat than I usually do at home - we've just gotten used to better. And certainly we ought to be able to get coffee much quicker (preferably serving ourselves right away). But, it was our day to go to Blenheim, which was the destination I selected this tour for, and we ... read more
The "Tango"-like cat
Approaching Blenheim
Side of Blenheim

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire September 16th 2008

Saturday, Sept. 13, Stratford-upon-Avon Patrick Stewart sighting late this afternoon, near Shakepeare's birthplace. I'm in Room 13 under nearly full moon - lucky day! We had a somewhat later start this morning since we couldn't have breakfast until 8. As it was, we got to Winchester before things opened up. We were dropped off at the bottom of the High Street, with instructions to go to the Tourist Office to get a map, and given until 11:15 to wander around, to see the Cathedral, a Round Table displayed in the Great Hall, etc. and that there were restrooms near the cathedral (that was true and they were open). The Tourist Office wasn't open but they had a map displayed outside, so we all scattered. The Cathedral was open, but I didn't go in, took some photos ... read more
Me at Shakespeare home
Pub food

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent September 16th 2008

England, Chartwell and Hever Castle, Sept. 11, 2008 Loaded up again and onto another bus; finally have our Tour Director on “Day 4” of this tour (first two days were travel days for most tourites). Seems like a larger group, but maybe it's a smaller bus, or something. Many women traveling singly, and couple of sisters/friends, and a few couples. Average age probably higher, only one rather younger person. We took a circuitous route of London, scheduled take-off was 8:15, but the first place we were going to wasn't open yet really when we got there. It was Chartwell, Churchill's home south of London, beautiful surrounding property, somewhat moderate in size, bigger than Carl Sandburg's Connemara near home. There were some things about it that reminded me of Sandburg's place, tho; his was a restored, enlarged ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England September 12th 2008

England, Chartwell and Hever Castle, Sept. 11, 2008 Loaded up again and onto another bus; finally have our Tour Director on “Day 4” of this tour (first two days were travel days for most tourites). Seems like a larger group, but maybe it's a smaller bus, or something. Many women traveling singly, and couple of sisters/friends, and a few couples. Average age probably higher, only one rather younger person. We took a circuitous route of London, scheduled take-off was 8:15, but the first place we were going to wasn't open yet really when we got there. It was Chartwell, Churchill's home south of London, beautiful surrounding property, somewhat moderate in size, bigger than Carl Sandburg's Connemara near home. There were some things about it that reminded me of Sandburg's place, tho; his was a restored, enlarged ... read more




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