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Trip: UK 2017

After a good solid three months on the continent on our Summer 2017: UNESCO tour, Angela decided to do a month in the UK, with Chris training it from London to join her in the weekend in various towns. Here are the blog posts for our trip around the UK. Lake[…]

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Summer 2017 UK: Winchester/Chawton

Our final stop on our UK Summer trip was a trip to the southwest of England – Jane Austen territory. We’d be staying in Winchester where she was buried but we’d take a day trip to visit the house she lived an hour’s bus ride away in Chawton. Winchester is[…]

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Review: King Alfred Pub, Winchester

Location Winchester! Last resting place of Jane Austen, and just down the road from where she spent the most productive of her time (Chawton). The King Alfred is the accommodation we choose and is situated above the pub/restaurant adjacent to one of the fingers of the River Itchen. As this[…]

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Summer 2017 UK: Cheltenham Spa/Bourton-on-the-Water

Our UK trip continued with a stop in the Cotswolds, an area known for great natural beauty and we had elected to stay in Cheltenham Spa. We thought it apt to book into a spa to “take the waters” as they used to do since the 1700s when the mineral[…]

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Review: Chapel Spa, Cheltenham

Our bus from our day excursion was fifteen minutes late, and while the driver gamely tried to make up time on the country lanes, we were still half an hour late to our appointment at the Chapel Spa. But we had booked by phone already and they had charged us[…]

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Review: White Lodge, Cheltenham

Arrival After taking the train to Cheltenham Spa, I have to take a bus a short distance down the road  to the White Lodge. I do a double take when the double-decker bus pulls up. In huge letters on the side of the bus are a list of its four[…]

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Summer 2017 UK: Norwich

I get off the train from London, head towards the buses and am confronted with a kid, maybe three years old, lying on the floor of the station, sprawled in front of the ticket machines with his care giver standing next to him. “C’mon Peter,” he says, pulling him away.[…]

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Review: The Hill House, Norwich

Location We decided to stay at The Hill House, a lovely B&B a ten minute bus ride from the centre of Norwich in The Broads. The Broads are a system of canals and wetlands created when the water level rose, flooding Medieval peat workings. As usual, Ange arrived first, travelling on[…]

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Summer 2017 UK: Bowness-on-Windermere

Our trip to the Lake District started inauspiciously: we woke in the Royal Oak Inn to a solid persistent rain – not torrential – just a rain that has no intention of stopping and is pacing itself. We had high hopes of starting the day early and checking out Hill Top,[…]

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Review: MacDonald Old England Hotel & Spa

In the Lake District the weather can change very quickly – when we got up in the morning we were greeted with persistent torrential rain and by the time we got to the MacDonald Old England Hotel & Spa in the afternoon, bright blue skies and strong sunshine greeted us. We’d booked to[…]

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