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Evrything you REALY should know if you're going to visit the UK
Fri 8-Apr-11
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Michelle from Oregon
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All right, I have hijacked Achievements of the Day long enough.

As you may have seen, Dan and I are planning a trip to see the UK and squeeze in as many visits to all of you dear, wonderful people who may actually want to meet face to face as well.

SO, what should a first time visitor to the UK know?

Roundabouts - check.

Mass Transit - iffy.

Don't plan on moving too quickly - gotcha'.

But what else? Where should we go? What should we see?

Where do you go when you have a couple of days?

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Fri 8-Apr-11
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wave  Scotland is so beautiful and if I am to visit you, you really should come and stay with me first.  whistle   I can't show you all of Scotland but the west coast is wonderful.

Train links between Scotland and England are good.   You could fly into Glasgow and after a visit with me me you could get the train down south from Glasgow.

( Okay so I know I got in first and the reverse is possible!!!!!!!!  big_laugh )

Oh and you know you have to be home early November, so I can visit you.  champagne   ( pretty please big_hug )

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Fri 8-Apr-11
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Michelle, Scotland has always been, for us, wonderful in June - you have long evening and beautiful weather.

However, any other time, you'd better come and see us ...  whistle

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Isn't that fair, Danuta ??????   big_laugh   big_laugh

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Fri 8-Apr-11
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wave  But the midges are gone by Sept/ Oct and we might not have rain then.  cry  And even when we do, it is still beautiful.  whistle

Aw, I so want to see Michelle, please do not put her off.  She could see you either before or after me.  champagne  champagne   champagne

Now see what you have done Michelle, Val and I are fighting over you.  big_laugh    big_laugh    big_laugh

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Fri 8-Apr-11
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http://www.visitcornwall.com/site/explore-cornwall

The Eden Project, the Minack Theatre, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Lanhydrock, sea, sand, cliffs, surf, standing stones, tin mines, moors, harbours, tall ships, pasties...

Depending on the time of year there are festivals, carnivals and processions, lots of colour and music. From Golowan and Murdock Day in June, to the Truro City of Lights  in December.

 

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Fri 8-Apr-11
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All right, I will try and recreate what I posted earlier before the forum played another trick on me!

September is when we were looking at coming, (haven't bought tickets yet) for 2 weeks. I kind of thought that it would make sense to start at the farthest point from London first and work our way back. I am still getting funny looks from Dan over a side trip to Latvia (sorry Joanna!) so I am guessing that would be Danuta! big_hug

And I have to go see Barbara, and I'll have to go find Val, and I have to seek out Cornwall and Ruth....

And Kate was going to collect us at Heathrow...

And at some point we need to go find Danny and Fiona....

I told Dan maybe we are going to have to separate and he can go see all the trains he wants, and I can go visiting all the people I can squeeze in...

Danuta, are you coming in October or November? If your here in November I can take you around for the Thanksgiving wine tasting, that's when they tap the casks on the new vintages...champagne

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Sat 9-Apr-11
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Golly, Michelle - how long will you have to spend in the UK - at least a week each, I reckon, if only to see all these wonderful places?

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Sat 9-Apr-11
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Michelle from Oregon said:

Michelle from Oregon said:

Mass Transit - iffy.

Don't plan on moving too quickly - gotcha'.

But what else? Where should we go? What should we see?

Where do you go when you have a couple of days?

Mass transport is good compared to the US! My sister-in-law and niece visited a couple of years ago, and did not have a car, and got almost everywhere they wanted to by train. From here you can get to the Lost Gardens of Heligan (see Ruthie's post), driving, in about an hour and a half--well, P can, I am more of a town driver and do not like the roads in the southwest, too narrow! Anywhere that is 2-way and barely is wide enough for one car is not to my liking.

Danny and Fiona would be a side trip from London. Val, Ruthie and I are in the same direction from London. (Unless Val is in France. doh) Dan could do train trips around where you are. He'd need to check time tables to see which of the preserved lines are running at that time of year.

We do day trips from here. My next trip away will be to daughter, based in Bradford area. From there we will do a couple of day trips, by train/bus since she doesn't have a car and pubic transport is good in that area. Train to Settle? York? Harrogate? Skipton, Ilkley, Leeds Farmer's Market? Next trip away with P will probably be Winchester. (For that we will use a carshare car so we can visit places en route and in the area when we get there.) And we keep meaning to do a couple of days in Cornwall to do some of the gardens that we haven't seen yet, though most we do from here in a day. And as a longer trip we are talking about Scotland--out of the midge season!

So you can do the whole of the UK in 2 weeks, with 5 minutes in each place.... or do fewer places for longer, or come for more than 2 weeks. (I know, limited vacation time. But 3 weeks is a lot longer and less time in proportion is lost to jet lag....)

Sat 9-Apr-11
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Grr. I thought I had that not in quotes. But at least it posted it!

Sat 9-Apr-11
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As for slow public transport--we went from Vancouver to Seattle by train, and then Oakland to Santa Barbara by train last fall. Both were good, especially the second. But most Americans wouldn't consider doing it that way! One train a day from Oakland to Santa Barbara, taking 9 hours or whatever it was--ridiculous! There are lots of trains from London to Edinburgh, about 400 miles, every day. And several from Penzance to Edinburgh and further on in Scotland daily. It gives you both a chance to look out the window and see the quaint countryside. big_laugh

Sat 9-Apr-11
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If you come in September I am at the Bridport Hat Festival in September, travelling down to Dorset on September 15th.You could come too ( if you don't have too much baggage as my car is a KA).You have to see the Jurassic Coast and Maiden Castle.The road between Dochester and Bridport is one of the most beautiful I've ever driven on.Another fabulous road is the West Coast route up to Scotland ( once you are over the border) and the road across Dartmoor...After Dorset you could go on to Devon/Cornwall....we could stop on the way and see Salisbury Cathedral and Maiden Castle...think about it.

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Sat 9-Apr-11
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Barbara - what sort of transport is this ???????

she doesn't have a car and pubic transport is good in that area.  eeek

 

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Sat 9-Apr-11
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Flying to Scotland and train back sounds good if trains are on the agenda. The train ride is supposed to be very pretty and autumn (fall) is a good time to go to Scotland. Think your going to need a pin in each place to see how connectable everyone is. I think I will have to concede defeat, otherwise you are never going to fit it all in cry But there is always next year right cheers

Sat 9-Apr-11
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Ah, Barbara, the voice of reason and common sense! Certainly its a good idea to see if we West Country-ites can meet up in one place. Exeter is only 2 hours on the train for me and they run roughly hourly, but thats probably about my limit for a day out.

Oh Dan likes trains? Bodmin and Wenford Railway.

 

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He would love this too I think ( Hogwarts Express!!!! )   - opposite ends of the country. eeek

http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite/Jacobi.....tails.html

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