Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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We have seen some wonderful things in some incredible places on this island.
The history of this place alone demands the greatest respect. Virtually every little village and practically every other highway exit had signs to a historic site or castle with each one meriting the attention.
Most surprising to see was the diversity. Not just with the landscape changes from London to the coasts to the lake district to the Scottish highlands but the people as well. Each region had its own unique way of life. Whether they worked as sheep farmers in Wales, distillers in Scotland, scholars in Oxford, retirees in the cotswolds, fortune tellers in blackpool, or big business in London, it was all region specific and absolutely fabulous to see. Considering you could fit the UK in southwestern Ontario the diversity that is seen is amazing. London by far was the most culturally diverse place we have ever seen. Depending on what block you were on it felt like a different region of the world. Truly impressive.
Diversity also could be used to describe the weather. It has the potential to change by the minute. Showers last for minutes, not like home where it can last all day. However it can vary all day so we had to be ready (our mini umbrellas were our best investment by far). Just a couple of days ago within a half hour we dodged hail, heavy rain, light showers, and basked in the sun. Wild stuff.
Of course the pubs and the pints they served were also quite diverse. We honestly sampled dozens of different beers and ciders in countless pubs all with there own style. Each town or village had their own brewery carried in the local pub that of course was the "best in the country", most didn't disappoint.
Outside of London the diversity of food was pretty hard to find. Fish and chips with a variety of stuffed pastries was commonplace. East Indian food was also in abundance (fabulous).
We must say that the bakeries were quite nice. Even though it was pretty similar across the country they do have a talent for the baked goods and sweets (much to megan's liking). I would consider us experts in this department now as we 'checked out' quite a few as we went along.
Speaking of diversity, the accommodations that we stayed in also demonstrated this. From 12 bed dorms (it is amazing just how many people actually snore) to world renowned B&Bs. We did it all. We don't think we need to elaborate on what we preferred. They all had their charms.
The UK is incredible. A fabulous experience that has open our eyes wide.
What do you have to offer Ireland?
Bring it on!