The land that WiFi forgot
Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
33Trip End Jun 30, 2008
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I apologise for the lack of updates, as I am sure all your lives have been less fullfilling without a blog from yours truely... After the blanket coverage of WiFi in the US the lack of hotspots in regional UK has been a shock. I have finally found one so have decided that it is time for another exciting episode in the travels of the intredid duo...
I am currently sitting in a little cafe in Oxford on my way to Jenny's (family friend), who lives about an hour south of Oxford. gaynor has stayed in Leicester as there are still some relatives she hasn't caught up with. I will meet up with her again on Saturday before we go onto London for a week. Anyway, I am sure you are all wondering what we have been up to during our period of WiFi wilderness..
So after spending a couple of days in Leicester recovering from our jetlag and trying, unsuccessfully, to acclimatise we headed north for a couple of days in the Lakes district... The drive north was interesting and got better the closer we got to the Lakes district. We arrived in Windermere just after lunch on Monday and checked into our very homely and comfortable B&B. That afternoon we explored Windermere and travelled on the ferry up to the north of the lake and walked into the town of Ambleside. Ambleside was fantastic, all stone cottages and great views, but the highlight was a tiny buiding perched on a tiny arched bridge that was originally built as a 'Summer house' 500 years or so ago, but was the home of a family of 8 during the late 18th century. After exploring Ambleside for a couple of hours we caught the ferry back to Windermere (on the way seeing the first sun since we left NYC), had dinner at a local pub and had an early night.
The next day the weather had finally improved, so after a huge English breakfast, including black pudding... (where we met a woman who grew up in Toowoomba and a funny couple of women from the US) we decided to take up our hosts suggestion of a drive around the district
There were many more highlights from our time in the Lakes district but it just isn't the same on paper and non of the photos we took do it the slightest justice
The next day we drove back to Leicester, via a round about route that took us via a couple of castles and Coventry. The castles were cool, one was more like a large manor house and was still in use and the other was a ruin (the tower were torn down in 1969 after a kid died (you have to shake your head) but was good as you could see how it had been constructed and the different periods of construction from Norman to the 19th century... In Coventry we went to the Coventry Cathedral, which was well worth it.
Which brings me to today... This morning i have driven south from Leicester. Went to Warwick castle for a look (what can I say, I like castles), which apart from being so touristy was the best yet. Huge, imposing and very very old.
Anyway, that brings me up to date and hopefully we will have wireless in London so it won't be such a long wait for the next instalment.
PS I ran out of time to upload more photos or put them in order. At the next hotspot will upload more and sort them...