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Trip to England

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Tanzanite
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Postby Tanzanite » Tue September 28th, 2010, 11:08 pm

"robinbird79" wrote:Can't wait to see your blog and pictures when you get back! I'm jealous! What a fantastic trip!!


I was so looking forward to going in March but that has now been put on hold for at least a year...as I will be about seven months pregnant at the time I was planning on being there! :) Oh well, it will give me another year to save up!


Congratulations! From what I can remember going too far from home while 7 months pregnant would not be my idea of fun!!

We leave in 9 days! I've been busy mapping out an intinary, getting our hotel reservations finalized and obsessing over whether the daughter and the dog are going to be OK here by themselves (last time they were with family in Indiana so I didn't worry too much...).

We definately won't be doing Wales this year. Once I get "the list" finalized, I'll post it here and you can all tell me how crazy I am!!

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Postby Tanzanite » Tue October 5th, 2010, 12:47 am

Here's our planned list - so tell me how crazy we are!!

Bodiam Castle
Canterbury
Leeds Castle
Hever Castle
Arundel Castle
The Battle of Hastines reenactment (I saw that Helen Hollick will be there)
Ely Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral
York
Alnwick and Bamburgh castles
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Edinburgh Castle
Stirling (this one is still a maybe)
Kenilworth
Windsor Castle
Salisbury
Corfe Castle

...all in 10 days.

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Postby parthianbow » Tue October 5th, 2010, 8:41 am

Errmmm, you're crazy! ;) I think you'll really be pushing the boat out to do all that in 10 days, and do it all justice, unless you don't mind driving an awful lot on crowded motorways, and/or you're flying between some places.
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Vanessa
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Postby Vanessa » Tue October 5th, 2010, 8:54 am

That is busy!!!!! :eek: Will you be sleeping at all??? :p
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Postby LoobyG » Tue October 5th, 2010, 9:24 am

An amazing itinery Tanzanite, but if you manage it you'll need another holiday when you get home! I guess you can kip on the plane? ;)

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Postby EC2 » Tue October 5th, 2010, 10:46 am

"Tanzanite" wrote:Here's our planned list - so tell me how crazy we are!!

Bodiam Castle
Canterbury
Leeds Castle
Hever Castle
Arundel Castle
The Battle of Hastines reenactment (I saw that Helen Hollick will be there)
Ely Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral
York
Alnwick and Bamburgh castles
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Edinburgh Castle
Stirling (this one is still a maybe)
Kenilworth
Windsor Castle
Salisbury
Corfe Castle

...all in 10 days.


Wow - some list - LOL!
If you see Helen, say hi. She's lovely. I'm seeing her next week at the Sourcebooks meeting, and then again the week after when she's up in Nottingham and we're going out with my friend Alison.

I'd love to know what you think of Arundel. I'm writing about that one at the moment and really need to go there, just haven't had the time yet.

See you at your hotel stop off in Nottingham next week!
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Postby Madeleine » Tue October 5th, 2010, 7:00 pm

Tanzanite, when you're in Hastings for the re-enactment there's now a new tourist attraction - sadly the pier burned down last night, there should be a report of it on most UK news sites.
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Postby Tanzanite » Tue October 5th, 2010, 10:51 pm

Crazy pretty much sums us up!! My husband decided he wanted this to be a "trip" and not a "vacation" so sleep is not a requirement! I'm sure we will probably be dead tired when we get home. I know its possible that we may end up having to skip something due to time constraints, but I've always been an overachiever!!

EC - we will be going to Arundel before our stop in Nottingham so I'll at least try and get some extra copies of whatever information they have available for visitors and I"m sure I"ll have pictures!!

Madeliene - I'll have to check out the story on the pier.

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Vanessa
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Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
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Postby Vanessa » Wed October 6th, 2010, 7:37 am

Yes, it sounds like you'll be wanting another holiday when you get home! LOL. You'll be too busy to feel too tired at the time, I would imagine. I'm sure you will have a great trip.
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Postby SGM » Wed October 6th, 2010, 7:51 pm

"EC2" wrote:
I'd love to know what you think of Arundel. I'm writing about that one at the moment and really need to go there, just haven't had the time yet.


I went to Arundel quite recently. The view of the castle on approach to the town is quite spectacular but have to say that I was rather disappointed as much of the current castle is post civil war.
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