Two Weeks in the UK – Our Plan
Oh…. Man! The excitement is growing to an unbearable level. How do you cope with an impending trip? This time it’s Two Weeks in the Uk – Our Plan has been pretty much set since the beginning of the year.Our Plan this time? At Least Two Weeks in the UK Click To Tweet
Isn’t the waiting just about unbearable?
Right now is kind of a limbo time. Impatiently waiting for the school year to come to a close, so that we can get the “Hell Out of Dodge”!
Let me take you back to that exciting time when my wife and I first sat down together at the kitchen table to decide where to go this time. Jodi blurted, “Two weeks in England – our plan needs to be at least two weeks in the UK.?”
I wasn’t surprised mind, I have known of her desire to visit the UK. and Ireland for a long time. She is completely wrapped up in genealogy and most of her roots are there.
So, there it was two weeks in the UK – our plan was to spend two or so weeks of our almost six weeks of travel in England and the other half in Brittany, ending in Paris for the last four days or so.
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I don’t know about you, but I really hate planning for the flight! It is the least pleasurable and the single most expensive part of any trip. It’s a drudge. And, just needs to be dealt with.
After much gnashing of teeth and late nights, we finally concluded that we would take IcelandAir from Seattle, Washington to Manchester, England. Bypassing Heathrow seemed a good thing to because of where we are going to begin this adventure.
Besides, we have flown into Heathrow for connections before. It wasn’t a lot of fun then, and unless things have changed for the better, probably not a lot of fun now.
So, Manchester, here we come! You are Arnie and Jo’s gateway to the UK. Or, at least the small portion we will see this trip.
So, where are we going on our two plus weeks?
My wife and I are Vikings. We came to pillage and burn just as our ancestors. So there was no question that we had to start here.
So, my shield maiden, I will descend upon the unsuspecting residents of the quaint village of Jorvik, York today, on the River Ouse. We will not rest until we have created havoc and mayhem amongst the populace as we start our two weeks in the UK.
Things to See and Do in York
At the top of the list? The Jorvik Viking Center, of course! How could a couple of Vikings not make the pilgrimage to this sacred spot. Odin would be displeased.
Something a bit more modern needs to be on the list, too. So we’re going to need to take in the Railway Museum, not that either one of us are big train geeks. But, what the hell. We’re here to have fun right?
You know I could go on listing all the different things there are to see and do, but, and you know this, the best thing about visiting any place is getting to mix and mingle with the locals. Strolling the streets, visiting the shops, enjoying conversation with folks in the pubs, street food, all the things that make a place interesting.
Places to Stay in York
If booking flights is the most excruciatingly tedious part of a trip, finding, what you hope will be a fun, interesting place to stay is just the opposite. We always try to find a place that is close in and gives us some feel of the local charm. We think that we found just that in York.
The Rose and Crown Inn
The first place we stay during our two weeks in the UK is the Rose and Crown Pub, Purveyors of Famous Ales and Pies, says they’ve been around since 1786. Food, drink, live music, and a comfortable place to rest your head after a long day of enjoying the city. Tell me, what more can you ask for?
13 Lawrence Street York YO10 3BP
More Rose and Crown Pub
Road Trip!! Hitting the road and heading south, deep into the Cotswolds.
As I mentioned earlier, my wife is very keen on ancestry. She has found that she is descended for British nobility, that means that our primary purpose in making this leg of the trip is make sure that all of her castles have been maintained properly.
In that vein, we make our first inspection tour of our two weeks in the UK at Warwick Castle and the town outside the walls. Warwick Castle is a medieval castle originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068.
We are told that today it is a medieval amusement park offering all kinds of historically oriented experiences. Sounds like it could be fun if not too commercialized.
Places to Stay Near Warwick Castle
The Globe (formerly The Lazy Cow)
When we were looking online for a place to stay in Warwick, we found this inn with the crazy name of Lazy Cow, and its unique name made it our first choice. The amenities seemed quite nice too so we went for it. But, then we found the name had been changed to the Globe. Imagine, if you will, how crest-fallen we were at this news. OK, not really, but the name Lazy Cow was fun. Looking forward to our visit anyhow.10 Theatre Street, Warwick CV34 4DP, England
More on The Globe
Stratford-Upon-Avon is next up on our two weeks in the UK. Gotta say that I’m not all that keen for it to be honest about it. Shakespeare has never been my cup of tea. (I just couldn’t resist that. I’m sorry.) But, it seems a requirement as we will be driving right through.
We have decided to make Stow-in-Wold our home base while we tour the other little villages and the country around. Jodi keeps showing off all these uber-cute pictures on Pinterest, that are very sweet looking.
Our stay in Stow will only be for three nights, and then we move on to Bath making sure to take in more of Jodi’s castles, Avesbury, and other sights along the way.
We think 5 days in Bath is just about right. 5 days offers more than enough time to take in all that Bath has to offer, from the Georgian townhouses to the Roman Baths and the museums. But, there’s a lot around the town too that need to investigated.
Glastonbury, Salisbury, Stonehenge, maybe even Bristol, and more, are all within in easy reach. Silly to miss anything.
Places to Stay in Bath
Always on the look out for moderately priced, comfortable digs for our two weeks in the UK, we found Cornerways. This B and B looks very inviting, clean, and comfortable. And, importantly, not frumpy. I absolutely detest so many American B&Bs because they are all lacy and frilly and just plain claustrophobic feeling.147 Crescent Gardens, Bath BA1 2NB, England
+44 (0)1225 422382
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This is actually a little out of the way, but for reasons stated earlier having to with Jodi’s castles we need to take it in. And, from what we have heard it is remarkable, so it is worth the drive.
Last stop before we cross the Channel to catch a short visit on the Isle of Jersey , and on to St Malo and Brittany. Poole appears to be a beachy resort kind of place that will let us relaxed for a day before our travels through Brittany and Paris.
So, there you have our two weeks in the Uk. A little more to be accurate, but whose really counting.
We’ll have a similar installment on our plan for Brittany soon.
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