it’s really early… and UK visiting.

and i can’t sleep. toss / turn… toss / turn… toss (well, you get the picture)

so i thought i’d visit you fine folk.

…yet, if you’re here, i must entertain you.

ah-HA! watch me sing and dance:

[although you cannot see, as i have no flickr account, i have been singing and dancing for several minutes… and think you would have enjoyed the show… thank you, thank you very much]

there – hope you’ve been thoroughly entertained :D

In other news, am truly thinking about coming to the UK next summer… and hope to utilize your expertise for travel suggestions & recommendations. I do not want to drive, but it is totally possible to visit most anyplace via bus or subway/metro/tube, yes? My mother and I are planning to visit together… We don’t want to do a *tour group* because we don’t necessarily want to be herded to & fro… but we also need some guidance re: places to go, places to stay, etc. We plan on visiting London, Whales… and perhaps if we’re daring (depends on how much time she can take from work) Ireland. I’m thinking approx 3 weeks, but am open to a time frame. I’m rather excited, as I’ve never been outside my country before. Perhaps the year after next I’ll head Down Under :D

Can anyone recommend a travel book I should get?
Train and/or travel website?
…having a good place to start is always nice idea, methinks.

9 thoughts on “it’s really early… and UK visiting.

  1. yes it is possible to "visit most anyplace via bus or subway/metro/tube" if you’re staying in London… I know we’re small, but not that small!!

    For trains is what I use, but won’t tell you of any special deals you might be able to get with the individual train companies. If you know what/where you’re going and have a timetable (depends on how organised you are) is may be a good idea to book tickets early, as they can be expensive to buy on the day (eg a one day travel card to London from mine is £25 and I’m less than an hour away).

    Borrow some guide books from the library like the Lonely Planet Guide and that’ll give you a general overview of what there is, then you can look things up in more detail.

    Summer is a good time, slightly less chance of the wet stuff in the sky, but crowds will vary greatly.

    If you go early summer, you’ll avoid holidaying families as kids are still in school, or wait till the end of summer (end of August/beg. of Sept).

    Of course, there’s no gaurantee on the weather, you could pick a rainy three weeks or you could have glorious weather…

  2. It is certainly possible to get around London and most other big cities by public transport. Smaller towns and villages are often more problematic. The above website is the national train times website, and will also give you an idea of fares. Buses are more problematic – each area’s buses are covered by a different bus company, each with their own websites and timetables. There is a national coach service that goes to most (if not all) cities, called National Express.

  3. thank you both so much! i will begin the process of being organized and researching websites and timetables. thank you!

  4. You can get everywhere in the UK easily. It is best to book ahead for the train. It may also be easier to travel long distances by plane at a cheaper, but environmentally expensive, way. We can offer to put you off if you pass through, we have 2 sofa beds.

  5. many thanks for your hospitality! i would love to take you up on it (if you’re not in florida at the time)

  6. Hi Rain, hope your planning is going well

    Here are my top 5 things/places in the uk.

    1) York (cos I’m originally from around there (if you couldn’t tell), it’s extremely tourist friendly but sometimes has big crowds. Lots of historically stuff to see and it has a pub for every day of the year (alledegedly, NB I never met anyone who has actually tried to go to a different pub everyday for a year)

    2) London (even bigger crowds but even more stuff to see. Plus it has The Queen! and all sundry governmental features, namely Houses of Parliament, Buckingham palace etc).

    3) Liverpool (cos that’s where I currenly reside and you could come around for tea. has fairly good night life and music, plus see John Lennons old house and do the Beatles thing (unfortunately nearly all of Liverpools tourism revolves around the Beatles which is a downer if you happen not to like their stuff).

    4) Iona – if you fancy Scotland then check out this as it’s the birth place of British christendom. It’s a bit windswept and rugged though. Edinburgh on the other side of Scotland is also worth a look if the festival is on.

    5) Uh I can’t actually think of anything specific to do in Wales. I went to a tin mine on a school trip once.
    It has lovely scenery though. Cardiff and Swansea are the two big cities in Wales but I never been to them

  7. oo oo. i write you with tons of info. er… after i unpack from holiday. :-P

    p.s. a wHale is a sea creature. wAles (no h) is a country. ;-)

  8. perhaps i was unclear… i want to visit London, then go on a whale-hunting expodition… then, if there’s time, perhaps visit Wales… :D
    a wise man once said "it is a poor mind indeed which cannot think of at least two ways to spell any word"

    (that’s what i say whenever i’ve been caught spelling creatively!!!)

  9. i always like to follow the sentiments of a very wise bear who once said "my spelling is wobbly. it’s *good* spelling, but it wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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