Scotland, England and Wales August 2014
I figured if I was going to have to turn @%&! years old this year that I would do it in style so I started plotting my "I'm turning @%&! years old" birthday tour in February, right when the tickets for Downton Abbey went on sale. Then I thought what else do I really want to see and added Lyme Park, Pemberly #1, and Chatsworth House, Pemberly #2. Then I thought I've always wanted to visit Wales. And then I thought, why not a few days in Edinburgh? So I started in Edinburgh, taking day trips to see lots of castles, the highlands and as luck would have it, I was there for the Military Tattoo and the Fringe Festival. Then I took a train to Manchester, met up with a VT friend in Sheffield, visited Lyme Park, Chatsworth, Downton Abbey, lots of cute towns. Then into Wales, we visited castles, a coal mine, a Victorian seaside town. Then back into England where we happened upon International Beatles Week in Liverpool, survived the tackiness that is Blackpool before heading to London for a couple of days and meeting up with some more VT friends.
Where have we been in 2015 and where are we off to next?
January 10-17, 2014 cruise from San Juan with stops in Tortola, St. Kitts, St.Maarten/St. Martin, Dominica and Barbados
April 5-13, 2014-traveled with a friend to London & a surprise visit to Paris
May 22-June 1, 2014 Quito and a 8 day cruise to the Galapagos Islands
August 10-24, 2014-"I'm turning @$%# birthday trip" to Edinburgh, England and Wales, lots of BBC houses including Lyme Park, Chatsworth and Highclere (aka Downton Abbey)
October 2014, road trip to Lexington KY and a visit to Mammoth Caves
October 2014 road trip to Cincinnati, OH
November 2014-London, 3rd time this year!
December 2014-Playa del Carmen
January 2015 cruise to Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena, Caracas and Panama
May 2015 Brugge, Germany, Netherlands
June 2015 London with stops in York, Whitby, Brighton, Warwick
August 2015 Scotland