Thursday, April 25, 2013

Oh, the places you'll go. . . .

We depart in less than 24 hours so this will probably be the last post on this side of the Atlantic.  You may be wondering where our travels will take us.  We are starting in the north of England in the very historic city of York and using that as a base to explore the castles and monastic ruins of Yorkshire as well as the history of the city itself.  Then we will move on to northern Wales, basing ourselves in the walled city of Conwy.  There we will visit numerous castles built by Edward I to subdue the Welsh and bring the area under English control.  After that we will move to the area that forms the border between Wales and England in Herefordshire, staying in the small black and white village of Leominster.  This will be the base for a number of forays to the north and south, including Tintern Abbey and Hereford Cathedral, as well as a number of other castles.  Our next stop will be Stratford-upon-Avon, where we will visit the requisite Shakespeare sites and go view the Staffordshire Hoard.  Then we will move on to the Cotswolds, using Stow-on-the-Wold as our center to visit Gloucester, some Roman remains, and a rather famous Palace, plus some picturesque Cotswold villages.  From there we travel for the good part of a day to the furthest part of southern Wales, Pembrokeshire.  We'll be staying in the seaside resort of Tenby and visiting castles and cathedrals in the area.   Our final stop will be the World Heritage city of Bath, with it's roman baths and medieval abbey.  From here we will venture forth to places like Stonehenge, Wells, Salisbury, and Lacock.  Most nights students will be reporting our adventures for you (unless we are someplace that does not have Internet).  I'll let you know when we arrive.  Just hope for us good weather and minimal flight delays.

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