So there is only 32 sleeps till my trip to England – or 19 work days but whose counting! So I thought I’d give you a bit of an update of what I have planned.
I have one full day in Abu Dhabi and the one thing I must do is go to the Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque. A few years ago I was delayed in the city and we got taken to a hotel for the night. We drove past this giant white building and ever since then I have wanted to go back and check the place out.
One of my nieces went a couple of years ago and took some amazing photos, it only increased my desire to go there.
This will be my 4th time in this city and there is still so much that I want to do. This time, however, I only have 4 days to do those things.
There are a couple of things I MUST DO whenever I’m in London, they are grab a Kiwi burger at GBK; go to Greenwich and set my sights on St Paul’s Cathedral.
Given that my time in London is short this time round, there is one other thing that I absolutely must do and I can’t believe that I haven’t done it before! And that is check out some of London’s street art.
Visiting Castle Combe in 2015 made me fall in love with the Cotswolds area – which I know is kind of huge. So this year, I am basing myself in the north of the Cotswolds area and will spending some time exploring.
The must do things for the Cotswolds are:
- Stratford-upon-Avon, which I know technically is not part of the area but it’s close enough. With my love of Shakespeare, this visit is a long time coming.
- Blenheim Palace. I was surprised to find that Blenheim Palace would be open during my visit since a lot of Stately Homes close down for the winter period.
- Exploring the Cotswolds. I don’t really have any set plans, just jump in the car and drive basically – see what I can find
This is one area I have never been to so I honestly really have no idea what to expect. However the number one must do item on my list for this area is to visit Lyme Park, from the BBC Pride & Prejudice fame – you know the one.. where Mr Darcy comes around the corner after taking a swim in the pond and meets Elizabeth Bennett!!
I am staying in the Peak District area for 3 nights so plan on doing a couple of day trips to fill in the time – or I could stay cosy and warm in Wortley Hall, where I will be staying.
North Yorkshire Moors
I only have two nights in the Moors but my time is chocka block with things I am doing – including the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which I am SUPER excited for. I honestly don’t know where my love of steam trains comes from – I blame my dad though. But I really do love them and I am looking forward to spending the day exploring the quaint little railway stations along the way.
The other place I must visit is Whitby – simply because it looks amazing!
York has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It all started when I was a kid and my dad use to bounce me on his knee while singing “The Grand of Duke of York”. It became his signature – it was so much a part of him that we actually sang it at his funeral, it was quite the thing!
I have been planning to go to York for so many years and nearly did get there in 2015, but things didn’t quite work out. Which in retrospect, I think is actually a good thing. The reason York is so important to me this time is that I am going to be there on the 9th anniversary of my dad passing away. It’s going to be a rather poignant trip but one I am looking forward to nonetheless.
I’m spending 3 nights in York and have a couple of other things I am planning to do in the area – visit Castle Howard and pop up to Newcastle for a quick visit.
I’m only going to be in Manchester for one night and will be getting there around 11am so there isn’t much time to explore the city. But I do plan on spending a couple of hours wandering around and hopefully checking out the John Rylands Library.
So there you have it.. 3 weeks in England. I can’t wait to share my adventures with you all.