Sunday July 27th ~ The Lake District, England
Just a quick recap of how we got from Ireland to England. On Friday we took the Ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, England and then four trains brought us all the way to Windermere which is to be our home base for five nights as we explore the Lake District.
The Old England Hotel is situated right on the lake. It was a bit of a splurge for us to book here, but I’m so glad we did. This is a lovely property. The staff is helpful and courteous. The room is clean, roomy and the bed is one of the most comfortable we have had. The shower is hot with good water pressure, with a separate bathtub. We even have a view of the lake from our room!
We spent Saturday just walking around, enjoying the sunshine and getting familiar with the area along the lakes edge. Instead of a walk-about, we did a stroll-about. Taking our time, people watching, eating an ice cream cone, and feeding the swans and geese that are everywhere.
That was one of the hottest days recently and we soaked up the sunshine.
Our driver, Anne, picked us up at our hotel at 9:30. The 16 passenger van was full by the time we left Windermere. We had people from Hong Kong, Israel, England, and India – a nice cross-section.
We passed through lush countryside, primarily filled with pastureland. The sheep outnumbered cows and we learned about the local breeds. The tour moved at a nice easy pace with frequent short photo stops. Here are a few favorites from today:
Not quite as impressive as Stonehenge, but we could get up close and personal here. Dating back around 4500 years by some estimates and probably used for either a religious, ceremonial purpose and/or a gathering point to conduct trade.
Next stop in Keswick for a 50 minute cruise on the lake followed by lunch in town and time to walk the streets for a short time. This is a VERY dog friendly area. Water dishes are set outside of most businesses and signs are placed in many store and restaurant windows saying that dogs are welcome inside.
Another vista point must have been a favorite for wedding photographers as well. We spotted this bride coming through the trees.
Even with a few sprinkles here and there we had a very nice day. In fact we enjoyed it enough to book a different tour with this company for tomorrow!
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for melting pot societies. There is so much that can be learned from other cultures when we keep an open mind and an open heart. I have no room in my life for bigotry or prejudices.