Time and again, we come across references to market towns. People, guidebooks, tv shows, pamphlets… they all refer to them. Finally, I had to ask, “What is a market town?” The big explanation was, “There’s a market there, isn’t there?” Hmmm Really? I hadn’t heard of London as being a market town. There are more markets in London than we could possibly get to in our 3 weeks there. We gave it a good try, believe me. Continue reading →
… because “Ships, Trains, and Hiking Boots” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Barrow-In-Furness is not exactly high on the list of UK destinations for most people. A history of iron ore and slate mining in the region, then smelting, and eventually ship making… sounds pretty, doesn’t it? An obvious choice for a couple of nature loving walkers. Ah, but we had been going through a cold snap for a bit (yes, temperatures had been hovering around zero!), so a scenic train trip to nowhere in particular seemed in order. Continue reading →
With travel, as with anything in life, things don’t always go as planned. While it’s easy to do a bit of bitching and moaning when things don’t go to plan, for the most of it, I really do try to roll with the punches. Does it really matter if I can’t get to a certain place on the day I had planned? There is always something to see and do around the next corner. Continue reading →
What would the modern day traveler do without TripAdvisor (or your favourite online travel guide)? It feels a little too risky to visit a new city without conferring with the opinions of countless strangers. Just wander down the street and walk into a restaurant without checking their ratings? What? Miss out on the top 5 attractions? Unthinkable! Playing the game, it was finally our time to visit the top 2 attractions of our nearest city, Lancaster. Continue reading →
We ventured beyond Lancashire County this week and got a taste of Cumbria, just to the north of us. A bus to Morcambe, a train to Lancaster, and another train to Silverdale, and we were set! Cumbria is known for its rugged coasts and beautiful scenery; the little bit we saw did not dissapoint. Continue reading →
When we want to go a little farther than our little feet will easily take us, we do take advantage of public transportation. The City of Lancaster has a Dayrider ticket that allows us to travel by bus all day throughout a pretty big region for about $10 Canadian each.
Last Tuesday, we decided to do a bit of a walk starting in Carnforth. The bus ride took about half an hour and we enjoyed having a lookie-loo from the top deck on the way. Continue reading →