Here I sit, 29 hours after getting up at home yesterday morning, sleepy yet chipper, enjoying a cup of tea at Mary and Martin’s house in Lancaster, Lancashire, UK. They live on, get this, Portland Street. Fitting eh?
The trip this long day went very smoothly until we got to Chicago. And really, getting there wasn’t the issue… leaving was. We ended up sitting on the tarmac for an hour waiting for a nasty passing storm to pass. At one point they grounded all outbound traffic, but only for 15 minutes… thanks very much. After taking off we go the other good news… no movies for us. The video system was down. But, Karen and I are really good about entertaining ourselves… so between reading, watching part of a movie, talking, and listening to music we were OK. We landed at 8:10 AM Manchester time Friday morning. Funny as we took off in Portland at 8:10 Am Thursday.
I will interject here that I’m very tired, and am not really responsible for the contents of this entry….
OK, back to our regularly scheduled post… today, after arriving in Manchester, we met Mary and Martin and then took the train from there to Lancaster. The ride was about an hour and half, with a switch of trains in Preston. One thing’s for certain. The public transportation system here is stellar. Who needs to drive? You can get everywhere on the train. So… we arrived. We checked out their house, which is totally great by the way… great feel, great house. Then we took a bit of a walk along the canal with the dogs and then another, without the dogs, into town. What can I say about this place… it’s, very sincerely, a storybook town. It literally looks like we stepped inside a fairy tale. I mean… the town has it’s own castle. It’s own Roman Bath ruins (we saw the pile of rocks). It has amazing history. More on that by looking up the war of the roses. Yep. Lancaster was involved.
So… I’m sleepy. I’ll add pictures, I actually took a few today despite my hindered state of awareness. I will blame any blurryness that might be present in the pics, again, on my hindered state of awareness… stay tuned. I’ll add them after I get a bit of sleep and can type more than a few words without nodding off.
So far… this trip is kicking butt. LOVE it!!