I am in desperate need of a holiday – for lots of reasons. Despite the fact that the office was closed between Christmas and New Year’s, I am feeling extremely run down and a bit foggy. I am currently sitting in my preferred “blog-writing” spot on the couch, it’s Sunday afternoon and rather than finish the post I’ve started, I’m more in the mood to work on my vacation plans.
Why not do both … a blog post on my vacation? Genius.
Spring break is rapidly approaching for those of us who have children. Kate, my 9-year-old daughter, has her break in March and we have frequently taken that time to go on some sort of family vacation. I’m not sure if we start feeling tired because we know holiday is coming or the other way around, either way, I am ready to go on an adventure. This year, we are going to holiday in England, spending a majority of our time in the English countryside followed up by a few days in the city of London. This will be the 4th time I’ve been to London – and my wife was actually an English citizen for a while since she was born in Lakenheath, a village in Suffolk, England. However … my daughter hasn’t ever been to the UK so this will be a fun trip if only for the opportunity to show my daughter a new area of the world.
We are actually going to be spending most of our time in the country once we arrive – an area called Amesbury, a town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. Most of my time has always been spent in London proper so we are going to rent a house out in the country for most of our trip and go exploring in other surrounding counties. If you are somewhat familiar with the area, yes … we are going to visit Stonehenge, my daughter made a special request. I suppose we’ll also pop over to Woodhenge as well.
The countdown now stands at three weeks time so vacation planning has really begun – luckily, my wife Michelle is a heat-seeking missile when it comes to researching our vacations. I consider myself extremely lucky because my wife is a woman of style, substance, and character, and knows where my interest lie. That means she allows for architectural excursions, while also allowing for more family centric activities and things where my daughter might have a higher tolerance level. I have attached my wife’s Pinterest board where she has been collecting images of places to go and things to see. [for the record, if you are on Pinterest, you would be wise to follow my wife there ... she's does a pretty good job and you'll get an inside peak at the things the wife of an architect finds interesting. Michelle Borson on Pinterest]
You can click on this next image and it will open in a new window at twice this size if you are so inclined.
Wow … I wasn’t kidding was I? Unlike my wife, I have been a teensy bit more lackadaisical about organizing my thoughts and plans. I have a few things in mind but I was really hoping that the friends and the readers I have in the United Kingdom would come through and let me know what I should be doing.
So how about it … care to make some suggestions and recommendations for me?
I’ve already heard from a few people who it will probably be raining on my the entire time I’m there. I’d rather it not but if it does, I’ve no room to complain. Of all the trips and time I’ve spent in London, it has NEVER rained on me … so I think I might be due. I looked ahead at what the weather might be like –
Not too bad, a little chilly but certainly not anything I haven’t been dealing with this winter here in Texas (yes, it does in fact get cold here in Dallas). If it’s damp and in the upper 30’s/ lower 40’s that will make being outdoors a little less awesome. I am about to look for some underlayers of clothing to supplement my wardrobe. Layers is the key!
So there you have it … I need your guidance, recommendations, and suggestions (other than “get thermal underwear” … I’ve got that one covered. What would you have me do once I get to England?