Tour the UK in 2012

Don’t get caught in this heat next year!
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Get out, explore, and spend your precious dollars on something memorable before the government finds a way to spend them.

The Good News Girlz really have the right idea. Once you have educated your children it is time to take care of yourself and gain some fresh ideas and new experiences to enjoy as you reach old age! If you prefer to do this with some stimulating company please look at the tours that I'm taking in 2012.

Judy Coyle has written about the fabulous time that she and I had last June researching a tour to Cornwall, the sea bound southwestern peninsular of England.  Cornish Spring gardens are renowned for their stunning flowers set in scenic surroundings.  The result is our tour visiting some outstanding gardens in April 2012.

April 9th - 19th 2012: the spring flowers will be at their peak and the ocean will be sparkling.  What a tour this is going to be.  Besides taking you to the tropical gardens of Tresco Abbey, a helicopter flight to the Scilly Isles will give you a bird's eye view of Cornwall. There is so much to explore.  Is there truth to the legends of St Michael's Mount, Tintagel Castle, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table?  The castles are still here!  Come and decide for yourself. The Tate at St Ives reminds us of a powerful artistic movement during the Second World War and Trebar gardens remind us of our brave and generous  American boys who fought in that war so far from their homeland.

Learn with me the secrets of Britain's Top Chef, Rick Stein at his cooking school in the old smugglers town of Padstow.

A high point of this tour is the visit to Prince Charles's garden at his home at Highgrove House.  It is very difficult to gain entrance to Highgrove as it truly is Prince Charles's home, but it is worth the effort.  The garden has been designed with creative, loving care more than that it shows a warm side of the Prince's character.   This is a tour promising enjoyment and fresh perspectives for all. Please do not miss it!

June 26th - July 3rd 2012: summer gardens are blooming in the UK as the Texas sun is burning! We are visiting castles, gardens and their owners in North Wales and Shropshire.  I have spent the last six months in this fabulous part of the world.  I love it and cannot wait to show it to you. Incredibly, even in the UK relatively few people are aware of the secrets of this part of the country.  More than once in the course of a casual drive I have found myself at the gates of a stately Elizabethan home and its elegant garden.  At one such house I learnt how the four illegitimate children of the master of the house, all under the age of twelve, were sent off to America on the Mayflower!

The powerful Welsh castles are legendary, built by Edward the first to keep the revolting Welsh within their borders and out of England!  Curious Travelers of previous tours always remark on the glorious drives through seaside towns and the Welsh mountain passes.

Dinner for small groups as guests of some charming and gracious families is always a popular part of this tour.

To find out more about either of these tours visit my web site at www.thecurioustraveler.com.

Tours are for a maximum of 12 travelers.  We stay at comfortable hotels of character where the food and service will keep you happy and longing to stay for more time.  You will make new friends and return refreshed with new ideas.

 

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