My big Christmas present to myself was a ticket to England.
That's right. You heard me. I'm going to England!!
I bought my ticket right before Christmas for a killer deal. It's impossible to find now. But if you're interested, Tuesday is the cheapest day to buy a flight. Anyway, I'm leaving at the end of March and I will be touring the English countryside for a week.
Some of you may be wondering why the end of March. Isn't it rather cold and unpleasant in England in March?
Well, so I've heard. But I am going to do research for my next book, and I do not want the idyllic, Garden of Eden kind of England that I enjoyed on my last tour. My next story will be set in the north, among the peaks and moors. I need windswept landscape, grey skies, and a troubled sea to fit the mood of my story.
I'll be traveling with a good friend of mine. We were college roommates and have stayed close over the years. This is like a dream come true for us to go on an adventure together across the pond. I am hoping she will be willing to drive me around. She is such a good friend, I feel I might get away with asking her for this big favor. I will feed her yummy treats as payment for her services, and I will promise not to scream at oncoming traffic.
The last time I went to England, I was so terrified just getting out of London that I had nightmares about driving every night I was there. If I hadn't had a friend along, I would have never gotten in the car each morning. I would have just camped out at the first hotel I found and tried to find something interesting to walk to. Hopefully I'll be able to take the passenger seat this time. If not, I will brave it out and come home with more harrowing stories to tell.
I have a few ideas of some places I would like to see. Like these:
Who else has been to England? What did you love seeing? Any recommendations??