Friday, October 13, 2006

My Imaginary Trip

At this particular moment I want very badly to be writing an actual post about my adventures in Europe. I am not in Europe however, so I would like to tell you about the imaginary trip that I have planned there.

Friday October 13th- Depart Toronto on British Airways. World Traveller class (slightly bigger seats, but not so pricey as to be out of my range)

Arrive October 14th in the morning- check into downtown London Hostel. Sleep until 5pm. Go out for a light dinner and do double decker bus tour. If there's time a play at the Old Vic. Hit up pub and drink heavily.

October 15- Wake up next morning whenever humanly possible. Eat lunch on restaurant over looking Thames. Afternoon: tour of the tower of London, dinner- something cheap. Evening: either a play at Drury Lane or go see The Mousetrap. Night: find cool Tavern my Aunt went to hidden in old wine cellar. Drink heavily.

October 16- Early wake up to get on tour bus (courtesy of Travel Cuts "The Full Monty")

"Day 1: London - Bath
Leave the smog of London behind and travel through the rural English countryside with its green fields and thatched cottages. We stop at the mysterious Iron age Uffington White Horse and then wander amongst the 5500 year old Avebury Standing Stones. Next to the Roman spa town of Bath, one of England's masterpieces. See the Anglo Saxon abbey, beautiful georgian architecture, and visit Sydney Park (from where the Ozzie city gets its name!) or walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen before settling in for the night.
Day 2: Bath - North Wales
Heading west we travel into Wales, learning a bit of the Welsh language before crossing the mighty River Severn. The magnificent Chepstow Castle provides an awesome backdrop where you can stand in 2 countries at the same time! Lunch is in the border town of Hereford with its stunning cathedral and the Mappe Mundi, the oldest map of the world in existence. We end the day with a tour through the lovely mountains of North Wales before arriving at our fantastic farm house hostel to enjoy a truly unique BBQ.
Day 3: North Wales - Lake District
After a hearty breakfast, we leave the gorgeous farmhouse and head to Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, and then on to the walled town of Conwy, home to a magnificent 13th century castle. The tour then travels northwards through Welsh speaking Wales (Cymru) and over to the Isle of Anglesey to visit a tiny place with a huge name. We conclude the day with a stunning drive through the Lake District to the picturesque lakeside village of Ambleside.
Day 4: Lake District - Edinburgh
We start the day driving through the northern Lake District and head for the largest construction the Romans ever built, Hadrian's Wall! (all to keep the warrior Scots from invading the Roman Empire!) Across the border into Scotland for lunch and an afternoon tour of the rolling hills of the border region, which was William Wallace's (Braveheart) stomping ground. We regale you with haunting stories of the battles which took place on these hills before arriving in one of the world's most beautiful cities, Scotland's capital, Edinburgh!
Day 5: Free day in Edinburgh
Explore this World Heritage listed city, enjoy the lively nightlife or why not head off on an adventure around Scotland with HAGGiS! 1, 3, 6 and 8 day adventures available. (please enquire with our sales team if you wish to 'hop off' in Edinburgh and take a tour in Scotland before 'hopping on' to return to London).
Day 6: Edinburgh - York
Leaving Edinburgh we visit eerie battlefields, border towns, North Sea villages and perhaps more castles! Then it's back into England and on to York, ancient Viking capital and staging post for every invasion of Scotland by the English. We spend the afternoon exploring the medieval streets (including the oldest street in Europe) and city walls but nothing prepares you for York Minster Cathedral (the largest in England!) To end the day we head outside the city to Beverley where we stay in a 600-year-old haunted Dominican friary!
Day 7: York - London
Passing through the industrial heartland of England, we leave Beverley and make the journey into Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest for a walk to see if we can find any men in tights! Here you will discover the ancient oak tree where Robin hung out with his merry men! Next it's on to the birthplace of the man himself, Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon. See the house where the world's greatest dramatist was born or retrace the steps where the young bard courted his muse - Anne Hathaway. We arrive back in London around 6pm."

Drink heavily

By this point I've lost track of days and time, but who cares? Because...
On week the second I make use of my Eurorail 5 country pass. I chunnel to France and visit Paris, I then proceed to Germany for two days. Amsterdam (for undrug related purposes, ahem) the fourth day, on the fifth I double back toward Italy, spend some quality time in Florence, and round it all off with my dream since the fifth grade: Greece! Most specifically the old ancient theatres from the Dionysis festivals.

I return to London on November the 4th and stay one day extra to purchase a white mask and some firecrackers. No one ever hears from me again.


Andrew J. Root the First said...

I wanna go too!

Liz said...

Day 3: (change of plans) Fly to Dublin airport and meet Andrew in the morning
- Spend afternoon touring Guiness Factory
- Drink Heavily
- Meet up with tour group in Scotland when consciousness is regained.