My latest bit of traveling I managed while my belt is getting tight (metaphorically speaking, unfortunately) I spent three days staying with my flat mate Cat at her parents’ house in Cheshire from June 6-8. It is some of the most beautiful country side I have ever seen; the northwest near the Welsh border is quintessentially England with lush green rolling hills, gray stone walls, horses and sheep dotting the fields.
Wales: June 7
- Conway Castle in Conwy, Wales
- I enjoyed trying to pronounce all the Welsh signs on the drive there.
- I don’t think Cat appreciated my butchering the archaic Celtic language.
- Conwy is the closest to a fairy tale story castle I have seen so far.
One of Edward I’s many castles, completed in the 13th century.
Knutsford, England: June 8
- Cat’s house is one of two of four remaining Victorian guard houses, to a demolished manor house.
- Visited her mom’s and sister Josie’s half Arabians horses Sunny and Heidi.
- Watched English saddle riding
- Tried to kick neighbor chickens out of the corral, but they kept coming back to eat the horses’ grain.
- Lots of old fashioned boutiques and inns in the ‘city center’
- Many big league football players live in outside Knutsford in grand neighborhoods.
- Home to the beautiful Tatten Park
Disley, England: June 8
- Lyme Park Manor House:
- Site of Pemberly, Mr Darcey’s house, in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.
- I had to watch the entire 5 hour-long film once we got back home.
- My first time inside an old manor house.
Exquisite Elizabethan interior, portraiture and furniture
Manchester: June 9
- Before catching my coach back to Leeds, I took a few hours to look around the city.
- Home to arguably England’s greatest football teams, Manchester United
- I spent my time inside the Manchester City Art Gallery, my usual stop in a new city.
Found China Town on accident and bought some oriental goods there.