Cornwall is a wonderful place to visit for the budget traveler. It’s hard to narrow it down, but here are my top three places to visit in Cornwall. St. Michael’s Mount is both historic and beautiful. A place of pilgrimage in Cornwall since the sixth century, the Mount is only accessible by foot at low […]
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Cornwall has amazing vistas -from St. Michael’s Mount to Kynance Cove and the Lizard Peninsula. Cornwall, located in the United Kingdom, has a lot to offer a budget traveler. Divorce Your Travel Agent and come visit Cornwall today! Your email: Cornwall has amazing vistas -from St. Michael’s Mount to Kynance Cove and the Lizard Peninsula. […]
The Italian Chapel, on the island of Lamb Holm in Orkney, was built by Italian prisoners of war during the second world war. The prisoners, who had been captured in North Africa, were housed on the island in order to work on the Churchill barriers. These barriers became causeways linking the islands together. In 1943, […]
Tewkesbury Abbey was begun in 1102 to house Benedictine Monks. It escaped Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the monasteries because the town purchased it to become their parish church. Tewkesbury is unusual in that it is fairly easy to get a picture of the full church. You can walk down the road to the side of […]
Sudeley Castle is located in the heart of the Cotswolds, and will be an immediate favorite for any Tudor History fan. Queen Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII and stepmother to Mary, Edward, and Elizabeth, is buried here. In acknowledgment of this Tudor link, Sudeley has several Tudor-related exhibits.
Berkeley Castle is where King Edward II spent his last days, before, as legend has it, he was sent on to his reward in a unique way. History holds that his wife, Isabella of France, and her lover Mortimer had him dispatched quickly. The murder needed to not leave any marks on his body. Hot poker, anyone? I’m not so sure I hold with this theory, but Edward II was replaced with his son, Edward III. My guide, Valerie, was incredibly informative as she took us around the castle. My first lesson? Berkeley is pronounced “Bahrkley”
One of the major reasons I like planning my own budget vacation is the flexibility I have in decision making. The day I went to Carew, this factor was brought home to me. In a discussion with the owner of High Noon Guest House, my B&B in Pembroke, he mentioned that I should go to Manorbier. I was able to add it in to my day, and boy, I’m glad I did.
One such story of Carew Castle, Wales, is about Princess Nest, a Welsh princess known as the Helen of Wales, who apparently caught the eye of King Henry I. Supposedly, she became his mistress and was married off to Gerald of Windsor. Another man became enamored of Nest, and kidnapped her (some say with her consent).
At DivorceYourTravelAgent.com, I’m always looking for places to visit that are good for the budget traveler. Bangor, a city in Wales, has much to offer. I’ll have to admit it – the main thing that drew me to Bangor was the cathedral where my ancestors were entombed. However, once in this town, I ended up staying several hours.
Divorce Your Travel Agent and plan your own budget trip to Chester! Chester is located near the Welsh border, and as such, was a focal point for much of the fighting amongst the Welsh and the English. In fact, there is still a law on the books that if anyone sees a Welsh person within the city laws at night, he is allowed to shoot him with a crossbow.
Set high above the meandering Wye river, Chepstow castle is a site to behold. A Norman castle built to withstand the Welsh onslaughts, Chepstow is a fine example of Norman architecture. And, quite simply, it is beautiful. An evocative ruin where you can almost reach out and touch the past. When I went, there was […]
Tom Jones said, “I carry Wales around inside me.” I can understand why! It is easy to gush about Wales. Once I crossed the border into this almost mystical country, I was impressed by the verdant trees and the fog-shrouded valleys. Wales has something for any traveler. For the adventurous, Wales has hiking trails for […]