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United Kingdom 2022 Travel Journal

Like many others we haven’t been able to do much recreational travel over the last few years, but we were finally able to complete a trip to England which we originally booked in February 2020.

We started planning this trip during the early months of 2020. We even booked our flights and a hotel room, when everything came to a sudden halt with the emergence of the pandemic. Thankfully, despite booking non-refundable tickets and rooms, the airline gave us vouchers for a future trip.

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Trip to Montreal

Montreal 2018: Road Trip Wrap-up

Our latest excursion to Montreal was a belated birthday get-away for Sarah. Her only request was to surprise her. *gulp* No pressure from her, but plenty from myself. I did my best to keep my plans from her, but I decided to let her know about at least one of the places, a new-to-us knitting store.

If you have read posts of previous visits to Montreal you know that we have a few places we visit often. For example, we always stay at the Hôtel Château de L’ Argoat, and the hotel’s proximity to Cheval Blanc means we inevitably have a few beers there. Réservoir Instagram link is another brew pub we always seem to end up. However, other than these three places all of the spots listed below are new to us. And it looks like my months of planning paid off as we had a wonderful 48-hour adventure in one of our favorite cities. Please read on for a detailed report, and watch the video for more.

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London, Cambridge & Reading, England 2007

The Start of a Belated Honeymoon

When we got married we took a long weekend to go on—what we called at the time—our Honeymoon Lite. We had a lovely time in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, but we wanted to do more. We talked about going to Europe as soon as we could. Then Life got in the way. We bought our house in Silver Spring, and we realized just how much of a time-suck home ownership could be, especially when the home is 75-years-old and hasn’t been looked after for the last 10 or more. Then my father passed away and suddenly we had another house in need of cleaning and serious maintenance plus the need to sort the estate, etc. Shortly after that we decided to move to Vermont where we first settled in a small flat in Montpelier and then it was back to house hunting and job hunting, and … Well, you get the idea. In “Beautiful Boy” John Lennon sings “Life is just what happens to you, while your busy making other plans.”

This past summer Sarah reminded me that we had planned to take a real honeymoon. With our fifth anniversary coming up in October I wasn’t about to argue, and so we booked tickets to England and started planning our “Real Honeymoon.”

I won’t go into the boring details of the planning other than to say that with so many friends in the United Kingdom, it was difficult trying to coordinate schedules, especially considering our trip coincided with the Christmas holiday. We were disappointed we weren’t going to be able to see James and Ruth in Wales because of their holiday plans, but we ended up being able to schedule visits with nearly everyone else. Planning a MetaFilter meetup helped.
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