June 2015

Ripon Cathedral

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Ripon Cathedral
Chuck Thu, 2015-06-25 07:30
The problem with expectations is that they leave room for disappointment. We sadly admit that we were rather disappointed with England's Durham Cathedral. Bill Bryson, one of our favorite writers (and not just among travel writers), has called Durham's Cathedral one of the grandest in Europe. It is indeed grand, but we were underwhelmed. Had it not been for their summer exhibition of the Magna Carta, and if we weren't making our way to eventually see all of England's cathedrals, we might not have even mentioned it in a blog. The Nave of Ripon Cathedral: Note the Different Arch Shapes...

The Magna Carta and Durham Cathedral's Anniversary Exhibit

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - The Standard of Baron Robert de Ros
Chuck Tue, 2015-06-23 07:30
800 years ago this summer, a group of rebellious English barons forced King John to sign the Magna Carta. This document is often cited as the first document to establish human rights, but technically it was the first document to establish the responsibilities and limits of those who govern. Prior to the Magna Carta, those who governed did it pretty well however they wanted as their "God-given right". The Magna Carta (Latin for "Great Charter") changed the relationship of the governed and government forever. This summer, Durham Cathedral--which is the custodian of three original copies of the...

A Nifty New TripAdvisor Feature for Travelers

Chuck Sat, 2015-06-20 07:30
We're diehard TripAdvisor users. We use it on a daily basis to check up on hotel and restaurant reviews and ratings, and we use it to research attractions when we visit a place. We've written tons of reviews ourselves, earning TripAdvisor's "Top Contributor" badge, as a "Level 5 Contributor", "Restaurant Expert 12", and with almost 8,000 points as of this writing. TripAdvisor makes us feel very special, obviously, but as Drew Carey said, "The points don't matter." If you're interested, you can check out our TripAdvisor Profile . In short, if you don't have the TripAdvisor app on your phone,...

Castles, Castles, Everywhere!

Chuck Thu, 2015-06-18 07:30
There are hundreds of castles in England. Many are ruins, but some are still working residences. On our June visit to "The North", we got to see more of those iconic castles than we've seen before. You can't help but take a few good pictures of castles, and here are some of our favorites. Newcastle Castle Brough Castle Turret at Barnard Castle Commanding View from Barnard Castle Raby Castle (the residence of Lard Barnard) Raby Castle Raby Castle A Friendly Sheep at Brough Castle

Appleby Horse Fair, Appleby, England

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Showing Off Horse and Buggy, Appleby Horse Fair
Chuck Tue, 2015-06-16 07:30
Every June for the past couple of hundred years, English and Welsh gypsies, as well as Scottish and Irish "travelers", have gathered in the small cumbrian town of Appleby-in-Westmorland to buy and sell horses. The event is known as the Appleby Horse Fair and was held the weekend we were recently in Northern England. When there's a fair or event of traditional and historical relevance, and we're nearby, count us in. While everyone agrees that this horse trading (literally) event has been going on in Appleby for at least a couple of centuries, there's disagreement over exactly how long. Some...

A Year of Full Time Travel

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Chuck and Lori on airplane from Orlando to London
Chuck Sun, 2015-06-14 07:30
It's our first "travelversary". On June 14, 2014, a year ago today, we set out on a 6-month work-as-we-go tour of Europe, and we haven't really stopped traveling since. We came "home" just long enough to move the rest of our personal belongings out of the house and sell it, furnishings and all. Those six months were intended to be something of a trial run to see how we liked the nomadic lifestyle, and we were only a month or so into it when we knew it was what we wanted to do. In the last year we've been to 8 countries and 15 states. We've set foot on three continents, and we've laid eyes on...

England's Northeastern Cathedrals

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - The Newcastle-upon-Tyne Cathedral
Chuck Sat, 2015-06-13 07:30
We're slowly working our way through the list of the Church of England's cathedrals, and with our June return to Northern England, we checked three more off our list. In case you're wondering, there are just shy of 4 dozen cathedrals in England proper. This is a pretty impressive concentration of true cathedrals (home churches of bishops) rivaling countries like Spain and Italy. We're up to fifteen, so we have a couple dozen more, enough to keep us busy for another decade or so. Our first full day in England, we made a beeline to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England's extreme north east. We went...

A New Fave Travel Resource: Flightconnections.com

Chuck Thu, 2015-06-11 07:30
There's a particular problem for travelers seeking the best airfare, even with the most flexible of fare searching tools like Kayak. The problem is when airlines only fly to a destination on certain days. Even if you use a site like Kayak to search 2 days before and 2 days after dates, that only gives your search a 5-day footprint: if an airline flies that route only once a week, which isn't that uncommon for smaller (potentially cheaper) airlines and seasonal resort destinations, you've got a 2 in 7 chance of never learning about that fare. There's also the "serendipity" problem: all the...

A Site for Art Lovers: Artsy.net

Chuck Tue, 2015-06-09 07:30
As travel bloggers, we're regularly asked to "review our site" and "check out our app". Lest you think this is how we make money and can afford to travel, keep dreaming: none of those requests ever come with cash or mounds of bitcoins. We always take a peek at a website, usually we'll install and give an app a spin (as long as they work on our iPhones or iPads). Rarely are we impressed enough to actually blog about it. We're remiss in mentioning a few of the more nifty sites, apps, and gadgets, so while we gather some blog-worthy experiences in England we'll pepper our blog with write-ups on...

Kirkby Stephen and the Joy of Returning

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Rainbow over Cumbria, England
Chuck Sat, 2015-06-06 07:30
There's something very comfortable about returning to a place. I don't mean coming home, that would be more comforting . I'm referring to returning somewhere you've visited, a repeat performance if you will. We came to the little village of Kirkby Stephen in the English Lake District back in December of last year. It was an opportunistic stop for a house sit during our 6 months in Europe. You can read a couple of blogs from that stopover here and here . Winter was firmly entrenched, and we got snow the last few days we were there. We loved the small English village atmosphere. We loved the...

No A/C?!? No Problem!

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Ceiling Fan on High
Chuck Thu, 2015-06-04 07:30
We arrived in Ibiza Town about an hour after sunset a few weeks ago. There was the normal few minutes of confusion in locating our AirBnB apartment, but our host came out to greet us and showed us to and around our apartment. It's a nice little place, nothing fancy but comfortably appointed with a bedroom, a bathroom with shower, a small kitchenette, and a wonderful little sunny outside area big enough for a table and two chairs with clay-tiled room to spare. In short, it was everything we look for in an extended beach area apartment rental. It was still early enough when we arrived for a...

Using Internet On A Cruise Without Going Broke

Chuck Tue, 2015-06-02 00:00
(Photo Above: The Typical Intro Screen Shown When You Connect to Ship Wifi. You're not yet connected to the Internet; to get started and buy your package, tap "NEW User" and create an account.) Should any of our readers be planning to go on a cruise, and should any of them plan to stay in touch with family, friends, or the office while they cruise, we thought we'd provide a little instruction on how to use the Internet on a cruise without breaking the bank. Put another way, you can save a little shipboard credit for umbrella drinks. You might swear off touching the Internet on your cruise,...