Category Archives: Before We Left

About the Rest of the Blog

From here on, the blog is going to be about the trip itself. Each day will be presented in at least four separate posts. The first post for each day will consist of pictures taken on the trip, with a … Continue reading

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What Michael Packed

Minay has just given you a good rundown of the items she packed in her suitcase, and I’m about to cover mine. Before I do, though, I should point out that her suitcase is considerably smaller than mine. Hers is … Continue reading

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What Minay Packed

Let me talk here about packing for a twenty-three day trip where we will constantly be on the move and have no real idea what the weather will be like. I am usually a belt and suspenders girl (I like … Continue reading

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To Tour or Not to Tour: Part Two

The information we discovered after analyzing several tour brochures formed the basis for why we decided to go it alone. This one takes a look at a longer tour, fifteen days (which is about a week short of our trip), … Continue reading

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To Tour or Not to Tour: Part One

We’re going to take a step back here to explain why we didn’t just sign up with a tour company and let them do all the driving. Early on in the decision-making process, I compared what tour companies could offer … Continue reading

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Last Purchases Before the Trip

We were operating under the delusion that we would have five whole days in London, so some decisions were based on that. Actually, we later realized we would be there for five nights, but we really only had the potential … Continue reading

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How Much is This Costing Us?

It was now March 10, 2010. We were still two months away from leaving, and we had already spent $2,125. After reserving the rooms in London and Bath, we made a decision to purchase English Heritage Overseas Visitor Passes. The … Continue reading

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Finding Lodging in London

In London, I had located over forty promising possibilities, most of them hotels, and most more expensive than we were wanting to pay (most were between £130 and £250 per night — $198 to $380). Aside from sleeping, we weren’t … Continue reading

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Finding Lodging in Bath

Note: All of the prices in this post have been rounded to the nearest pound or dollar. I assumed you didn’t need to know the extra cents (BrE – pence), and it was easier to calculate. Calculations were done at … Continue reading

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Planes and Trains and Cars, Oh My!

It was mid-February, and we were now beginning to spend money. The first big expenditure was airfare ($1,700 for the two of us). We had already bought some books by that time, and had our passport photos taken, but all … Continue reading

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