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sailing and diving around the world
So, dropped off the yacht in Guernsey, and flew to Bristol to start the U.K. adventure. First stop was Bristol, where I stayed at the Premier Inn, Haymarket, for a few days. I rented a car, and drove 2000 miles, from Bristol, to Hamble, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Southport, back to Liverpool, then to the Lake District, then over to Lowestoft, to my Uncle Mick and Auntie Jen, and then finally to London.
It was tough sometimes, to see so much of my Canadian money simply disappear. The rental car was around £306/week ($500 CD). London underground, from Stratford to Westminister- £4.90 (7.99). Top up at the gas station- £29.10, @ £1.5/litre (47.42). Holiday Inn, London (Stratford) £100 (169). London Bridge Hotel (London)- £119 (195). Premier Inn, Bristol- £89 when Tom Jones was in town- £60 (97.80) when Tom Jones wasn't in town. (145)Dolby Hotel, Liverpool £60 for one night (97.80). Travelodge, Liverpool, one night £57 (92.91). Cedar Manor Hotel, Lake District- £243 (397). Crooklands Hotel, Lake District £74 ($121CN). To ride the London Eye- £30 (48.90). Tall coffee at Starbucks- £2.50 (4.07). Big Mac meal- £4.69 (7.46). Pint of beer in London- £5.19 (8.46). Meal for single person in an inexpensive restaurant- £24 (39.12). 8oz steak at JW Steakhouse in London- £39 ($64CD). Can of coke- £1.48 (2.41). Pack of cigarettes (Marlboros)- £11 (17.93) Yes, for those of you who smoke, you'll be paying $18 for a pack of smokes!!! To watch a movie in a cinema-£12.50 (20.37). Regular Cappuccino- £2.67 (4.35). Visit to the SS Great Britian, in Bristol (unlimited visits for a year)- £17 (27.71). Visit to the H.M.S. Victory, in Portsmouth- £18 ($29.34CD). Still going through my reciepts, so I'll be adding more comparisons for you guys, later.
So, first stop was Bristol. It was my first time in England, so my first focus was on this 'English Weather' that I had so often heard about. It seemed that the sun never came out and stayed out for long periods of time, like it typically does in N America, or other countries around the world where I have visited. There always seems to be constant cloud cover. But that didn't bother me at all. In fact, I prefer to not be beaten down by the sun all day long. What I did love was the fresh air. The are always felt fresh to the point where it actually makes you feel happy. I know it might sound silly, but I always felt happy walking along the streets, anywhere in England. Even in the more congested cities, the air was always fresh. Bristol is a fun city. Of course, for me, any city that is on the water is fun. I can't imagine living in a city where you don't have access to at least a river. Lots of pubs everywhere and lots of vape shops. Not sure if people in the U.K. are trying to kick the habit, en masse, but there seemed to more vape shops than pubs. I didn't visit a lot of places in Bristol, but I must have walked miles. St. Mary's Church is quite a sight, as is the Bristol Cathedral. In fact, I was lucky enough to show up at the Bristol Cathedral, just in time as the choir began a rehearsal. So I sat in a pew in that magnificent place and blissfully listened to the choir for a good half hour. Bristol is a lovely city to walk through, and pretty easy to navigate. The waterfront is always bustling with people. I visited the old ship, the SS Great Britain, and spent several days walking around exploring the waterfront.
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