Some observations from October 2019:
We took the last BoE tour in October 2019 with Mark Seymour guiding.
We were fortunate to make it to Pen-Y-Pass in Wales as the previous tour was unable due to weather/road conditions. We arrived 3 days in advance to visit Stonehenge, etc. and stayed 8 days afterwards in London to see the William Blake retrospective and the DaVinci drawings in the Queen's Gallery, among other things. The most unusual activity was meeting up with some of our friends at the Extinction Rebellion in Trafalgar Square which was the definition of peaceful protest and coalition.
We were surprised by the amount of green and the number of flowers to still be found over much of England and Wales. There's much less green and color in Michigan at that time of the year. It was surprisingly misty and drizzly much of time in nearly every location with the sun surprising us at opportune times. We enjoyed seeing "Hamilton" in London at the Victoria Palace Theatre and spent the last beautiful sunny day taking photos of ourselves at the top of the Eye.
I still remember a friendly conversation with a man in Keswick who was walking his unique Bedlington Terriers. I loved the dog friendly town.
We were very happy and rather surprised with almost all of the food we found during our time there. The Daquise Polish restaurant in London near the V&A Museum was really appreciated by my Czech husband.
Be prepared for cold super strong winds at Castlerigg Stone Circle and Stonehenge
Things we didn't like:
Problems with the Sheep on Sheep Street Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold - First, our toilet seat was barely attached and fell off early in the evening. Then the first morning we could not obtain hot water in the shower and could not locate anyone to help. It turned out that they had an electronic booster that had been inadvertently turned off. I found a strange switch along a floorboard that was in an odd location. Voila! Still.....it was a weird morning and we missed breakfast and held the group up a few minutes...... Mark Seymour was sufficiently disappointed to hear about the problems that he discussed them immediately with their staff. Somehow we obtained the best room at the next hotel (Castle Hotel Wales in Convy) where we had the extension bay window room over the main entrance. That was rather nice and I'm sure that was Mark's intervention.
By the time we reached Keswick one lady caught a cold that swiftly infected more than 6 people. Some were still coughing during the farewell dinner.
"...and then the world ended..." as my doctor says