I just checked our tour documents, and saw that Roy Nicholls is the guide for our Villages of South England tour! Woo-hoo! Or as we say around here, Yee-haw! Roy led our Best of London tour last year, and may well be the best guide we have ever had. (Or tied for first with Jennifer Gouge.) We're counting the days! (Of course, I've been counting the days since January.)
We had Roy for our BofLondon tour also! You're right, he's wonderful! We are going on that tour in September. Hopefully, you will post a review of your trip when you're done. I'm really looking forward to exploring places in England I've never visited.
You can count on it!
We had Roy last May for the Best of England tour. He is wonderful. I looked at a map to figure out which day that we would be traveling on "curvy" roads and I chose that day to sit at the front of the bus. We had a blast swapping "funnies" while we drove down the road. Love his British humor!
Roy is a very good guide. Lucky you! I am taking this tour in August. I noticed that the tour itinerary is more fully fleshed out than the last time that I checked. I am strangely excited by the tour of a tin mine (maybe it is because I get to wear a hard hat). I am weird that way. Have a great time! I can't wait to read your trip report.
I was pleased to see the addition of the tin mine, as well. I recently read Daphne du Maurier's memoir ("Vanishing Cornwall", I think) about her time in Cornwall, and she goes into great detail about the mining communities, and how they lived under completely different social rules than other Cornish villages. I think Bill Bryson may also touch on the subject in "At Home", but I'm not sure. I've read so many different things lately - preparing not only for this trip but for our Best of London last year - that they're all beginning to run together in my increasingly cluttered mind.
I do recommend the du Maurier book, by the way. She spent much of her life, including childhood vacations, either living in or visiting Cornwall. Very thoughtful book.
I was told by my Best of England tour guide (Tom) as well as the bus driver (Ben) last Fall that they were all going on a run thru of the route via van in February. They were both looking forward to that! I'm guessing they were able to fill some more things in after that.
I want you all to have so much fun! I learned my lesson about tours filling and will book early next year!
Jane, thanks for the heads' up re the itinerary additions to this tour! We're not going until September but now I'm even more excited!
Andi, Kathy's the one who mentioned the tin mines.. (Thanks, Kathy!) And Pam, I've been wondering where you were...
I am just ridiculously excited about this trip.
Oh, well then, Thanks to Kathy. I wish there was a way see the entire thread when replying to a post! Or am I just missing something?
Jane -Thanks so much for the book recommendations. I will definitely read the DuMaurier book and Bill Bryson is a hoot!
Pam - Thanks so much for the wishes for a great trip and the added info about the test driving of the trip.
Andi - It is hard to follow who posted what!