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Southern England (and a bit of Wales) by car

With the help of our RS guidebook, we had a lovely two weeks in southern England last August. We stayed 2 nights at a RS-recommended B&B in Bath; drove through Wales' Wye Valley to Chipping Campden; 2 nights at a B&B there; 2 nights visiting friends in Torquay; 2 nights at a B&B in Brighton; 2 nights at a small hotel near Canterbury; and, finally, 2 nights at another B&B in Greenwich. We finished with a night at a Heathrow Hotel so that we could catch an early plane home. All of our B&Bs were lovely if not a bit small at times. They more than make up for the size with the rooms by the friendliness of the owners. Our trip was heavy on history with tons of castles, palaces, abbeys, cathedrals, and ruins. We were having so much fun it was difficult to slow ourselves down to take care of mundane chores such as laundry, but we managed somehow. And each night, we wrote a blog of our day's activities complete with a dozen or so photos. When we returned home, we put those into a bound book. The Wye Valley was probably the best part of the trip but every day was fun. Driving was a wonderful way to go and it helped greatly to have a navigation system. Aside from one or two mismanaged round-abouts, it couldn't have been better. When we were in the west (Bath, the Cotswolds, the Wye Valley, etc.) we used as much of the RS guidebook as we could.

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