September 15, 2013

England Holiday Day 1

On Wednesday, August 28, Sam and I arrived in the English Lake District, Cumbria, United Kingdom. Our flight from Orlando landed in Manchester, where we boarded a train to Penrith and finally to Keswick. Along the way we were greeted with glorious views of valleys and fells (as the low mountains are known), many dotted with grazing sheep.
After checking in at Howe Keld B&B, we strolled down a lovely path to this sunset view of Derwentwater, where we purchased tickets for a evening cruise on the lake. We waited with about 25 others (and one dog) to board at the Keswick Launch.
The night air was chilly as the sun began to set and the sky darkened with clouds. For 10 British pounds we enjoyed a glass of wine served with great good humor by our young local guide. The 50 minute cruise included entertaining commentary about Derwentwater, the third largest of the Cumbrian lakes.
After the cruise, we wandered among the sheep then returned to our room for warmer clothes. We walked into town for a late supper at a small restaurant called A Different Taste. Sam had a wild mushroom and leek soup and Cumberland sausage on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes.
I ordered Whitby Plaice Goujons with good hot chips and delicious fresh salad and, for dessert, unforgettable sticky toffee pudding! We wandered through Keswick's dark cobbled streets, past pubs filled with people and music, ending our marvelous first day in England.

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