I wrote in my last post that I hope to go to England next summer. Since this plan was hatched three weeks ago, I’ve been devouring books on the subject. The first was Susan Allen Toth’s My Love Affair with England. Unfortunately the book dealt too much with her difficult marriage, problem students and her daughter’s very bad foreign exchange experience. Happily, her second book, England as You Like It, had more information about how to actually plan a trip to England.
I appreciate Toth’s habit of heading off the beaten track, as well as her practice of balancing comfort with frugality. Her suggestions are, “always seasoned by experience and caution, with a substantial dash of adventure and a huge dollop of curiosity.” (p. 4)
Her best traveling tip is to spend a week in one area (no bigger than a thumbprint on the map) while exploring its museums, beaches, gardens, churches, shops, etc. This relaxed type of trip has more appeal to me than one where you try to hit as many cities as possible within a short stay.
The final book I read was Philip Crowl’s The Intelligent Traveller's Guide to Historic Britain. All entries in this book are very brief. It will be useful once we decide on a location since it covers the main places to see in each county.
“From private gardens to quirky museums, woodland walks to seaside resorts, all of Great Britain is a treasure-house for the thoughtful and observant tourist.” (Toth, p. 51)
I’d love any suggestions for other books to read or places to visit.