I’m certain there are least two dozen of you who have been wondering, “Hey didn’t you just go on a big vacation?” and “Where are the goddamn photos?”
Wonder no more: we got back from the Lake District a week ago. We spent 10 days hiking around the fells and dales and staying in hostels. A couple of days in London the way out. It was great. England is very pretty and frighteningly expensive. The photos are here.
Among my favorites:
A few amusing thoughts about England:
- The food was generally pretty mediocre, although not as bad as one might fear. Kudos to Martin & Esuk for taking us out for some really good Indian food in London — the cheapest and best meal of the trip, without doubt.
- Two other exceptions: I had some fantastic lamb at in Elterwater (surprisingly easy to enjoy, even after a day of wandering amongst the sheep) and I’m not sure we had a potato during the entire trip that was less than tasty. The British take their potatoes seriously.
- Britian has a lot of nice typography on their signage. Count me among the fans of Transport and Johnston. On a related note, this in-depth article from last week’s NYTimes Magazine about a new font for U.S. road signs is worth a read.
- Brits drive on the left. Curiously, though, they walk on the right. Go figure.
- I’m really sorry, but British beer doesn’t hold a candle to Northwest microbrews. It’s not the concept of room-temperature ale (twisted though it may be) — it’s just that the average beer I had just wasn’t that good. Bluebird Bitter, a local microbrew from Coniston, was the lone standout. We may not be Belgium yet, but we’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.