Saturday, June 18, 2011

Back in Northumbria Again

American Airlines motto should be "Abandon hope all ye who enter here."  We were supposed to leave Kansas City at 1:15 p.m. and we finally took off a little after 2:00 p.m.  Because we expect this sort of thing with American, well any airline these days, we left plenty of time for a layover in Chicago when we booked our flight.  Some people literally ran down the aisle when we landed in order to make their flight connections.

We had an uneventful but loud flight to Manchester (and actually left on time!)  There were two toddler children in the aisles directly behind us, and one of them screamed nearly the entire way.  Thanks so much to the selfish mother who made the entire plane endure your screeching child's tantrums.

But at last, we arrived in Manchester and picked up our car and received a free upgrade.  We shared the driving and arrived at the Vallum Lodge on the Old Military Road at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday.
It is a lovely place and only about 100 yards from The Twice Brewed Inn - the local pub for the Vindolanda excavators. 

We had a nice meal and after a great night's sleep we visited Hexham today.  The number one spot on the itinerary was the Abbey, originally built in the 7th century and rebuilt again in the 12th century. 

Someone had the nerve to be getting married in the abbey so we had to wait for a couple of hours before we could visit.  But there is plenty to do in Hexham, such as shop at the big Tesco store for snacks and drinks.
And I always have to buy a book in the Waterstones bookstore.  Buying a book when one is on vacation is a tradition.  Sampling the various coffee houses is also a part of our vacation.  So a good time was had by all today and tonight it is back to "the Twicey" for dinner.

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