Subject: Scotland and England Trip
Hello Ziners,

We traveled though the UK Nov 11-20th There were 6 ladies in our group. Ages 50-81 We stayed in various accommodations. Here is a short recount of our trip.

Arrived into Glasgow Airport and took a Taxi to the Marriott Hotel on Argyle St. We had delux rooms at a resonable rate and very comfortable beds. Breakfast was included in the rate. Our Blue badge guide for a walking tour was Jo Fletcher. Jo is very nice and quite good as a guide.

We took the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh and a taxi to our hotel the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The beds were not comfortable and breakfast was not include. The location is fantastic and the rate was more than in Glasgow but the Beds were Horrible a spring and 2inches of foam. We had a private guide Ian but he was not a blue badge but was assisiting one who was ill. We were able to see a great deal in a short amount of time with his assistance.

We picked up a van at the airport and drove through the borders to our next accommodations near Hadrians Wall. The Pheasant Inn a delightful Pub and Inn on the Kielder Water Stannersburn Falston Hexham in Northumberland UK.

The Food in the restuarant/pub was EXCELLENT and very reasonably priced. There were diners there who traveled down from Edinburgh just to eat and drive back home. We were only there one night but a quite night's stay it was. The beds were not comfortable and the heat was off and it got chilly towards morning but the heat came on at 7am in time to go to breakfast and then we had to leave.

>From Hexham to York were we stayed in two separate bed and breakfasts, 4 of us stayed at the Hazelwood House on Portland St. a large place that had lots of stairs to climb but placed us very near the city gate and only a 2min walk to the Minster.

Two of the other ladies stayed at the Arnot House that was located on Grovesnor Terrace though it was a bit further from the Minster it was not un walkable and the house was much nicer than the Hazelwood in that it was smaller and decor was much more homey and warm the bathroom was larger and had a tub and shower. Fewer stairs to climb and the breakfast was delightful. The resident manager was helpful in loading the suitcases up the stairs for the guests.

The Arnot was 55 GPB per night with tax breakfast and accommodations where as the Hazelwood (Rooms 12 and 16) was 75 GPB for the first night and 80 GPB the second night.

We turned in the car and took the train to London Kings Cross. Taxi to the Thistle Charring Cross Hotel Room 515 for a 100 GBP rate per night with VAT but no breakfast. Great Location and the price is low for that nice a hotel and location in London We were please. The beds were comfortable and the room was quiet.

While in London we split up to do our own thing I visited the V&A to see the Versace Collection and then the other collections. We did attend the Breath of Life with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith a 2 woman play that was very interesting about the paths of two women that had shared the affections of the same man.