Road Trip Day
Nottingham Travel Blog› entry 5 of 28 › view all entries
October 18th, 2007 – by: TravelerTom
Woodstock is a nice little two street town with lots of shops. Being right next to Blenheim Palace was our reason for choosing it, but it's also close to Oxford so people stay there and go into Oxford on business.
We successfully got money out of the ATM, and it turns out the exchange rate was much better than we got at the nearby bank. $2.05 per GBP versus $2.20 per GBP at the bank. ATMs for us now that we know they work with both our regular bank card and Linda's debit card hooked to her craft business.
Our first destination was the city of Nottingham. Linda found a bead shop there online, so we went to visit them. Nottingham is not a sleepy little hamlet anymore. It's a busy metropolis with lots of one way streets and pedestrian zones. We drove right thru one of those zones at 2 mph, as the place was jammed with college age kids out and about. After finding what looked like a perfect parking spot we headed off to the bead store about 5 blocks away.
The power outlets in the car all gave out on us, and my laptop battery was down to 40%. The owner of the bead store was nice enough to let me plug in my laptop while Linda shopped. Linda found some charms and some Indian glass beads, and some fish beads from Greece.
Upon returning to our car we found that we had been visited by Robin Hood.
About 30 miles north of Nottingham we stopped at a manor house (Hardwick Hall) built in the 1500s by a contemporary of Queen Elizabeth I. The house was very medieval inside with huge tapestries on every wall, almost like wallpaper. There was very little furniture and almost no other artwork. There was an older building on the property that was in ruins. We toured that building using audio devices that we held to our ears to hear the history of the place.
We got back on the road and drove on to York at about 4:30. With the laptop battery running low we missed a turn coming into the city and ended up driving right thru the heart of downtown York.
We found our B&B and checked in at 6pm, just as the sun was going down.
More about York in my next entry.
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