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This is NOT a comprehensive list by any means - since I am sitting in an internet cafe and will be flying outta here in a few hours.  But I thought it would be good to make a start.  As I have begun to chronicle my adventures I am realizing how much I was able to pack in to these last four years!  It really has been a great ride!

Bath - went to the spa and watched my daughter dissolve into ecstasy when she bit into a Sally Lunn Bun!
York - walked the ancient wall, went to evensong in the beautiful cathedral
Cambridge - did a walking tour and bought stuff at the historical outdoor market
Oxford - where it all began!  Mooted, mooted and mooted again.  Met A for the first time...and later, met [ profile] pearlette .  Tolkien's gravesite and the Radcliffe Camera, picked up cobblestones from the courtyard and found out how bad I am at punting.
Liverpool - great day trip!  All Beatles, all the time.
Isle of Wight - day trip, weekend and an "extended field trip" with 100 5th graders.  Hiked, ate, saw the rescued tigers and other animals, visited Queen Victoria's residence.
Cornwall - fantastic few days with Pearlette - hiked all around "The Lizard" - petted the ponies, sat in the hot tub, relaxed on the beach.
Cotswolds - stayed at a friend's B & B.  Visited a National Trust museum and a special farm for over 100 varieties of chicken!  Went to Stratford and saw an amazing production of "Julius Caesar."  
Portsmouth - Hung out by the sea, climbed the Spinnaker Tower.
Glasgow (and beyond) Took a bus trip up to the highlands and breathed the free air!
Wales near Cardiff.  Visited the ruined abbey and an ancient castle.
Iona - beautiful, remote island.  Spiritual and refreshing.
Norwich - didn't hear the bells of Julian, but had a lovely walk on the beach and climbed a tower with a great view!
Exmoor (and the Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway.)  Beautiful area - lots of sheep and lambs bounding about.
Edinburgh - worked as a volunteer for a week at the Fringe Festival - had a great time, and discovered the Best Scotch Whiskey EVER.
Lots of hikes just outside London - the lost village of Dode, the Goring Gap, the Thames path, Box Hill...

I'm sure there are more...and I never did get to the White Cliffs of Dover!  I'll have to come back!

Date: 2010-06-23 12:15 pm (UTC)
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Wow, what a spectacular list.

Date: 2010-06-23 12:36 pm (UTC)
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The Exmoor coast is one of my Places of The Heart - well, the whole stretch of North Devon actually, down through Barnstaple to Clovelly - nearly all that coast line is National Trust!

Date: 2010-06-23 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Cornwall was a blast! I am so glad I was able to take you down there, it's such a beautiful region!

And what fun we had on Iona - haha! You didn't mention the dreadful food at the Community.


But the island itself was magical. :)

I will miss you!!!!

Date: 2010-06-23 01:32 pm (UTC)
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I remember meeting you in Edinburgh when you were working at the Fringe. :) That was a great wee day - especially when we went to see The One Man LotR! Was the whisky you are talking about the one you had when we found that wee whisky bar on the Royal Mile?

I wish we had gotten the chance to meet up more. I have some very good memories of the times we did though. :)

Date: 2010-06-24 05:18 am (UTC)
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Wow, you really did pack in a lot while you were here - although I suspect that if I chronicled everywhere I have visited in the last four years I would surprise myself...
Goodbye Julie - I'll miss you on our occasional's been fantastic meeting up with you periodically while you have been resident here !! In retrospect, maybe we should have had a final Goodbye moot before you disappeared from these shores for good !!
I'm glad you have enjoyed your time here so thoroughly, and had the time and the inclination to go travelling around these islands, and Europe while you have been here - so many people go to a place and then stay there without venturing forth and exploring !!

Good luck for the future and keep in touch...

Date: 2010-06-24 11:16 pm (UTC)
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I'd like to remind you of Warwick Castle and particularly its trebuchet. :D
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