Blog: August 2006

Weekend in Durham

Posted on August 23, 2006 by Holly Hayes
My friend from work back in Portland and her son came to visit us in Oxford. David took Friday off and we all spent Friday and Saturday nights in Durham, a city in northeast England city with a university, cathedral and castle. After much deliberation, we decided to drive (the train prices were horrifying and the car gives more flexibility). It was a long trip with some nasty traffic towards the start, so we all owe great thanks to David for all the driving! We headed out mid-morning, after our visitors checked out of their Oxford hotel and we brought their stuff back to our place...

Wonderful Whitby

Posted on August 23, 2006 by Holly Hayes
Sunday, on our way home from Durham - well, it was actually pretty far out of the way - we stopped at Whitby, a historic fishing village on the North Sea coast. The drive to get there was quite calm and beautiful, and took us through the North York Moors, a national park known for its rugged, heather-covered hills. The quaint building in the second photo below is of public toilets at a rest area along the highway! Whitby was great and a big hit with everyone...

Weald and Downland, Chichester and Winchester

Posted on August 14, 2006 by Holly Hayes
We hadn't done any local sightseeing for awhile, mainly because it has been so hot. But the weather has really turned and it is actually cold most of the time lately! Strange. So yesterday we decided to go on a driving day trip south of Oxford. The main motivation for the trip was the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, which is in the middle of the countryside not far from the coast...