22 July 2010

So close...

Today is Thursday.  In 5 days, 20 hours, 31 minutes and 52 seconds (47 seconds, 42 seconds, 37, 35, 32, 31, 27 seconds.  Well, you get the drift) my parents will be arriving at my house.  Yes people, my parents from Sunny California will be arriving at my place in Dreary England.  I get to see my folks for 11 whole days!  I'll get to show them around the area I live in and take them to London for a few days too!  I am sooooooooo excited.

Just slightly less wonderful than seeing my parents again for the first time since December, is the fact that I've got 8 days off work for the duration of their stay.  Finally, I am actually taking time off and I have never EVER needed it more than I do now.

Anyway, back to my parents' visit.  I've got a bunch of stuff planned, though I'm still in need of a bit of help.  I'll detail a bit below.  Here's what I've got:

Bath: I want to take my parents to Bath because it's, well, it's stunning.  The only thing is that there's loads of shopping there and we're not going to want to shop really.  We want to see the touristy stuff.  If anyone reading this knows any neat stuff to see in or around Bath, please let me know.  I know the city centre is really beautiful and you can pop into the Roman Baths for a peek, but that won't take a whole day and I need to fill it all up.

Dunster Castle and Lynmouth: I've got this one covered.  I love Dunster Village and the castle grounds.  There's a great little tea house by the old mill (which is still working!) with a cottage garden where you can have cream teas and a babbling brook runs right by it.  And Lynmouth is a short drive down the coast and a beautiful little seaside village practically cut into the cliffs.  Then we'll be driving back through the Moors which have some really nice views and an occasional sheep running across the road.

Cheddar and Wells: Another easy one.  Cheddar Gorge and the Cheese Factory for some fan-freaking-tastic cheese. Quaint little shops and pretty views in Cheddar.  Drive up to Wells through the Gorge and see the Cathedral there and see some more quaint shops and some really old, historical buildings.

Stonehenge: I'm not sure when we're popping this one in, but we've got a couple of extra days so we'll definitely have time to drive down there.  If anyone knows any cool places to stop between Weston super Mare and Stonehenge that are not Cheddar, Wells or Bath (since we're already stopping there) let me know.

Bristol: Next weekend is the Harbour Festival so I think we'll be going to that.  I also want to go up on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and take them for a drink at one of the restaurants up in Clifton that have a view of the whole city.  We might do 2 days in Bristol since the Harbour Festival is on the same day as the BBQ.

One of the days we're having a big family BBQ in the afternoon at Steve's parents' house.  Maybe we'll go to Stonehenge that morning.  We're also spending a day (a Sunday since nothing is open) wandering around some trails on the Quantock Hills since they're so pretty and I know my parents will appreciate a relaxing day before a week and a half of chaos.

Friday Aug 6 - Monday Aug 9 we'll be in London and there's too much to do there so we're all set with that (though if you know of anything cool going on there that weekend, please let me know!).

Anyway, if you've got any suggestions or know of anything going on in the area between July 28 - Aug 5, please let me know.  I'm always open to new suggestions!