So Autumn / Fall is going to be just so exciting!
As you know, I’ve been hinting about where I’m going, and now I can reveal the details.
A couple of weeks ago, I was featured as one of the top 30 most inspiring expat bloggers in 2017!
And then not long after, I was featured as one of the top 100 Best Expat Blogs on the planet!
p.s. I’m number 43!
There’s simply no stopping me!
Isn’t that quite inspiring?
I’ve never been featured by other bloggers before, so it’s a real honour in my book.
Go have a look, and check out the other expat bloggers too.
Thanks so much!
Back to the British stuff!
You know the one.
Not industrial steel Manchester, but the leafy suburbs of Cheadle!
In fact, not far from my parent’s home is Abney Hall Park – the inspiration for country house life, and indeed, many of the scenes – of Agatha Christie!
What I’m trying to say is that even though I sound as if I come from the manicured landscapes of Surrey, I’m actually from the North of England!
And what was once the suburbs of Greater Manchester in Lancashire, is also part of the suburbs of Cheshire!
If you would like to know a little bit about England just follow the links below:
Let’s make a re-cap on where I’ve been to, in 2017 so far:
THE CZECH REPUBLIC:
I went skiing in January, but I didn’t actually write about it. Oops!
Here’s what I wrote previously…
Now that’s out of the way, let’s move forward.
I’ll be visiting Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire!
Cheshire is an Anglo-Saxon settlement first thought to have been created by King Edward (Edward the Elder) in AD920. The county is in the country (the country-side) and is mostly rural, with small towns and villages supporting the local agriculture and industry, and so we have horses not too far away!
I’ve written about it before, but it’s such a lovely place that I’m going to show you around a bit more!
The historic boundaries of Staffordshire cover much of what is now the metropolitan county of the West Midlands, parts of Derbyshire, and in the area now known as the Black Country.
The Black Country is a region of the West Midlands in England, and commonly refers to all or part of the four Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. It’s so-called, because during the Industrial Revolution, this part of the country became one of the most industrialised parts of Britain with coal mines, coking, iron foundries, glass factories, brickworks and steel mills producing a high level of air pollution, thus turning the air black!
Staffordshire has many small towns, and we’ll be going to the Northern part of it.
Manchester really needs no introduction, but if you insist…
In fact, where I grew up, is technically no longer known as Manchester, but Cheshire!
Throughout the Middle Ages, Manchester remained a manorial township, but began to expand around the turn of the 19th century, brought on by a boom in textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, bringing extreme wealth to Manchester, and making it the first industrialised city in the world!
Now even though I’m a Mancunian, I haven’t lived in Manchester since I went to university!
And that’s quite some time ago!
So we’re going to do some day-trips.
I’m planning to visit some cultural galleries and museums, check out the night life, drink cocktails on Canal Street – Manchester’s Gay Village – and chill out by the canals.
Blackpool is a seaside resort on the Lancashire coast of North West England.
Blackpool faces the Irish Sea between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, and is 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Preston, 27 miles (43 km) north of Liverpool, 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Bolton, 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manchester, and has a population of about 142,065 people!
Throughout the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, Blackpool was a coastal hamlet in Lancashire’s Hundred of Amounderness, and remained so until the mid-18th century when it became fashionable to travel to the coast in the summer, for a bit of seaside air and the attraction of a sandy beach!
Blackpool rose to prominence when a railway was built in the 1840’s connecting it to the industrialised regions of Northern England. By 1881, Blackpool was a booming resort complete with piers, fortune-tellers, public houses, trams, donkey rides, theatres, fish-and-chip shops, and was otherwise known as “the archetypal British seaside resort.”
Shifts in tastes, combined with opportunities for your ordinary Brit to travel abroad, affected Blackpool’s status as a leading resort in the late 20th century, and it fell to tacky, shabby decay.
In fact, I haven’t been there myself since I was twelve (12) years old, and found £5.00 in the sand!
I was enormously pleased I can tell you, so my brothers and I spent it all on Blackpool Rock!
However, lots of money has been ploughed into it, and quite frankly, Northerners haven’t been deterred by it’s less than reputable past. In fact, at one time, it was billed as England’s answer to Las Vegas!
Blackpool’s major attractions and landmarks these days include Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, Sandcastle Water Park, the Winter Gardens, its sandy beaches, and the UK’s only surviving first-generation tramway!
We’ll be out there to see what all the fuss is about!
The county contains part of the National Forest, and borders on Greater Manchester to the northwest, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the northeast, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the southeast, Staffordshire to the west and southwest and Cheshire to the west!
Kinder Scout, at 636 metres (2,087 ft), is the highest point in the county, whilst Trent Meadows, where the River Trent leaves Derbyshire, is its lowest point at 27 metres (89 ft). The River Derwent is the county’s longest river at 66 miles (106 km), and runs roughly north to south through the county, and Church Flatts Farm at Coton in the Elms (near Swadlincote), is the furthest point from the sea, in the whole of Great Britain!
Yorkshire, otherwise known as Yorks or the County of York, is a county in Northern England, and the largest in the UK!
Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire are areas which are widely considered to be among the greenest in England, due to the vast stretches of unspoilt countryside in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.
The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose, of the royal English House of York.
If you are versed in English history, you’d know well the Wars of the Roses between the two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster – a red rose – and the House of York – a white rose. If you enjoy watching British cultural dramas, you might recognise the name in the wonderful BBC TV series – The White Queen!
I have happy childhood memories of camping in the Yorkshire Dales, but this time we’re going to be visiting the lovely historical city of York!
Even though it might not always look like it, we are actually outdoorsy type of people!
One of the reasons that I chose Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire is not only because of nostalgic visions of my childhood, but also, because parts of it belong to the National Forest, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the North York Moors National Park, as well as the Peak District National Park!
We’re going to be getting ourselves dirty, wrapping ourselves warm, and breathing in fresh clean wholesome air!
Ha! Ha! Ha!
You won’t believe it, but I have never been to York!
It’s as bad as when I didn’t go to Switzerland, even though Switzerland is literally next door!
We’re going to be using the York Pass, going on a hop-on-hop off bus, visiting historical attractions like The Richard III & Henry VII Experience, York Minster, York Castle Museum, and possibly, squeezing in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway!
Since we’ll have a teenager in tow – we’re also going to be spending some time at the York Dungeon, the JORVIK Viking Centre, York’s Chocolate Story, and an interactive horror history experience organised by the York Theatre Royal!
We’re going to have a wonderful time!
This article isn’t sponsored, and even though I’m working in partnership with Visit York, absolutely all opinions, and the delicious Yorkshire puddings that I’m certain to have, are my very own!
I have so much to share with you.
In the Autumn, I’ll be visiting the UK and travelling around the areas of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire!
October & November is going to be smashing.
Watch this space!
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