I am a British Citizen who spent his first 30+ years at home, now living on the coast in Southern California. I have traveled extensively in Europe and the US for business and pleasure and enjoy creating an 'authentic' experience for myself.
I have talked movies with the locals in a remote Polish village, visited the home of Semtex, been chased by dogs on a Greek farm and chatted with Abraham Lincoln in front of Mt. Rushmore.
I like good food and smooth travel, but can't always guarantee I will get both. These days I have two young sons who make journeys even more interesting........
For the Cheddar part of your trip you will need a car. For the Ireland leg likely you will need a car. It isn't a big drive across Ireland, and the roads are generally quiet. Schedule in lots of map checking stops. BUT you could also look a deals from Aer Lingus, Ryanair... See More
Hammond's beach, which is near Montecito. Small, compact, quiet, you have to walk to it via a beach path. Its off of San Ysidro Rd, before you get into Santa Barbara (from the South). Hammonds Beach. See More
I'm flying into Geneva in mid June, and would like to wake up next day with a lake view somewhere on the rail journey between Geneva and Montreux (or in either city). Any suggestions for a suprisingly affordable gem with a decent view/nice overall experience? ... See More
Trainline has an app and is a very useful resource. The further ahead you book, generally the cheaper the price. Look into tourist passes like Railcards. Also, travelling outside of peak brings the price down dramatically. I never used http://uk.megabus.com/ - it seems... See More
Unusual alternative? Not so much floral as pharmaceutical, Chelsea Physic Garden has a huge collection of medicinal, edible and useful plants and is right on the Thames River. http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/ See More
Montmartre Paris 75018 Montmartre is in the 18th district and is the 'bohemian' area. It is busy, lively and a fun place to be.The Metro stops at Place Pigalle, which I recall is very artsy. There are several small... See More
Best Western Premier Hotel Opéra Opal is compact, modern and very clean. We paid just over $200 US per night. It is in a quiet street but right in the heart of Paris. There's a great boulangerie 2 doors down serving sandwiches and fresh... See More
See my other answer . Re taxes: that is the reason for the lower price. I flew with them and they were great - decent planes etc. Also, you can clear us customs in dublin for your convenience. See More
Edinburgh Castle is great for all ages - you can see all of the old military stuff, try on highland fashions from the William Wallace era - will get the kids really excited. Just outside of Edinburgh is a hotel called Carberry Tower ,... See More