In my last post, I wrote about a recent trip to England's Ribble Valley and promised to post more pics. Here they are. Most of these photographs were taken at the Chipping Show. Chipping is a Ribble Valley village that hosts an annual farming show for the locals to show off their stuff. The event was fun and incredibly photogenic.
My wife and I had the great pleasure of spending the past bank holiday weekend with some very good friends at their home in the Ribble Valley, a bucolic piece of gently lilting countryside in northwest England that (at least to my American expat eyes) is about as English as anywhere on this green island. In fact, at times the people and situations we encountered were so extraordinarily English that our hosts joked that they had called central casting before we came to arrange the “sets” for our visit.
And indeed, the “sets” often seemed perfectly arranged: folks in country casual ambling about with their dogs … flocks upon flocks of sheep grazing for our viewing pleasure … pub after pub (after pub) providing some of the finest ales (all local) that this writer has ever tasted.
Yes, we were in good hands when it came to our pub visits. Actually, one of our two hosts has dedicated an entire blog to the many pubs of the Ribble Valley. His blog, Ribble Valley Pubs, is a brilliant (and honest) resource for anyone ever fancying a proper pint in a proper pub in this lovely corner of Lancashire.
Ah, only a three hour train ride from London’s Euston Station but, in every sense, a world away. I already look forward to my next pastoral getaway to the Ribble Valley and, for once, hope that not too many people read one of my posts.
Recently, I've become a regular reader of South Pacific Travel Blog, "an island travel blog with news and views from the South Pacific," which is maintained by travel writer David Stanley. Below I reference his latest post about Air Tahiti dropping its thrice weekly JFK-Papeete direct flights.
New York Flights Threatened by David Stanley South Pacific Travel Blog Thursday August 17, 2006
A good part of the problem lies with American immigration regulations ...
Please Don’t Make Me Go on Vacation By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM Photograph by Kirk Condyles for The New York Times New York Times Published: August 10, 2006
A study released last year by the Families and Work Institute found that American workers have on average 16.6 paid vacation days but that more than one-third of employees (36 percent) did not plan to use their full vacation.