I'm back in Minneapolis from my travels, so it is a priority to plan future travels.
Today I booked an entire English castle for 2016. It's just a little castle, actually a gatehouse, it's only for a week, and it costs about the same as two hotel rooms.
I want to introduce my nephews and their parents to the area I grew up in Northeastern England. Morpeth Castle is a good base. It dates from about 1350, and it has a parapet where an almost-9-year-old and an almost-8-year-old can imagine pouring boiling oil on invading forces.
I found myself putting together a document about the trip, including the following mundane details:
My experience is: if you take care of the mundane details, chances are the journey will be good.
Note: I took the photograph at the top of this post in 2012. Here's more photos from that reconnoiter visit.