Linking up with Ashley and Neely for the Sunday Social!
- What is the best trip you've ever been on?
Without hesitation in 1999 my two week trip to New York City. My favourite city, after London. It was the first time I'd ever taken a trip by myself... it didn't matter though, I had family and friends in New Jersey and upstate New York (who I visited on the weekends) as well as my Mum's room-mate from her time there in the 60s. I lunched regularly on pretzels in Central Park; I visited the Empire State Building and the World Trade Centre (the beginning of my love affair with sky-scrapers); I went to the Guggenheim, the Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum; I went to Wall Street, SoHo, Chinatown and 5th Avenue. I never took the subway or the Staten Island Ferry, I never went to Yankee Stadium (or Mets Stadium if it comes to that), I never went to Giants Stadium (my love affair with American sport was a couple of years in the future). I did have a Thanksgiving meal with my god-parents, I did see New England in the Fall with my distant cousins, I did stay in a genuine East-side walk-up. One day I'll go back... and pick up the bits I missed.
- What is your best idea for a girls weekend trip?
Country house, beautiful weather, a river, a spa. Brunch in the mornings, tea in the afternoons, cocktails before dinner. My mind is somewhere in the 1920s!
- What is your best idea for a couples trip?
For this couple a two centre holiday. Boston and New York; preferably when both baseball teams are at home; and if they could play each other even better. We're not beach type people, we like sightseeing and doing stuff.
- What is the best vacation on the cheap?
When the Channel Tunnel was new and shiny you could collect tokens in newspapers and take your car across and back for a few quid. I once took a road-trip all the way to Prague (not really that long after the fall of communism) and everything there was cheap (including the beer).
- What is the place you most want to visit?
Italy: Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Florence... I don't speak Italian; other than the smattering I learnt when I was studying signing and learnt a few arias (although I love the sound of the language) and I've spent so much time with Ezio in virtual Italy I'd love to see the real thing!
- What are your vacation necessities?
I can't travel light! Some sort of internet capable technology (bear in mind that I haven't left the country since 2007 so I'm not worried about data charges here); iron and hair-dryer. A huge bag of cosmetics I can't live without, a smaller bag of medicines I can't live without, bed-socks and if I'm without Rich a small model of R2-D2 to watch over me.