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Vacation and fic update . . .

. . . not necessarily in that order.

My apologies to those who have been waiting for the conclusion of Lyonnesse.  I have not abandoned the story, but I am a bit stuck.  However, another story jumped out of a dark alleyway, pointed a blaster at my head and said, "Write me or else!".  It's the start of a new 'verse, based on my recent drabble Stranger, featuring Ten, Jack, and Rose.  It is somewhat darker than the Changes!verse, and is not (currently) an OT3 series.  I'm nearly up to 9000 words, and hope to have it done sometime next week.

Speaking of next week, on Friday the 17th, I will be boarding a plane bound for England.  Two weeks vacation!  I'll be visiting London, Bath, York, and Oxford.  On October 1 in Oxford, I'll be attending the opening concert of John Barrowman's new tour.  YES!!!!!

I have my B&B reservations, and I've got a list of the usual travel-guide destinations that I want to see, but I'm open to suggestions for little-known sights, favorite restaurants, and interesting stuff (Doctor Who-related a plus).  Please note that I will not have a car, and am traveling by rail and bus.

ETA: I am diabetic, and trying to eat with reasonable care.  Telling me about the best trifle south of Hadrina's Wall will only make me sigh.


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Sep. 10th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
I know it may well be too far to travel... but for all things Who / Torchwood related there's only one place: Cardiff or check this website out http://www.doctorwhoexhibitions.com/

Sep. 11th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
I would so love to visit Cardiff, but I just don't have the time for it this time around. I certainly have to come back and visit other parts of Britain.
Sep. 10th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Heh, it's like you're visiting my life - I grew up in York, went to uni in Oxford, and live in London. :)

The big touristy things are the Minster and the Jorvik Viking Centre, and don't miss either. But they've just redone the Yorkshire Museum and my parents tell me they've done a very nice job of it. The National Railway Museum is awesome, and free. Otherwise, you should walk around the city walls, and generally just wander round. Don't do the open-top bus tour, because all the nicest bits of York are only seeable on foot.

Places to eat and drink: the City Screen (Coneygate) is a nice independent cinema with a good little bar/cafe. Awesome chips and aoili. The city also has loads of great Italian restaurants, including La Piazza on Goodramgate and Le Langhe on Peasholme Green (I went to school with its owner!)


Am biased, but you must visit Christ Church. The most impressive college in Oxford, with the nicest hall and England's smallest cathedral. They make you pay to get in but it is worth it. The best museums are the Ashmolean (also recently redone, haven't visited it since but I'm told it's very impressive) and the bonkers Pitt Rivers. And you have to go to the Covered Market for a wander round. Some nice sandwich shops in there and also Ben's Cookies. Yum. Other foodie rec is G&D's. There are two branches, one on St Aldate's opposite ChCh and the other on Little Clarendon Street - both serve amazing home-made ice-cream and bagels. For pubs, Oxford has loads of nice pubs but my favourite has to be the Turf Tavern tucked away off Holywell Street.


Do the obvious stuff, it's obvious because it's good. (Eye, Westminster, Tate, National Gallery, yadda yadda ...) But try and get off the beaten track a bit too. Go for a wander through the Temple and Lincoln's Inn. Walk around the parks. If you're in town on a Thursday-Saturday go to Borough Market. Visit the Churchill War Rooms - for a start, you'll think you're on the set of "Daleks in London", and for a second it's one of the best museums in the city IMHO. The V&A is also superb. Get out to Greenwich if you have time for the Observatory and the Maritime Museum and views of the city. Or go the other way and catch a train out to Hampton Court, which is great fun, ridiculously beautiful and often has costumed people doing renactments of Tudor times.

Places to eat and drink: well, London's packed with them, but Chinatown is good. Near Leicester Square on Litchfield St there's a lovely Moroccan place called Souk which I recently discovered.

Happy to answer any questions!
Sep. 11th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Thank you for the many suggestions. I was in London for 4 days last year, and crammed in as many sights as possible. Many of them evoked Doctor Who for me, such as seeing the Eye from Westminster Bridge. I did visit the War Rooms, and "Victory of the Daleks" made me squee with the delight of recognition.

I have plans to visit Hampton Court and Greenwich. Top of my list is the V&A, because their medieval galleries weren't open when last I visited.

As for restaurants, I should perhaps mentioned that I am diabetic, so recommendations of the best places for ice cream, cream tea, or deep-fried Mars Bars will be met with wistful smiles. Tips on tasty vegetarian cuisine, or kebabs with salads would be welcome.
Sep. 13th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Well, I'd still recommend G&D's bagels even if you can't sample their ice-cream. And they do salads too.

In London there's a nice vegetarian cafe for lunches on Berwick Street in the heart of Soho - it's called Beatroot. They do boxes and you can choose from hot and cold selections every day. Near the V&A I'd recommend the creperie near South Ken station - loads of different options to put inside your crepes. I recommend ratatouille.
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