16 June 2006
Boats and Blossoms
You are now visiting a little bit of England. Friends in Cheshire were kind enough to provide room and board for all my rambles.
To the left are the magnificent Rhododendrons of the
Dorothy Clive Garden
One of the more delightful ways to travel at a reasonable cost are the narrow boats and canal system of England. The whole family can bed down for a weekend or a month simply moving from town to town through locks and scenery that must be seen to be believed. If you are interested in a truly unique vacation, this is the way to go Narrow Boats
Cheshire is delightful. Mow Kop may look like a ruin, but was built by the land owner to have a different view from his window. It is well worth the hill climb from the road both for the unique experience and the view of the valley below.
Macclesfield is a beautiful town with all the amenities of a city while resting beside one of those canals that the narrow boats travel. Be warned, everything in the old section of town is cobbled with very steep hills. If you don't like walking at a 45 degree angle, take a bus or cab. If you do visit, take the time to go through the Silk Museum for a unique look at Britains past as an importer of raw goods and exporter of finery.