Current Pitstop: The Marriott Hotel in Durham. Current consternation: this hotel, part of an American chain, is the first one we’ve stayed in so far to not only offer no wifi in its rooms but also to have the audacity of charging 15 pounds to use its rather slow ethernet connection for 24 hours. Really? To think that everywhere we slept previously, no matter how small, had free wifi. Stay in small places folks.
So lots of road today, with a short stop in Ripon to see the cathedral and the famous Fountains Abbey site. We had an excellent meal (again) at The Royal Oak which brings me to the conclusion that this trip is turning out to be the best culinary experience I’ve had in a long time. Aside from two or three mediocre places (usually chains and two of them in Cardiff), we’ve had extraordinary food. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had such great meat. Yes, the Brits know their Meats! Perfectly cooked every time, tender like no other and fresh, organic, locally produced. There is a real national pride in serving fresh foods. I’ll admit desserts and vegetables are dodgy, but I’ve had my first Toffee Pudding with Banana sauce tonight and it was delicious!
Oh, and before I sign out: No, I didn’t alter the colors on today’s photo. The cathedral really looks that fiery as the sun sets. It’s a wonderful sight, but one that will have a hard time passing inspection at Istock.