London -- The Cotswolds -- Paris
May 15-29, 2005
I booked this trip as a solo eight months out. Marian decided to join me for the first week, with Shirley joining me for the second week. Overall, it was a great trip. When it came time to depart each destination, I did not want to leave.
The weather: It was unusually cold for mid-May. Our first full day saw a low of 39 and a high of 52 degrees -- brrrrrr. For us California gals, this was like the dead of winter. It warmed up a bit during the week, and we experienced bits of sun, bits of clouds and bits of rain, all rotating throughout the day. There is an expression, "If you don't like the weather in London, wait a minute," or something to that affect. And that is exactly the way it was. We listened to the weather report each morning and it is clear that they really haven't a clue, so just be prepared for whatever happens. Fortunately, we had a couple of days that were pleasantly cool and wonderful for sightseeing.
We spent six nights at the Renaissance Chauncery Court (near the Holborn Tube) on Marriott points. I can't say enough good things about this hotel. Our room was huge by London standards. It was wonderfully quiet -- we didn't hear a sound from outside, from other rooms, or from the corridor. The room had two queen-size beds along with adequate closet and drawer space. The bathroom was also large with plenty of counter space, separate tub/shower stall, and bathrobes. (Note, 2014: this hotel is no longer with the Marriott chain.)
Marian and Diane at the Chauncery Court Hotel