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Okay, so first there was glamping. Or glamorous camping. Now there’s champing – the concept of camping in a church. Go figure.
According to Apartment Therapy, churches across England are offering beds to rent for the 2015 camping season. Rates start at £60 per person per night, including breakfast. Consider it the most sanctimonious of Airbnb-esque situations.
The Churches Conservation Trust lists three champing locations:
Church of St Cyriac and St Julitta at Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire
All Saints’ Church in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire
Church of St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich, Kent
I’m all for firsthand historic experiences, and yes, Britain has splendid old churches in spades. Still the idea of shacking up with God for the night is a bit unsettling. At the end of the day, I’d much rather have amenities. Religion doesn’t help me sleep at night.
Read the entire article on Apartment Therapy here.
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We’ve decided to make it our life’s work to unearth pockets of hip in cities that are not necessarily known to be hip. Bath is a prime example of this. Before we went, we knew it had Roman ruins, quaint houses and medieval churches. What we did not expect to find was plenty of stylin’ boutique hotels, a modern thermal spa and, of all things, one of the top-ten fashion museums on the planet, as gauged by CNN.
The Bath Fashion Museum displays both regular collections and special rotating exhibitions pulled the museum's archives and other sources. Below is a run-down of what you'll find until January 2016.
Georgians – Dress for Polite Society, appropriate since much of Bath was built during this 18th-century time period, is a collection of clothes that run the gamut from very, very full-hipped frocks to modern interpretations of the Georgian era by names like Vivienne Westwood (in the form of a bodacious purple gown) and Alexander McQueen.
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We’re open to a debate about this, but we think most people trek to Bath to see the (admittedly impressive) Roman Baths. But if you’re one who prefers to take the waters instead of merely see the waters, Thermae Bath Spa might be for you.
The Spa is actually not one big building but a combination of five restored buildings and one new build that uses the façade of a listed townhouse clad in Bath stone. This main building – the newbie – is the New Royal Bath and it is all glass and LED lighting, full of curves and cubes that complement the architecture of the original buildings. This is the spot where you’ll primarily check in, change, soak and sweat. There’s also a laid-back café here.
New Royal Bath Minerva Pool
After you’ve changed and psyched yourself up to be seen in public roaming around in a bathing suit, you have a decision to face: Do you head first to the Minerva Pool – a large temperate-temperature swimming pool with whirlpools and a lazy river feature; the four kitted-out Aroma Steam Rooms in varying degrees of degrees and with a huge fiber-optic-lit rainfall shower that mists and then storms; or the open-air Rooftop Pool (pictured at page top) that looks out over Bath whether it’s day or dusk? Tough call.
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It seems airlines and cruises continually compete for the coolest safety videos. Air New Zealand created a hobbit-themed epic, even going so far as convincing Elijah Wood to recreate his role.
But British cruiser Condor Ferries, who operate between mainland England, France and the Channel Islands, has gone a different route with a two-and-a-half-minute cringe-worthy rap, complete with British-accented gangsterisms.
Set to the tune of Sugarhill Gang’s "Rapper’s Delight," the video stars three "staffers" from the ferry firm, with the trio showcasing their hip-hop candor while busting dance moves only ever used by that weird uncle at family weddings.
The safety video quickly sets the tone—deafly—in the first line, “I’m the C-A-P-T to the A-I-N”—because we weren’t sure how to spell captain. From there, the instructions only get
sexist better with the captain, later, urging, “now, ladies, hey ladies, sharp objects can’t go on our slides, so leave those heels behind,” and the safety inspector female telling passengers not to “act the fool” in her delightfully posh accent.
Man boards train. Man gets bathroom urge. Man races to train bathroom to relieve self… Man realizes there’s no toilet paper.
Such was the predicament of 16-year-old Adam Greenwood who was making the long haul from London Euston to Glasgow on Virgin Trains last month.
But instead of flushing himself down the toilet in shame, as the rest of us would, being a millennial he tweeted his situation to the company.
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Ullswater in the Lake District
As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.
I’m UK-based, and though I love traveling further afield, I never fail to be overwhelmed when I come back to Europe. So as much as I want to go to other places next year (Taiwan! Dallas! Detroit!), I’ll stick closer to home for this list:
1: Salamanca. I never traveled to Spain when I was younger because I studied Italian and spend all my Med time there. Over the past couple of years I’ve been visiting and realizing how much I’ve missed out on. This year I have promised myself to make it to Salamanca, which I’ve been obsessed with the idea of visiting since watching Denzel Washington in Vantage Point, way back in 2008. Loads of frilly old buildings and a vast university mean two of my holiday musts – architecture and cocktails – should be well catered for.
We usually turn our attention towards New Mexico when it comes to space travel and space tourism, as that’s where Virgin Galactic has been preparing and planning for the last few years. However, there’s another spot to add to your space race map; the United Kingdom have their own sky-high dreams and they're focusing them on Scotland.
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Earthwatch.org is giving would-be anthropologists a chance to unearth the Roman Empire in an unlikely location.
More than 2,000 years ago the Roman Empire stretched to northern England and one of its busiest forts in that area, the Arbeia, still stands today.
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando may be working on building a full-scale Hogwarts Express train, but little do they know one already exists.
Over in the UK, the famously opulent Orient-Express "Northern Belle" train attempts to recreate the Hogwarts Express experience on special kid-friendly departures that include more than just a choo-choo ride; the train actually transports its passengers to and from Hogwarts or, well, the Harry Potter Studio Tour experience outside London, where the movies were filmed.
Curious to see what exactly goes down in the Studio Tour? What a coincidence! We recently visited it ourselves.
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This summer hasn't even officially begun and we're already looking forward to a European trip in 2014, thanks to the opening of the newest and flashiest new airport: Heathrow's Terminal 2. Besides the fresh new airport smell, the building will walk through the halls of The Queen's Terminal, the official name of the modern building.
The countdown is officially on for The Queen's Terminal as we are just under 12 months until the ribbon cutting, with the first passengers arriving on a United flight June 4, 2014. The terminal will hearken back to the airport's history; Queen Elizabeth opened the original building in 1955, just 3 years after she took the throne. Since then, that structure was demolished to make way for a sustainable airport that will grow with the amount of tourists planning to head to the UK and transit through the mega-hub.
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Forgive the obvious train headline pun.
You wake up and inevitably roll over to check your phone. Emails, Twitter replies (none), and finally Facebook. Based on what you see there, you're going to have your first instinct on calling it a good day or a bad day.
Well, my friends, today's already one of those bad days as the first bit of news we caught was the end of Britain's Virgin Trains. You can read all the details behind the line's impending closure at BusinessWeek, but essentially Virgin Trains rebid to continue running their services on the privatized west coast lineslines they've been running for 15 years at currently 30 million passengers per yearand LOST.
Virgin will continue running until December, when the switch will take place to see Virgin out and UK rail company FirstGroup in. This means the end of slick, red-painted tilting Virgin Pendolinos on routes including London to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, and Liverpool (our favorite).
"It takes how long from London?!" is the usual response we get when suggesting that our friends visit Cornwall, Britain's most southwesterly county.
Stuck out into the Atlantic as it is, it's either an hour's flight from Gatwick to Newquay, a five hour day train, or our favorite: the overnight sleeper train that lets you save a night's hotel costs while being rocked to sleep by the clickety-clack of the rails.
Go to bed in London...and wake up on the Cornish Riviera, Britain's version of the Côte d'Azur, with sea, surf, sand andif you're lucky, because it's still the UK, sun.