Reading: For The True Lovers Of English Culture

Ever since we stepped in Reading, we could see hundreds and thousands of supporters donned in the blue jersey of Reading FC supporting and cheering for their team’s football match throughout. Although we had no idea about the club, the vibe was so contagious that we started feeling the happiness and excitement too. Reading is a small town but is rich with both culture and history. If you are looking to catch the local culture in the purest form and not mix it up with multicultural flavors, then a visit here is surely recommended. Let us have a look at some places which you must visit if you come here:

  • The Basildon Park, which was built in the 18th century, is a great parkland where you can walk around catch the sites of castles and buildings which are present there since a lot of eras. There are many exhibitions which are conducted by people all around the world. If you visit this place during the snowy season, make sure to plan beforehand, just like how we did, because some of the parts may be closed for maintenance and weather issues.
  • If you are coming as a family and are looking for a small picnic to the river to give you company, then the Beale Park is the place to go. This place overlooks the Thames River, the same one which flows through London and at the same time, you can catch an amazing and exotic collection of both flora and fauna.
  • Stanlake Park Wine Estate is another place which you will need to spend a day in relaxing and sipping wines from one of the finest places in England. Make sure to book a tour here before you visit.

A three-day visit to Reading is required if you need to cover up all the places.

Preston: This Small Place Is Worth Big Hearts

Preston is a small yet beautiful place to visit in the northern part of the UK. It has Root River flowing throughout the town. We stayed at Ye Horns Inn, which cost us around $96. They also had a microbrewery and a pub.

Places to visit

We started our visit with Eagle Bluff Environmental learning center. We had a pre-booked ski trail with them. Then we visited the National Trout Centre. We went to Harris Museum. We loved the works of John Giblin the most of all displays. While strolling in the town center, we headed to the Lancashire Infantry Museum.

As it was December, we were able to go to the Ribble steam railway. They also had a cafe on the premises. The entry price inclusive of unlimited train ride cost just $7 per adult and $4.5 for kids. The kids were served juice and biscuits while the rides, we were offered complimentary goodies, mince pies, and sherry.

We took a walking tour watching the historic buildings. We were marveling at the architecture of Historic Preston School Building, Historic Elevator, Preston Carnegie library, and 200 St. Paul. We had an evening stroll along the River Ribble. We visited the Church of St. Walburga. Haslam Park is a basic but lovely park.

We loved the sandwiches and salad at Pavillion cafe. Though you may come across it is as overpriced. Do try the freshly grilled food and Mediterranean cuisine in Jaffa. The Mystery Tea House serves a huge range of teas.

Our kids loved the planetarium show at the Space center and escape game at the Laser Quest Preston.

We had a bike sharing ride too, along Avenham and Miller Park. We did hiking at Preston Guild Wheel. The section from the Brockholes of the docks is amazing. You can also run, walk or do cycling there. Moor Park is a must visit.

Syracuse: This Is Best For A College Tour

We had a college tour to Syracuse a few weeks ago. We had the opportunity to experience the city’s wonderful nightlife, beautiful parks, shopping, wineries, and great food. We stayed at the Hotel Skyler which has an interesting history. It was a Jewish synagogue earlier and then a theatre.  Firstly we went to the Onondaga Historical Association Museum. It is a two-storeyed building whereby one can know of the history of Syracuse. It has permanent exhibitions of the remarkable people of Onondaga, its relation with Underground Railroads and its display of Syracuse China. Its admission is free.

Then we went to Destiny USA which is a huge shopping center along with facilities of dining and entertainment. It has more than 20 million visitors annually. It is spread over 4 floors and more than 200 retailers. Further, we went to Clark Reservation State Park. It is often referred to as the geologic wonder and a botanist’s paradise. It was named after the former New York State Governor – Myron H. Clark. It is a 377-acre park which features unique rock formations, having deep crevices, fern species and a glacial lake. One must wear durable shoes or sneakers as the place is very slippery.

We visited the Onondaga Lake Park. It is also referred to as the Central Park of the Central New York. It is located outside the city of Syracuse. It is a 75-mile park. Nearby is located the Salt Museum.

Later we went to Green Lakes State Park which is also outside the city. It has the beautiful natural glacial lakes whereby the two lakes have been named as Green Lake and Round Lake. It has a greenish blue hue due to the clear water and its depth. It also has a golf course.