The Prodigal Tourist Returns blog because we have a common interest in drinking tea and traveling in England.
This book is part memoir and part travel book with many, many cups of tea. Like Denis and his wife Frances and daughter Kate, our family of three enjoys traveling in England and staying in self-catering cottages. Also, like the Lipman family, we drink a lot of tea in local tea rooms and search out pubs and quaint places for lunch and/or supper. This book brought back many memories of our travels and stays in cottages with low-beamed ceilings, narrow winding staircases, on farms,and in quaint villages throughout England. Our family has visited some of the same places he described, traveled along some of the same roads, and stayed in some of the same areas. We have met so many interesting locals with some of the same personality traits and mannerisms as Denis described.
The biggest difference in my experiences and those of Denis, is that we are Americans who enjoy wide travels around the countryside, and Denis is an Expat who reluctantly traveled around England because of the interest of his American wife, Frances. Also, Denis went back to England to visit elderly family members. A lot of my travels to England were a way to escape the daily chores of caregiving of my elderly family. I discovered through this book that elderly family members on "both sides of the pond" are very similar with their comments, complaints, and their joy of being with family, especially children.
This book was definitely a fun read for me! I reccommend it for Anglophiles, tea lovers and anyone who has traveled in England or hopes to travel in England. I ordered my copy for a very reasonable price from Amazon. You may also see details of how to purchase the book here.
Now, I'm going to the kitchen for a nice cuppa tea...
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