Photographer's Note

We had recently few weeks of a great weather in England with temperatures quite often reaching even 26 degrees. I have heard there was no summer like this since 17th century here. It is back to normal now but obviously I tried to make a good use of this weather and visited numerous beautiful places. One of them was Lake District. Although Lake District is said to be one the most beautiful places in England I have quite struggled to plan my trip there. Lonely Planet, very useful in the past, tries to be so original that it often focuses on lesser known places so sometimes I wonder if in the new edition of Paris they will still mention Eiffel Tower or not. Their photos are good illustration: they show some people in the park, glasses full of wine, pictures one can take anywhere. DK guidebooks are my favourite recently but they are great for cities and culture, usually poorly presenting nature. AA guidebook dedicated to this region mentions all towns in the Lake District regardless if they are worth visiting or not. It gives “useful” info like: sixth wife of Henry VIII was born here, etc. When searching for photos in internet you are getting photos from Lake District in Argentina or other countries.
In the same week which I picked for the visit to Lake District this national park was also visited by British Queen. I bet she had a similar problem which guidebook to follow. I remember when she visited Dublin, they have demolished part of the Dublin Castle to build an elevator for her. Because I do attempt to travel with a little baby it would have been a good idea to follow the footsteps of the queen who obviously requires an easy access. I realized that too late but I checked the schedule of queen’s visit afterwards and it seems that we followed roughly the same route: among others we did same boat tour on Windermere (lake). That was quite a pleasant experience, however we enjoyed more the boat tour on Ullswater (lake) which in my opinion is much more beautiful and which the queen didn't do (this is the tip for the future in case Her Majesty reads this). Now my wife told me that NOBODY will read to the end of this note...

This picture was taken from the boat during a tour on Ullswater (lake).

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7419 W: 106 N: 19478] (74577)
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