I’m up early because I’m doing a Meet and Greet at Birmingham Airport this morning. I’ll be welcoming a group of 6 people from their flight, making sure that they have no problems, such as lost luggage, and then escorting them to their coach. I’ve already checked that the coach is there, so I’ve got time for a coffee while I wait for the flight to land.
After this I’ll be jumping in my car and heading into Birmingham city centre. I’ve been booked to meet a group from a conference in one of Birmingham’s hotels, and to give them a walking tour of the city, finishing at the restaurant where they will be having lunch.
I’ll grab a quick lunch myself, and then it’ll be back in my car and out to a primary school on the outskirts of the city. The Year 6 children there have been learning about their local area in geography and their teachers have booked me to do a coach tour of the city.
Then it will be back home so that I can pack my case ready for a multi-day tour with a group of German tourists. I will be meeting their coach from the ferry tomorrow and accompanying them for the next five days on a trip that will include Oxford, The Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon. The coach company has chosen me because of my fluent German.
Often this would be the end of my working day, but today is Friday which means that tonight I will be dressing up in a top hat and a long black cloak for a public ghost walk. It will start with a few ghost stories in a city centre coffee shop, and then continue with a 2 mile walk around the city with plenty of stops at haunted buildings, streets and graveyards along the way. We always finish at a haunted pub, where I’ll have another coffee to warm up – I’d love a pint of real ale but I’m driving – and then I’ll pick up a takeaway on the way home. I usually read or watch TV for a while to unwind before bed, but I don’t want too late a night. I shall need to be up early in the morning because it’s a long drive from Birmingham to Harwich.
This is a guest post from Jennifer, a regular reader of our blog. The Alhambra Court Hotel is a family run hotel situated in St Marys, just a few minutes walk from York town centre. The staff are very friendly and we had a warm welcome. There was ample car parking space for all the guests. The service was efficient and we had everything we needed. It was also very nice to see traditional black dress and crisp white cap and aprons worn by the restaurant staff. It was excellent value for money – we would certainly stay there again.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the Rutland area, we recommend the Barnsdale Lodge. In times gone by it was a farmhouse, and it still has all the style of an old-fashioned farmhouse, combined with all the comforts of a modern hotel.
All the bedrooms are en-suite and there is free broadband in every room. There is a spacious bar area, and the conservatory provides a relaxed setting for mealtimes.
Outside there is a charming central courtyard where you can sit with a coffee and a book or paper and enjoy the sound of the birds singing.
For tour planning, or to book a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, visit www.iabtours.com