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Tours England
  • "...thank you for such a splendid day in the Cotswolds"
    A.F. - Utah
  • "Thank you for a fabulous tour - you are a brilliant guide - we love you !"
    B & N - Tennessee
  • "... a thousand thanks for showing us around in your wonderful and beautiful country!"
    JL - Flanders, Belgium
  • "... the Cotswold villages and the vistas were spectacular. The pub lunch was delicious and the atmosphere one of a kind"
    N & B A - California
  • "WOW!!! What a way for a Yank to see France!!! Having one of our old Allies the Brits showing the way!!!"
    WC & PC - Alabama
  • "... thank you for the wonderful tour I had with my father to Normandy and Paris!"
    JC - Florida
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    C &C - Georgia
  • "... a rather seredipitous click on Google that let me to you and I will forever be grateful for that. What a font of knowledge you are! "
    SM - Philipines
  • "We just want to thank you again for making our vacation so special. We had a great time. Absolutely wonderful! Happy memories!"
    Mike & Jane McCool, Front Royal, VA
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    J & A - New York
  • "You put so much heart into what you do..."
    BE, China

Rob Little’s Blog – musings of an English / British Tour Guide where I not only vent about things that “get my goat” but, also, publish lovely photos and eccentric stories about “this Sceptered Isle”!

Cheltenham is a beautiful town on the edge of The Cotswolds, full of parks…..!
Friday, 30th October 2020

The Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham

Cheltenham is a town in Gloucestershire, England, home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival, 4 days of horse jump racing culminating in the Gold Cup, held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse.

It’s also known for its Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, a remnant of Cheltenham’s past as a spa town.

Cheltenham is rather a grand place and is full of parks !

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Cheltenham

Cheltenham

Cheltenham

They still have Gas Lamps in Malvern…..
Thursday, 29th October 2020

Malvern is a nice little town, on a hill, in the county of Worcestershire (nobody can prounouce it!!) between Gloucester and Birmingham!

Its true – the centre of Malbern still has gas street lamps !

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

The Cruel Sea – Hartland Quay where the Atlantic Ocean encounters the coast of Devonshire…..
Wednesday, 28th October 2020

Welcome to Hartland Quay – a little bay on a promontory of land overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in North Devon.

Hartland Quay is a place I have visited many times but always, in the past, the tide has been out. When I heard there was a storm coming through at around midday on last Saturday – 24th October 2020 – it was all the excuse I needed to “see how long it would take to get there from home” – answer = nearly 3 hours!!

This visit to Hartland Quay did not bring the beautiful weather we had last time I was there, with Customers in October 2018; but the high tide and waves made it all the more interesting.

The cliffs at Hartland Quay in North Devon display a spectacularly folded sequence of alternating sediments – grey shales and sandstones known as the “Crackington Formation” that was uplifted by the earth’s continental plates colliding approximately 320 million years ago!

For those that are interested, this is a wonderful place to visit and an easy diversion on a day trip from anywhere in Devon or Cornwall – maybe combining a trip to the village of Clovelly in Devon and nearby Crackington Haven in Cornwall?

I appreciate this is just 11 minutes of crashing waves and not all will be interested but the ocean and the geology is of great interest to ME !!! In another life I would have studied geology…..perhaps in my dotage I still will !!!

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[Music from the movie, “The Cruel Sea“]

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

The Brits have reclaimed Stratford-upon-Avon…..👏
Tuesday, 27th October 2020

Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s grave is here

The River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon

Ann Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon


So I decided to venture into Stratford-upon-Avon having not been there for a year now. Normally I would be in the town maybe 10 times in a season but not this year!

It was the school “half term” vacation so Stratford was a bit busier than I imagine it has been since the summer – parking was still impossible and I WILL NOT PAY!! But it was gratifying to see people about, families…..but not a Chinese person in sight….no Asians, no “loud shirts” or baseball caps from across the pond…..just unfashionably dressed Brits. Made a change.

Stratford is a busy place at most times of the year in normal “non covid” times. I do recommend that, unless you are genuinely interested in Shakespeare and are maybe attending a play at the theatre, that you give it a miss…..

But it is a nice English town with some pretty architecture and the river is atmospheric. But I can show you better, less crowded places than Stratford.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Colourful Cotswolds…..
Monday, 26th October 2020

TODAY…..26th October

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

The 60 minutes debacle – THE most light weight, pathetic suite of interviews – TRUMP, PENCE, BIDEN and HARRIS – I have EVER seen in my life…..!!

…..tell you what they are SO lucky they were not interviewed by a British journalist….

As a former recruitment specialist I have given tougher interviews to college graduates seeking their first job.

But Trump walked out….couldn’t stand the pressure…..of being “savaged” by an ultra polite 80 year old lady.

Harris probably had the toughest exchange but my 4 year old granddaughter could have asked more combative questions.

Incredible…..

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

My Sunday Morning Constitutional…..🤪
Sunday, 25th October 2020

My walk out today, the morning after the clocks went back !!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

The English Autumn, particularly in the south, can come late…..
Friday, 23rd October 2020

The English Autumn can some late…..

Some photos…..mostly of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Parole cancelled at the Care Home…..
Thursday, 22nd October 2020

Panic stations…..all visits to aged relatives in Care Homes has been cancelled.

Mother’s incarceration and wait on “death row” has resumed…..

Very sad for all concerned but especially Mother.

Question: How can it be that meeting Mother outside, 2m distanced, no touching….how can this possibly be a threat to the residents? While, at the same time, the staff come and go, are able to socialise in their homes, visit the supermarket, visit the pub and restaurants and then go to work in the Care Home. The staff are wonderful – most of them – but, frankly this strikes me as curious….even bizarre.

We had a wonderful meeting with mum on Tuesday. Can you imagine how she is going to feel at the prospect of being locked down until Spring, at least? At 92 she will understand she may never touch her family again.

Rob Little
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Had the pleasure of picking up my four year old granddaughter from school this afternoon…..

…..felt very out of place

😳

I must of been the only person there without ripped jeans

🤪

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !