London, United Kingdom
Well, the car was essentially a zip car and the chauffeur an acting student (not quite the luxury experience promised), but we got to see the outside and inside of "downton abbey" and that was a treat. After the manor house, we had a 40 minute drive to lunch in a charming pottery/garden store and cafe, which was just down the road from. the town that serves as the Downton Abbey village (Brampton?). There we saw the church were Lady Mary and Matthew were wed, the Crawley home and exteriors for the pub, post office and fairgrounds. All as charming as could be.
The snorkeling tour took us to two places - one called the blue channel and one called the aquarium. Unfortunately, it was a gray-ish and chilly-ish day. The aquarium was nice but we got a bit bitten by sea lice and the water was cold. We were hesistent to have to go back in the water for the blue channel, but even though we were cold, it was amazing and definitely worth it. The guide from the port to the snorkel boat was great, full of information.
The beach was nice but the fact that we paid for a package deal was very limiting. Though all hard liquor drinks were included in the open bar, i was told I would have to pay for an iced coffee. Though a choice of 4 kinds of sandwiches were included in the lunch, guacamole and chips were not included and I had to pay for them. As to the snorkel, the guide took out 4 of us, 3 strong swimmers and one weaker swimmer. After 15 minutes, he said we had to come back because of the strong current. The 3 of us could have easily handled it. He simply apologized and told us that was all. He also told us it was his first day as he asked us for his tip. I felt cheated.
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