How about the Isle of Man?
I've really got to speed up these posts--I've been home for 2 weeks now.
Like everywhere else, the Isle of Man was totally charming. AND they have great shopping. If you ignore the exchange rate and pretend that the dollar is worth more than virtually nothing, you'll have a wonderful time. I know I did!
First stop was a totally touristy one. This is the biggest water wheel in the world (I think). It was quite a hike up to the top, I can tell you that. But I preferred spotting the foxgloves that grow wild pretty much everywhere...
admiring the sheep...
and my favorite part was the lovely walk back to the bus.
Hey, Pam! You need a set up like this for Binnie.
Finally got inside a Marks & Spencer. Our tour guide said he really doesn't understand the American fascination with the store, and after shopping there, I'd have to agree. It's kinda like a JC Penney, don't you think? I did get a cute bowl that I'll be turning into a pot for some ivy (once I gather the courage to drill a hole in the bottom) and for reasons I cannot explain I bought a couple of pillow cases.
Next was Thornton's for some Special Toffee. And yes, it is indeed SPECIAL. It'll stick to your teeth but boy, is it worth it.
Stopped by the bookstore to gather up a crazy quantity of magazines--both home dec and car magazines for my guys.
Popped into River Island...a shop I sure wish would come to Livermore! Darling clothes and really reasonably priced--again, if you ignore the exchange rate.
And everyone was SO NICE.
Check out this garden we passed on the way back to the ship...sigh...
Here's the only tourist I'll allow in a pic--why is he so happy? He's got the bag with the toffee in it.