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Sunday 17th May 2009

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Lake District Holiday

Yesterday we arrived home from our holiday in the Lake District, Cumbria, England.  We stayed in self-catering accommodation, which we found very comfortable and well kitted out.  Here is some of what we did during the week:

Sunday 10th May

We went to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere, which features a representation of Beatrix Potter's stories as 3D models in the Lakeland countryside.

After this, we went on a Windermere Lake Cruise.  The cruise we went on lasted about 45 minutes.  It left and docked in the same place in Bowness, just to allow us to see the lake.  We found this very interesting and it only rained a little bit!

Windermere Lake Cruise Windermere Lake Cruise
Windermere Lake Cruise

Monday 11th May

Today, we went to the lake at Coniston.  We hired a motor boat and took a cruise around the lake.  We were very fortunate that it was a perfectly sunny day.

Afterwards, we visited Ambleside.  We went on the pier (which is rather short) and then went to see a waterfall, which can be found just outside the town.

A waterfall at Ambleside
A waterfall at Ambleside

Tuesday 12th May

The sun was shining again today.  Firstly, we visited the Lake District Visitor Centre, just to get some tourist information.  After our short stay here, we went to Hill Top - Beatrix Potter's house in Ambleside.

Hill Top
Hill Top

Later on, we went to Spoon Hall Trekking Centre in Coniston.  This was one of our favourite activities, however we had aching legs for days after.  The trek we went on lasted over an hour and we saw great views of the lake; as you can see in the picture below:

Pony Trekking in Coniston
Pony Trekking in Coniston

Wednesday 13th May

Today, we visited Kendal to look around the shops.

In the evening, we went into Windermere and Bowness.  Pretty much the only nightlife is on Thursday and Friday in The Ship, Bowness, in the upstairs nightclub.  There are, however, plenty of restaurants and pubs.

Thursday 14th May

We visited the Lakeland Miniature Village today, which features many buildings from around the Lake District area - excellent craftsmanship.

Lakeland Miniature Village
Lakeland Miniature Village

Afterwards, we visited the Lakeland Motor Museum, part of Holker Hall.  There were over 30,000 exhibits - including vintage cars and bikes.  Definitely worth a visit.  They do charge 1 for a photography licence.

Lakeland Motor Museum
Lakeland Motor Museum

Lastly today, we visited the town of Ulverston, which is the birth place of Stan Laurel.

Laurel and Hardy in Ulverston
Laurel and Hardy in Ulverston

Friday 15th May

On our final day, we went to The Puzzling Place in Keswick.  This place featured many optical illusions and holograms.  I found the most interesting exhibits to be the forced perspective room and the room where gravity appears to work in reverse.

Doom 3

A few weeks ago, I began to play through Doom 3.  I have found it to be one of the scariest and atmospheric games I've ever played.  It is a reboot of the original Doom game.  It takes place on Mars - the game begins on a place called Mars City.  You play an anonymous marine.  Everything appears normal at first, but then a major disaster happens when a portal from Hell is opened.  After this, you are ordered to find and link up with another squad of marines.  But not all is what it seems...

The game has a few additional weapons from the original.  There are also additional monsters including some from Doom II.  The game is linear, meaning that it is difficult to get lost.  Instead of using keycards, as in the original, you must find PDAs from dead employees of the UAC to gain security access to doors.  These PDAs also contain e-mails and audio logs from the employees, some of which reveal security codes to open certain doors and lockers.

If you have not played it before, I would definitely recommend it.  However, I personally prefer Half-Life 2, mainly due to the setting and the more advanced physics used in the game.


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