Sharon Roberts

Mt Prospect, IL

The girls enjoying some dinner


Sharon just got back from a wonderful private chauffeur vacation of the U.K. with her family! Read about her adventures below:

 

Where did you travel to Sharon?:
“We went to London, England and Wales”

What made you want to travel to the U.K.?:
“It has been my mother’s life long dream to visit Wales where her great grandfather was born. My mother is now 87.”

Who all traveled with you on this trip?:
“This trip was taken with 2 of my 4 siblings and our mother. In addition, our sister from Finland joined us for a few days. Our Finish sister lived with us for a year back in the mid 70’s. She was a high school foreign exchange student.”

Sharon and her lovely mother in front of Stonehenge!


Where were the top 3 places to visit on your wish list?:
“This trip was all about my mother’s desires. Her top 3 things to see on this trip was to (1) visit Gilfach Goch, Wales… the tiny little mining town where our ancestors lived, (2) visit Westminster Abbey, and (3) hear a men’s Welsh choir (Wales is know for their male choirs).”

Tough question alert! What was the best part about your vacation?:
“The best part of our vacation was taking the trip together. Due to the outstanding knowledge of our driver we really felt like we saw the true Wales. Of course we saw many tourist spots but we also spent a lot of time off the beaten path which could not have been done without Dai, our driver. His love of Welsh history and his sense of humor were priceless. While off the beaten path we visited the tiny town where our ancestors came from, Gilfach Goch, visited small town museums looking for Lusterware (a china that was made in Southern Wales) and seeing some of the most beautiful views ever.”

What made you want to book your vacation with Tenon Tours?:
“I chose Tenon Tours after having found them as part of my Google search. Initially, I liked that they specialized in the United Kingdom. I felt that they would be more knowledgeable and have better connections in putting our itinerary together. After my first conversation with our Personal Travel Specialist, I felt very comfortable with her. We had several conversations to talk through all details of our trip. I appreciated her patience.”

Enjoying some sunshine and good company!

What did you enjoy most about working with a Personal Sales Representative?:
“Janet Dudley was a good listener. She not only listened to what we were looking for in our trip but made suggestions for how to improve or “fill in” some “holes” of our timeline.”

Do you have any advice to offer up about the weather in the U.K.?:
“We were expecting 58 – 62 F /rainy weather. Once we got to Wales which was 90% of our trip the weather was beautiful! A little cool in the mornings but mostly sunny and much warmer. It was perfect weather! We really lucked out.”

Did travel insurance come in handy for you?:
“We did purchase the travel insurance as we booked our trip about 5 months in advance. We ended up not needing it but it gave us peace of mind knowing that we had it.”

Were you able to make any new friends along the way?:
“Our driver, Dai! I think our family and Dai will stay in contact.”

Were there any unplanned parts of your trip that wound up turning into one of your favorite travel stories?:
“Our favorite travel story is about my mother’s desire to hear a men’s Welsh choir. Long before leaving for our trip I tried to research options for hearing a men’s Welsh choir. I looked and looked but could not find a concert anywhere near where we were going to be in Wales on the dates we were in Wales. When we got to our hotel in Llandudno I noticed a flyer near the elevator which was advertising a men’s Welsh choir every Tuesday from May to October. I was so excited! Then I read further and the only Tuesday that the choir would not be performing was May 23 which was that very day. So close but no cigar. That night as we were walking to the restaurant section of town we walked by a Methodist church. My sister pointed out that there was a sign for a concert THAT NIGHT for a men’s Welsh choir at 8pm. It was perfect! We had a lovely dinner then walked back and attended the concert. It was beautiful. I can’t believe that we stumbled upon this choir…. just incredible luck. And…. we are Methodist, so it was special to hear the concert in a Methodist church. The history of the men’s Welsh choirs is that Wales was once known for their coal and slate mines. The men would sing on their way to the mines. Eventually, they formed choirs and sang outside the mines. We have the music baton of my great, great grandfather who was a choir director for one of these choirs.”

Did you learn any new Welsh phrases?:
“We tried to learn some Welsh but it is really hard!! We did accomplish how to correctly say the names of some of the Welsh towns we visited.”

What destination is next on your list?:
“Italy!”

 

Well Sharon we certainly hope to assist you again on your next adventure, to Italy!! Thank you for being such a valued client.

 

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