Penrith ranked alongside Florence as top 10 getaway location
Last updated at 13:14, Wednesday, 01 August 2012
A few castles, a town monument and a park – not your obvious world tourist destination. But believe it or not Penrith has been listed with Florence and Iceland as one of the top ten easy getaways this summer.
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A town where a small vocal minority hijack a (very baised) local paper every week, commanding half the letters page with rose tinted visions of the 1940s?A town where half the shops don't open more than 7 hours a day, close on Wednesday afternoons and then try to blame everyone else for their failures?A town where the chamber of trade is more interested in vanity projects like a flag supported by 17 people, than solving the above problems?A town where every kid with ambition leaves at 18, leaving behind a mix of people with degrees unsuited to the town and unemployed layabouts.A town with no major 21st century employers to get those kids to stay.Penrith might be considered a tourist destination, but if it wants a decent long term future, it needs to tackle the problems at home first, and for many that will involve a more realistic view of 21st century life, rather than a pining for the old days.
They need to improve the signs in Penrith because unlike Florence it is difficult to find the Cathedral ,the Art Gallery or any fine architecture. The food is a bit different and the sun is reluctant to shine. I think Ill carry on down to the airport.
i've read the lonely planet article and its actually rating Wanderlusts Horse Drawn Caravan Holidays in 10 easy getaways as aposed to Penrith being one of the worlds top 10 get aways.... see www.wanderlusts.co.uk and www.katus.cz