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Help me focus- 2 weeks in England- maybe Scotland or France?

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DH and I are planning ahead for our 15th anniversary next year. We'd like to take our girls (will be 10 and 12) to Europe for the first time (first time for me as well, DH went to Spain in HS but otherwise is a newbie also). Main interest is England with other interests including Ireland, Scotland and France. We've got two weeks, and have accepted that it's probably not enough to include Ireland. DH says given a choice between France and Scotland, he'd prefer France, but we could happily spend all two weeks in England as well.

Some background: we're fairly seasoned US travelers, and have done the whirlwind roadtrip, as well as the set up camp in one place and chill type of vacation. Neither of us drive stick (although, with a year, he could probably learn). It would be summer 2014. I speak a few words of French (remnants of HS/college) and the girls will have studied 2 year/1 year respectively in grade school.

Our interests: We like big cities, but not exclusively- we're pretty fit but not athletic. We enjoy nature- I'm an Anglophile have read tons of Shakespeare, English lit, and Brit chic lit, and enjoy history. We're Catholic- attending Mass is not critical but I love visiting Cathedrals and churches. We've enjoyed visiting grand houses in the US (Newport, Biltmore). DH and older DD are big performers- DD hopes to have a career in musical theater, so taking in a show might also be an option.

So...as you can see, I'm all over the map, and am looking for some focus- we want to see as much as we can while still having the time to enjoy what we're seeing, and I tend to way overestimate what we have time for.

Thanks in advance!
Eleanor

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