Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Milton Keynes, England
By Dan Lalor
MILTON KEYNES (Reuters) - Britain is looking for up to 100 apprentice spies to emulate staff at Bletchley Park, the former code-breaking centre that was once the most secret place in Britain.
Bletchley is now a suburb of Milton Keynes, a compact young city an hour's drive northwest of London best known for the number of roundabouts on its grid road system and where - if you believe national media - life is the epitome of suburban tedium.
However, nowhere in Milton Keynes is more than a 10-minute drive from centuries-old villages with soaring church spires set in a gently rolling landscape that is still home to "spooks" in secluded settings down quiet country lanes.
Reuters correspondents help you make the most of your time in a surprisingly interesting place.
6 p.m. - Visit Xscape, one of Europe's largest indoor ski slopes, for a quick refresher on your skiing or snowboarding skills ahead of the winter season.
7:30 p.m. - Theatre - Catch a production on a national tour.
Step outside afterwards into the Theatre District and find a bar for a late supper or a nightcap. Or perhaps travel a short distance to The Jaipur, an Indian restaurant on a grand scale. Continued...