April 17, 2008

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The United Kingdom

The entire day was spent on a plane. Not much else to say.

We stopped at our hotel and then went to see the town. We started with a trip to the Tower of London where the crown jeweles are kept.

Tower bridge and the River Thames

Tower of London

We took a morning sightseeing trip around London and saw alot of the famous landmarks
Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and Buckingham Palace. That afternoon we took a visit to Windsor Castle where the queen lives.

Mounted Guards

Buckingham Palace

Picadley Circus, Londons Time Square

St. Pauls cathedral

Windsor Castle.

We traveled northbound from London. We took a walking tour in the university city of Cambridge, one of the country’s oldest seats of learning. In York, Englands most complete medieval city, we saw the great structure of York Minster.



York Minster

We headed North to see a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes, then went through wild Northumberland National Park to the Scottish border. Stoped for photos at Jedburgh and then Melrose with its 12th-century abbey ruins and connections with Robert the Bruce. We arrived in Edinburg and that night we went to a Scottish evening with highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the ceremony of the haggis, which wasn't that bad, it was actually quite good.

Hadrian's wall

Jedburgh abey ruins

Melrose abey ruins

Bagpiper and Dancers

The haggis.

We had a full day to enjoy this “Prince of Cities.” Morning sightseeing took us to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” we went up to Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. We then walked the "Royal Mile" From the castle down to Holyrood Castle.

Edinburgh Castle.

Holyrood Palace, where the Queen stays when she comes to Scotland.

We went South through the history-steeped Lowland Hills and drove through beautiful scenery in the Lake District, considered to be the finest of England’s national parks. Visit Wordsworth’s Grasmere. Then went to Chester, the historic county town on the River Dee, our walking tour included the Roman remains, black and white half-timbered buildings, and the two-tiered arcades called the “Rows.” Ended the day in Liverpool of Beatles fame, once the departure port of the great transatlantic liners, and European Capital of Culture in 2008.


Historic Chester.

Roman remains in Chester.

"Penny Lane" From the Beetles song

The Liverpool docks

We into Wales to picturesque Llangollen village, home of an international competition for poets and musicians. Back in England, we toured fascinating Stratford-upon-Avon, a living monument to William Shakespeare, before driving through the scenic Cotswold Hills with a stop for photos in picture-book Broadway. Overnight in Bristol where we saw the SS Great Britain, and the historic harbor from where John Cabot sailed in 1497 to discover America.

Here we are in Wales

The birth place of Shakespeare

Thatched roofs in Broadway.

SS Great Britain

It was a day of memorable highlights with a visit first to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famous for its Roman relics, before continuing via Stonehenge, still an intriguing mystery, to Salisbury, the “City of the Soaring Spire.” After returning to London we went and saw "Phantom of the Opera" and sat on the front row.
The Roman bath house

The spire is a little crooked, its 2ft out of true.

Phantom of the Opera

We were excited to get home and see our baby again. We had a great trip, I'm so glad we went.

April 4, 2008

Great Britain

I probably won't be putting any new posts up for a while. Lariann and I are leaving later this morning to fly to London England where we will spend the 9 days traveling through England, Scotland & Whales. We leave the 4th and return on the 13th.
We are taking this trip because I asked Lariann when she first found out she had cancer if there was anything she wanted to do before she died. She said she wanted to visit Great Britian. Orginally I thought there was no way this could happen. But after checking some things out, and us doing some serious saving for a couple of years we are ready to go.
Late me make this clear that this is NOT because she is dying or that this is her last dying wish. There's been some rumors floating around about that. She is in great health so now is a good time to do this.
Lucy however will remain at home. Our tour group does not alow children under eight, plus she'd have a misserable time. Instead she will be spliting time with the grandparents, so she'll be plenty spoiled when we get back.
I'm not sure if I will have time to do any bloging while we are gone, but if I get a chance I may post a few pic's from our trip. Below you can see where we will be stoping along the way.