4th - June 7th; England
London; Tower Bridge
This photo was taken from the London Bridge.
The structure in the
distance is the Tower Bridge. You can also
barely make out a warship.
I had been to London before so I didn't take
a lot photos.
This was the castle which had a huge fire several
years ago. The interior
was very interesting and well preserved.
There weren't many
opportunities for photos inside.
Another shot of the entrance to the castle.
Hard to believe the
entrance fee (9.50 pounds) was the same as the
I'll bet you've seen these before. This was as close as I could
because since 1985, the perimeter has been roped off.
Wherever the Romans went, Baths tended
to pop up. This was an easy spot for them
because there was already a natural hot
spring available to them! The waters are
still warm and British royalty used the baths
and built up the city. You could also drink
some of the water which had 43 minerals in
it, but I passed.
The abbey in the distance is the same as the one seen in the
I had a lot of fun at this castle. Unlike Windsor, you were free
roam around anywhere you wanted to. There were numerous
exhibits including a dungeon complete with various instruments of
You could wander all over the place and go up in the various towers
for some excellent views. This one is from the far side of the
and its entrance is at the center of the picture.
This is the other side of the entrance to the castle. I have
a lot of
other photos of the castle but space considerations unfortunately
limit me to a mere three.
Stratford upon Avon was the hometown of William Shakespeare.
Believe it or not, there wasn't much to see and the streets were
choked with tourists. The inside of the house featured very small
rooms with very low ceilings. Everything was well preserved and
his bed (the one that he gave to Anne Hathaway) was still there.
This was at a mediaeval banquet. The food and live entertainment
pretty good (no jousting unfortunately). Not very sanitary because
ate with your hands and shared "washing bowls" but still a lot of fun.
I had a chance try some mead (alcohol made from honey) which was
pretty good. The folks hamming it up for the photo were fellow
members on tour.
York was a quaint town at the northern most part of England.
the streets were virtually empty which helped give the town a spooky
atmosphere. I had Yorkshire pudding (similar to a pot pie) which
tasty and I'd love to be able to get it in the U.S.
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