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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
|St. Giles Cathedral,|
A prominent building is the St. Giles Cathedral which dates back to the 15th Century. It's been the focal point of religious life in Edinburgh for more than 900 -years. It is, without question, a beautiful and imposing structure. As we continued to explore the area we found the University of Edinburgh along one of the narrow streets. As is the case with so many institutions in Europe, and especially this part of the world, the university has a long history -- having been founded in 1583. It is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world!
|Edinburgh has its fair share of "Whisky World's"|
Tomorrow we're off to the airport at 8 a.m. for a 9:50 flight home. We're sorry to be leaving, but we're glad to be going home. After a month of exploring Ireland, England and Scotland, it'll be good to get home to our friends and routine.
Monday, September 01, 2014
|Waverly Railway Station,|
|Linda and Sir Walter Scott|
|Starbuck's?? In Edinburgh, Scotland.|
11 p.m. -- We arrived in Edinburgh at 4 p.m. and checked into our lodgings. They are just a few minutes away from the railway station and easy to find. After checking in, we got a tourist map from the receptionist and found our way to nice Italian restaurant on "Rose Street" in "New Town". After, we continued to explore the area, met some folks, drank some beer and enjoyed learning about Edinburgh.
Tomorrow will be our last day in Europe and we have the full day here in this beautiful city. So, I'll be sure to fill you in on our adventures for the day.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
|The Back-Yard Garden of|
Bob Crick's 300-year-old home.
|More of Bob's Garden.|
|Bob Crick, the Ole' Schoolmaster!|
Saturday, August 30, 2014
|Leo, Helen (in white) and Linda|
on the "Common"
|L-R: Bill, Roger and John|
at the "club" in Minchinhampton, U.K.
Meanwhile, Roger and I went to the "CLUB" in Minchinhampton. We drank a couple of beers and met Bill and John. We enjoyed a lively conversation about travel in Ireland, England and the United States. After about an hour, or so, we left for Helen's "mum's house" nearby. First, Roger and I explored 2 or 3 of the many villages nearby. He was driving his "MG F" and took the roads with some speed and skill! It was great fun. As an aside, Roger is a retired Lieutenant Commander from the British Royal Navy. Since he was the "Radio Officer", he and I have a lot of interesting stories to tell each-other (I was a Radioman in the U.S. Navy).
|Gerry, Helen and Linda|
at Helen's"mum's" house.
The evening ended with a wonderful dinner prepared by Helen. Since Roger was a career naval officer, and was in the service during final years of the "British Empire", we talked about his many travel experiences and the gradual withdrawal of Britain from many of its "colonies". Helen, an ex-British navy lieutenant herself, had had training in celestial navigation. We talk about the sky and observing the stars. Finally at 1 a.m., or so, we called it "a day". I can't imagine having a more delightful day in and around the countryside of this beautiful country.
Friday, August 29, 2014
|Entertainment Center on the train.|
Our train didn't depart until 10:30, so after buying our tickets, we enjoyed a cup of coffee at the Starbuck's in the station. The train ride to Swindon was just over an hour and was enjoyable. Even though there is no wifi on-board, a video screen offered a variety of entertainment options. It made the journey quick and pleasant.
|Helen, Roger and Linda enjoy a|
cuppa of "Proper English Tea".
Roger picked us up at at the Swindon Station around noon and we made our way to his home. Along the way, we stopped a local "pub" for lunch and a drink -- and a good amount of good laughter and conversation! The food in these little "out of the way" pubs is always enjoyable -- and ample. We arrived at Roger and Helen's home at around 3:30 and "got re-acquainted" with Helen. It had been almost two years ago since we hosted Roger and Helen at my house in Palm Desert.
|From L to R: Self, Linda Robert and Rick.|
Sue, Helen and Roger at the Hunter's Hall Inn
in King's Coate, U.K.
11:30 p.m. -- We ended the evening at a delightful dinner with Roger, his wife and son and friends. The food was very good, the company was even better. We met Rick and his Sue and enjoyed an evening of good fun and humorous discussions. These British "pubs" are wonderful places to join friends and family in food, drink and friendship.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
|Linda and the Tower of London|
(taken on the Tower Bridge)
|Tower Bridge with the|
draw bridge in use.
|Borough Market, London.|
|Borough Market, Foods Everywhere!|
We made our way back to the DLR and found the Borough Market a couple of stops away. As we left the "London Bridge" Underground station and were greeted by the Borough Market across the street. It simply looked like two buildings -- one obviously old and one made primarily of glass. We were pleasantly surprised as we entereed the "Market". It was packed with hundreds of vendors selling foods of all kinds. The aisles were packed with shoppers from all over Europe (in evidence by the many languages were heard). The Borough Market is one of the oldest in Europe -- and indeed is the largest and
|Cash from a Phone Booth. Neat!|
So, tomorrow we're off to Swindon for a visit with our friends Roger and Helen -- so be sure to check back!!