Formula One race team headquarters. It turned out to be a rather big and bustling village with some nasty traffic congestion. We wasted almost 45 minutes just trying to get back on the motorway.
An Absolutely Perfect B&B
It's no wonder this place has won numerous awards. It's clean, comfy, serves a great breakfast, has charming rooms, offers plenty of amenities and features a virtual library full of local tourism information. Besides this table full of tourist news, the cabinet in the background has brochures for every site one could even think about visiting plus the DVD backshelves with loads of touring videos. The proprietors even sell local produce like jams and jellies. They take great pride in their business and their community.
an obvious tourist who had just rented a big Humvee and proceeded to speed through the airport roads on the wrong side. Just before a head-on crash occurred, he/she swerved over into the correct lane.
The Usual for Dougie
Guaranteed to put you in the cardiac ward eventually, these English breakfast are all the best bits of my ideal first meal of the day. Bacon, ham, local sausage, egg, baked beans and a very crispy baked tomato. I still don't get the whole baked bean thing but I ate them whenever they were presented.
since it was in Knightsbridge we would have to go halfway across town by taxi or subway once we reached the train station. I e-mailed the London taxi company in an effort to find out what that would cost for the five of us, but got no reply. The bus service was just too confusing to figure out and would've probably been tough with all our luggage.
I Just Discovered a New Setting on My Camera
This is the "dynamic" color mode. It makes the blues really blue, almost fake-looking. This was the view up the street from our bed and breakfast. I'm standing in front of James Herriott's veterinary surgery.
we were able to grab a corner of the subway car for ourselves and our luggage. By the time we reached our stop at Knightsbridge 14 stations later, we were pretty well hemmed in by the mass of humanity that had boarded along the way. Once we fought our way out of the car, we manhandled our luggage jammed with memorabilia up the escalators and steps leading to the street. When we emerged from the depths we were in an even thicker crowd of people. We were right outside the doors of Harrod's department store. Some sort of sale had to be going on because it was a zoo.
And Now for the Retro Look
Using this pinhole effect would get old real fast but once or twice during a vacation makes for an interesting shot.
JC Penny coats, lugging bulging suitcases as they emerged from the Underground and boldly approached the Mandarin’s entrance. We looked like homeless people.
All Creatures Great and Small
This office across the street from the Gallery B&B was the surgery for James Herriot, autobiographical author of "All Creatures Great and Small". Those stories about his veterinarian experiences among the farmers of Yorkshire was made into a long-running PBS TV series. I'd love to see it again now that I've been here, but our local educational TV stations are only showing home improvement shows and bad classical music acts. Herriot's office is still being used today by a different vet.
hours of the restaurant and told us that the Continental Breakfast was £18 whilst the full breakfast was £35. Gail promptly whipped-out our reservation confirmation and pointed-out that we got breakfast with our rate. I would have meekly dispensed with breakfast as soon as I saw just how plush this hotel was and realized what an awesome deal we got.
St. Mary's Church in Thirsk
While we waited for Cassie to get her stuff together before leaving Thirsk, Tyler, Grandma and I walked a block up the street to get a closer look at the impressive town church.
toiletries were available if I wished to contact the front desk. Next to the tub was a big jar full of bath salts.
Information About St. Mary's
From the church's own website: "St. Mary’s is an Anglican Church situated at the end of Kirkgate.It was built between 1420 and 1480 and is a magnificent mediaeval building. Often called the cathedral of North Yorkshire because of its outstanding Perpendicular Gothic architecture, size and prominence - it has an 80 ft tower - it has served the needs of the people of Thirsk for over 500 years. It has seen many changes, witnessed turbulent times and helped people to see beyond their troubles and encouraged them to look to God."
intended for royal potentates like Cassie’s and Tyler’s place.
Detail of St. Mary's Roofline
Not exactly the clearest picture this still gives you an idea of the beautiful decoration all over the town church.
so many hours without feeding my fat belly.
There were many ornate additions all around this old church located in a tiny little village. The local landowners must've been rather wealthy.
could ever hope to convey. I was drawn by the odors of not just the different sausages, but of roasted pork and turkey, potato pancakes, cotton candy, roasted nuts, the sweet smell of hot wine, and Lebkuchen. My senses were also assaulted by the glowing lights throughout the park and the cacophony of sounds all around us. You couldn’t imagine you were in the middle of one of the World’s biggest cities. It truly felt like we were in Bremen, Lubeck or Munich.
Inside the Church
I must've messed-up the settings on my camera when I was experimenting with the "dynamic" and "pinhole" effets because all of my indoor pictures in this magnificent little church turned out badly.
just rolled off the truckbeds.
Best of a Bad Lot
This shot didn't come out very well either since it didn't capture any of the play of light coming through the windows or the darkness of the wooden pews and stone walls, but you can at least see why many call this church a mini-cathedral. Not many town churches have vaulted roofs and buttresses.