Christine SjG


Christine SjG

These are the international travel adventures of Don and Christine. We look forward to sharing them with you.

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic October 16th 2022

I’m writing this final blog from the airplane home somewhere over the Atlantic. I wanted to take the time on this very long flight to reflect on our latest adventure before the reality of normalcy sets in and it all becomes a happy blur. A few statistics about our adventure. Total miles driven in the car: approximately 2200 Total kilometers walked: 185.4 19 breakfasts with eggs; 12 breakfasts with baked beans Number of castles / palaces visited: 14 Roundabouts navigated: approximately 247 Number of sheep viewed: approximately 2 million We’ve been asked by various cabbies and people we’ve met towards the end of our adventure what we enjoyed the most. As Don has said, that’s a very difficult question to answer as we saw so many different things it’s impossible to really compare. How I’ve decided ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London October 16th 2022

For our last day in the UK, we got up early and headed over to Borough Market. It’s a foodie paradise. The good thing ( for our wallets) was that it’s hard to pack fresh cheese and meats in luggage for overseas travel. We did find some excellent pastries and coffee for breakfast, though. We continued our stroll around the Southwark neighborhood. When we were in London at the beginning of the trip, we stayed right next to historic Hyde Park and it really felt like London. This hotel and neighborhood has much more of a generic big city feel. The hotel is excellent- with all the modern touches - but it could be anywhere. As we were walking around, we passed the Tate Modern museum and, since it was free, we decided to go in ... read more
Fishmonger .
Imperial War Museum
Hannah with some kind of tank

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London October 15th 2022

Just a quick note to say we had a good day with Hannah and Felix. We packed a lot in but I’m going to wait and write about it in the morning….it’s after 11:00 here so heading off to bed to get a good night sleep before our travel day tomorrow. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London October 14th 2022

Three quick updates: 1. Tina the musical was awesome. The music was excellent. About 1/2 way through the first act, the curtain came down and we were told there were technical difficulties. After 15 minutes, the show restarted with the announcement that the lead was going to be played by the understudy for the remainder of the performance. At first we were a bit disappointed because the lead was so good - but the understudy was just as good. It was amazing. 2. We saw a fox today just outside the airport. I’d wanted to see one the whole trip so I was pretty excited. 3. As part of our daily tracking, we walked 10.4 kms today. :-) ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London October 14th 2022

Today markets the start of the final leg of our trip - 2 final nights in London. We did our final drive to drop the car off at City Airport and it was uneventful. But we did feel like we needed to mark the occasion with a selfie with the car. We put more than 2000 miles on it over the last two weeks. We had a bit of chaos when the taxi to the hotel from the airport dropped us off at the wrong place and in the rush to get us and our luggage out, and pay the driver, Don accidentally left his phone in the taxi. A tense couple hours ensued…we put in a report and had to wait to hear. We distracted ourselves with a visit to Harrod’s. We wandered past clothes ... read more
Inside Harrods. .
Harrods Christmas displays are starting already….

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover October 13th 2022

Not only did we do 9.25km of walking today, most of it was on the steep inclines of Dover Castle and the white cliffs. I’m exhausted! We headed over the Dover Castle right when it opened at 10:00. Before we got here, we had no idea how big it was. We started our tour with the Saxon church and Roman lighthouse at the Center of the grounds both of which were built pre-1000 AD. From there we went through the medieval castle built in the late 1100s. As the castle has been in continuous use since then, it has never fallen into ruins. It has been modified quite a bit over the centuries as is use shifted from imposing residence to an important defensive position. This was particularly true during the Napoleonic threat and WWII. There ... read more
Saxon church and Roman lighthouse .
Henry II’s throne room.
View from castle roof

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover October 12th 2022

Very eventful day today! We woke up early in Oxford and headed out for a wander through the Covered Market at 8:00. It’s a lot like Granville Island or Pike place - but likely older. We had a nice breakfast without any baked beans. From there we made our way over to Oxford Castle. We didn’t go in (because we didn’t think to book tickets in advance) but got to tour the grounds. It was mostly used as a prison from sometime in the 1600’s to the 1980’s. Now the cells have been converted to a luxury hotel. From there, we went back to Christ Church College where we did do the self-guided walking tour. The highlight was the dining hall which not only has been used for the same purpose for more than 500 years ... read more
Oxford castle
Us at the Christ church dining hall.
Lunch with Hannah and Felix.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford October 11th 2022

After our usual lovely breakfast (yes, Heinz beans again), we hopped in the car and headed south to Bletchley Park. Unfortunately, almost 2 hours into the drive, I realized I left myKindle behind! This led to a mad scramble to contact the castle to make no arrangements to have it posted to us at our last stop in London. It should all work out - fingers crossed! Having read about Bletchley Park (on the aforementioned Kindle), this was a highlight of our trip for me. I was looking forward to seeing where the code breaking all took place and where women were able to play such an important role in the war effort. It did not disappoint. Not only did the historical society do a great job with the restoration and displayed, the site itself was ... read more
Cottage where Alan Turing and this team developed the Bombe machine to crack Enigma
Room in one of the huts where the women code breakers worked on manually deciphering messages. .
Our AirBNB on second floor.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Tadcaster October 10th 2022

We’d planned a traditional rest and relaxation day in the country today and it did not disappoint. We slept in and went for a late-ish breakfast here at the castle. We booked a couples massage at the spa which was a nice relaxing treat. Then we had high tea for lunch - which really made us feel like we were in the Victorian era. The castle historian joined us for a bit and provided some background of the castle. He took us on a brief tour of the great hall which dated back to the 13th century. The castle was owned by the same Catholic family for 900 years from about 1158 to 1908. Their family head did a great job of playing politics through all the the wars in this area to hold on to ... read more
Chapel front
Some of the family tombs.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Tadcaster October 10th 2022

Let’s try yesterday’s update again after a good night’s sleep. We had a quick breakfast at the hotel before getting on the road. The first place we wanted to stop was the Glasgow Necropolis. It’s a huge Victorian era cemetery on a hill overlooking the city of Glasgow. We walked through several different areas of the cemetery imaging what life might have bee like for some of its residents. From there, we hopped on the highway south towards England. We made two castle stops in the Cumbria area of England. Both were 12th century castle ruins that were part of the estate of Lady Anne Clifford a 26th century noblewomen who’s father reneged on providing her inheritance when he died and she was 15 - leaving all of his property to a male cousin despite the ... read more
At the Necropolis .
Brougham Castle .
Inside the four storey keep at Brougham Castle. .

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