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North America » United States November 7th 2018

Well, here we go again! We are flying to Australia and taking a 24 day Trafalgar tour of Australia and New Zealand We leave on Wednesday. We get into Melbourne on Friday, for 2 days of exploring before we start the tour. Then its on to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. After that we fly to Cairns and go out to the Great Barrier Reef. Then on to Sydney. After that, we head to New Zealand for the rest of the trip. The flight from LA to Melbourne is 16 hours. That is the longest we will have been on a plane. We did upgrade to premium economy, so we will have more room, better food and hopefully we can sleep thru most of it.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Hastings October 5th 2016

Geo: 50.8552, 0.57292 We left Canterbury in the morning and arrived in Hastings too early to check in to our hotel. So we drove to Battle to see the Battle of Hastings site. This is where England lost its only war on its own soil, to the Normans. There is the ruins of another abbey here, plus the actual battle site and some other old buildings, also. We spent a few hours there and then went and checked in to our hotel. It used to be a group of Victorian houses. Now they are all attached to each other and make up a small hotel. It is right across the street from the ocean, so we had beautiful views. The next morning we got up and drove along the coast to Pevensey Castle. We stayed there ... read more
Ruins of the church
More church
Outdoor kitchen

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury October 3rd 2016

Geo: 51.279, 1.07992 We arose in the morn and headed back to the cathedral. Alas, it didn't open until 12:30PM. So we walked around the old town of Canterbury. We walked over to the Westgate tower. I climbed it to the top for some good photos. We found the Greyfriar's chapel in a park, but couldn't go into it. It is the oldest Franciscan building in all of England. As we walked toward the cathedral, we saw a boat tour of old Canterbury. So we signed up and took the tour. Our guide was a wonderful young 24 year old kid who had just gotten his architecture degree. After the boat tour we walked over to the cathedral. It is absolutely huge! We spent about an hour and a half walking around the inside of it. ... read more
The river
A bridge
Stacy on the boat

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury October 1st 2016

Geo: 51.279, 1.07992 We use for all of our reservations. I picked out a place in Lavenham to spend one night. Apparently I didn't read the fine print. When we reached Lavenham, we couldn't find the place. It was actually in a small village about 4 miles away. The TomTom couldn't find it, but at least my phone could. We drove down a couple of lane and a half roads onto a single track road, then onto a dirt road. It was at the end of the dirt road. It was a 15th century farm house out in the middle of nowhere! We checked in and unpacked. She gave us a couple of places to have dinner. We picked one and made a reservation for 7:00PM. After dinner, we started to drive back in the ... read more
City gate
Part of the abbey
Stacy at the abbey gardens

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cambridgeshire » Cambridge September 29th 2016

Geo: 52.2, 0.11667 First a story. After 9 years, it might be time to retire old Tom. Tom is our Tomtom GPS. I got it as a retirement gift from the guys that I worked with. When I tried to update Tom before we left, it would get to 90% and then would say it failed. We took Tom anyway, knowing that his maps were 8 years old. But as Tom has gotten older, he has gotten slower too. We were pulling up to an intersection yesterday and he told us to go left. As we sat waiting for the light to change, he suddenly told us to go right. Since we were in the left lane I went left. We waited for him to tell us to make a U-turn, but instead he was happy ... read more
The sign
The King's College Chapel
The quad at King's College.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lincolnshire » Stamford September 27th 2016

Geo: 52.6513, -0.48007 We arrived in Leeds and headed to the laundromat. We found a nice one and proceeded to do our last laundry. Hooray! After, we couldn't check into our hotel because it was too early, so we headed over to the Royal Armory Museum to go thru it. It was huge! It was 5 floors of armor, guns and weapons of all kind. No photos were allowed, so no pics were taken on this day. We found our hotel, had a drink, unpacked and went to dinner. We got up this morning and headed out to Stamford. We found a great manor to visit on the way there. It is called Burghley House. It is still used by the family that owns it. It is set on 11,000 acres. It is a huge house. ... read more
Part of the kitchen
The bells for the staff
The pool room

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Yorkshire Dales » York September 25th 2016

Geo: 53.9577, -1.08229 We left the beautiful Lake District and headed for York. On the way we stopped in Penrith to look around. We visited the Penrith Museum and headed out to Brougham Castle. It is just a ruins, but it was fun to look and explore around and up to the ramparts. Then on to York. We checked in at our B&B and had a little rest, then out to dinner at the Dormouse Pub. This morning we walked into old York, about a mile, and took a free 2 1/2 hour walking tour of the city. It was great. We walked past the Minster, which is the cathedral in York. Oh my goodness, it is the largest medieval gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. It is gigantic! It still has 128 stained glass windows from ... read more
Brougham Castle
Old bridge near Brougham Castle
From Brougham Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick September 23rd 2016

Geo: 54.5995, -3.13256 We got and headed out to the west coast of England. It is a beautiful morning, the sun is shining and it is fairly warm. We drove to Workington, but it was an industrial town, so we headed south toward Whitehaven. We found a place by the water and took a few photos. We decided to go to St. Bees Head, which was a few miles down the road. We parked the car and went into a tea shop and bought sandwiches, crisps and water. We then hiked to the top of St. Bees Head and had a little picnic lunch. It was a bit windy, but the sun was out and it was lovely. After our big hike, we drove to Cockermouth to visit that little village. William Wordsworth was born here. ... read more
A Roman arch at a graveyard
St Bees Head
View from near the top

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick September 21st 2016

Geo: 54.5995, -3.13256 First I need to tell you that I made an error on my last blog. The gravesite we found was for my great great grandparents. My great grandparents are buried in Detroit. Thanks Aunty for straightening this out. We got up early yesterday, had a quick breakfast and headed out to Keswick. It looked like it was going to be a nice day so we walked into town, about a 15 minute walk. Its a cute tourist lake town. We walked all the way to the boat docks and boarded a boat. They make 8 stops around the lake. We took photos of the mountains and got off at the Lodore dock to hike to the waterfalls there. They had a bad flood last December and the easy bridge to the falls was ... read more
The boathouse on Derwentwater
One of the boats

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick September 19th 2016

Geo: 54.5995, -3.13256 First , a story to tell. We stopped at a Shell station to use the restroom and decided to fill the suv with diesel. As I was leaving to go get in the suv I saw a man about 50 years old coming out of the station. He had short cropped hair, about a 2 day growth of beard, a nice pair of earrings and a black and white polka dotted dress with black tights on. I did a double take. He walked to his car and left. I looked inside and no one at the station seemed to care at all. Interesting! We finally arrived in Wigan. We checked into our hotel and they printed out a map to get to the cemetery. I found a curator and he looked up where ... read more
Me by the headstone
Old church in the cemetery
Sign at the cemetery

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