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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 20th 2011

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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 18th 2011

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236Slept like a rock last night. It must have been due to the miles upon miles we walked through the city. Thank goodness for the Tube, the Underground....the subway, for you non English speaking folk. I've actually been told that I speak American. Don't laugh, it's true. There have been numerous times that I have no idea what the English are saying so I MUST speak a different language.Began the day like all the rest....up early, English breakfast (the full fry consists of eggs, English bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms and beans. They also put toast, juice, cereal, fruit and yogurt out) then we head out for the day.Today we started with the British museum. They have a rarities or "treasures" room which contains things like a Guttenberg Bible, Shakespeares First Folio, the Magna Carta, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 17th 2011

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236We took the train from Bath into Paddington now, I think we have trains figured out but the real test comes with the London Underground system! As we arrive, it is pouring.....sideways. we stay under cover until there is a slight break in the weather. Our B&B is only 2 blocks from Victoria Station and we manage to dodge the raindrops and arrive semi-dry.Thank goodness the nice man who let us in offers to carry our luggage up because we are on the second floor....which in America means the third floor and the stairways are steep, narrow and uneven. The room is worn but cozy and we say the same about the bathroom. I cannot imagine someone bigger than Mom or I trying to use it. Lol, it is smaller than a cruise ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath July 16th 2011

Geo: 51.3814, -2.35745I can't believe I forgot to tell you about the Bath Abbey Tower! All the clotted cream I've beeneating must be clogging my brain! As I previously mentioned, tour buses from London really clog up the city, but as we were leaving our second tea yesterday, it was about 4:45 and the crowds were noticibly thinning. We decided to have a look in the Abbey....essentially a big church. We noticed a sign that said "Tower tours" and the last one was at 5pm. We bought our tickets and waited in the assigned area. Much to our surprise and delight, we were the only people who bought tickets! Our own private tour!What does the tour entail? Well, 212 steps up a very narrow circular stairway to see where they ring the church bells and the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath July 15th 2011

Geo: 51.3814, -2.35745We rode the bus into Bath this morning. It took about an hour. Now we've been out in these small towns for a week so the size and pace of this bustling tourist mecca was a bit much at first. It took us a good 30 minutes to get our bearings, dig out a map and head toward the tourist information center.Bath is filled with little boutiques, designer shops, cafés, pubs and residences. We had an idea of the things we might want to see but thought we might confer with an expert so as not to leave something out. Bath is steeped in rich history since Roman times and the city has a cosmopolitan feel.So we visited the Roman Baths first....probably the only "must do" as far as tourist attractions go. The entire ... read more
The Abbey
recreation of temple edifice
lounging at the baths

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Old Sodbury July 14th 2011

Geo: 51.5305, -2.34352Today's adventure, boys and girls, takes us on a 12 mile journey to Old Sodbury! It was supposed to be another 20 mile day.....but as I've mentioned previously, I become unbearable around 15 (and since I haven't had a boot throwing fit yet) so we decided to lop off a few miles with a short bus ride to make IT and ME more enjoyable. So Ronnie drove us to the bus station and we were off! First stop.....Wotten-under-Edge! Today's walk was really nice. Across fields, through wooded areas, up hill.....down hill, down "droving" roads. The weather has been beautiful! Warm....hotter when heading uphill and sunshiny!The views from the tops of hills now show more crops and all the fields are divided by hedgerows. Even the roads are edged in hedgerows. There are plenty of ... read more
tromping through the fields
cows with bangs
more trail

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Dursley July 13th 2011

Geo: 51.688, -2.36041While we were out walking on Tuesday, we kept track of exactly when my feet started to bother me. At 12 miles, the pain would just start....bearable but uncomfortable. Unfortunatley by 15.5 miles, the pain was enough to bring tears to my eyes AND make me a miserable walking partner. I had just managed to hobble into Painswick the night before after 17 miles and we were due to walk 20 miles to Dursley. Now the one thing I have really enjoyed about this country is its public transportation. There are buses that run up and down through all th we decided to take the day off walking and see the countryside by bus.The first bus took us into a the town of Stroud. We asked for directions to the Tourist Information Center ... read more
Sheep are king
Stubber plate to put out your cigs

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Painswick July 12th 2011

Geo: 51.7867, -2.19392Ok, first the good news.....there is NO bad news!!Now on to our day! We left California Farm with deepest regrets. The place was simply stunning....the views, the hospitality, the food, the accomodations.....seriously, a terrific stay!First, before I forget, I need to tell the tale of our arrival yesterday. The guide book we are using contains maps which are had drawn but are very detailed. Our mistake the first day wasn't the books fault....we missed a sign post. (We found this out by talking with a Cotswold Way trail worker) Anyway, the maps are not to scale so sometimes its a little difficult, a lot difficult to judge distances.We knew we needed to go past a farm with an enviable garden and then THOUGHT we needed to go past thenext farm and take a right ... read more
These are the kind you can eat!!
The climb up from California Farm
......and up!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Cheltenham July 11th 2011

Geo: 51.898, -2.07131Up early this morning! 5am and the sun coming directly in the window! Fell back to sleep as best we could. Finally tried to roll out about 6:30.....TRIED, being the key term.Every joint ached, every muscle tight.....we needed yoga and a massage! What we got was breakfast with a nice Swedish couple that were also out hiking and words of wisdom from our hostess, Sara!"Why walk if you can't enjoy the view?" I realized that she was right! This trip isn't about how many miles we could walk or how much we could suffer, it was about spending time with my Mother and seeing the English countryside.....we took a bus up to the top of Cleeve Hill (the highest point in the Cotswolds)We met a nice couple who were also gonna ride the bus ... read more
Gorgeous flowers.....and TALL
If only our thistles were pretty!
the Cotswold Way

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Winchcombe July 10th 2011

Geo: 51.9532, -1.96476Ok, so the real title should be "What goes up, must come down....oh *!$%&, it goes up again!First the good blisters, we were't attacked by random farm animals, we eventually made it to Winchecomb, I didn't have a meltdown (ok, it was small and hardly noticable)The bad news....We walked an unnecessary 2 miles by missing a sign post (if this were the Amazing Race, we'd be on our way home), my left foot hurt so badly by days end that, if given the choice, I may have considered chopping it off!more good news....the weather was fabulous and we didn't get hit by a car....we were also laughing not long after reaching our destination.So the day started with me taking more door knocker pictures (they really are spectacular). We knew that this terrain was ... read more
This lady can kick your ass.....
More knockers? yes, please!
He looked more like a bottle opener!

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