we are back at home,
photos are all uploaded from the trip, and we had THE MOST amazing time together in england!!
thank you Amy for inviting me to be a part of your first Scrap Fever event.
the creativity that came out of the Creative License classes was "brilliant"
you guys were all so much fun!!
thanks so much for the laughs...
here are a bunch of snapshots from the remainder of our trip, i am positive bill and i will be talking about the fun we had together and the sights we saw on this trip for many many years to come.
after day 2 classes we went on the walking Jack the Ripper tour.
it was not my favorite, but interesting to see the less traveled streets of London.
i had no idea that there was a wall built around London (londinium at the time), there is not much of the wall left but this is a piece of the wall nestled between modern life. as an American it is so hard to comprehend the thousands of years of history, having a tour guide made all the difference.
after the tour we took in a bit of London by night...
look at the full moon over London tower
the following morning we went on a bus tour to Oxford, Stratford, and Warwick castle. i think we both agreed it was our favorite, however it might have something to do with the sunshine and the 65 degree weather.
this is the entrance into Oxford's Christ Church
and for all you harry potter fans here is the original oxford dinning room that the movie set was created from. the students were all on spring break so they were cleaning it.
having studied Shakespeare as a minor in college i was really excited about going to Stratford. Stratford is the birthplace of Shakespeare and we got to walk right through his original childhood home as well as a fantastic museum.
our final stop of the day was Warwick Castle. i had been to renaissance festivals, but NEVER to REAL Renaissance castles...WOW!
and you have probably figured out by now bill and i had a flippin' ball taking pictures of ourselves in front of everything, hee hee!
on our last day we took another bus trip in the other direction to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. i really didn't know what to expect but i knew i wanted to see them big famous rocks!
our first stop was Windsor castle and man does the queen know how to live LARGE!
you get to walk around the state rooms and tour and guess what the queen was actually there! although she didn't join us for tea, the flag flying above the castle lets you know she is inside...cool!
you can't take pictures inside, but if you ever find yourself in England go to Windsor castle just to see queen Mary's doll house...everything in it is real! REAL working miniature ford cars, real plumbing and electricity, real waterford china, REAL miniature artworks reproduced by the Real artists...totally mind blowing!
another one from the inside courtyard of the castle.
the ROYAL BAND and guards were performing when we were there as well and of all things, they played the Rocky theme song and the theme music from Dallas (think Americans visit much...LOL!)
i just like this photo
then it was off to Stonehenge...it was so cold and windy i thought my fingertips were going to frostbite, however that didn't stop me from taking 30+ pictures of the big rocks!
and of course we had to take one of these! LOL!! still makes me laugh.
our final stop was Bath. i knew nothing about the history of this place but wow.
look at the inside of this abbey...
then next door are the 2000 year old Roman baths that function today with there original plumbing. they are bit contaminated right now apparently with some virus, but visualize.
on the final night i had to take a real london cab ride...i totally want one of these cars with the flip down seats!
we sat last night with my mom and the kids and ran through the whole trip over again as we played a slide show of the over 300 photos we took of the trip. we of course brought home souvenirs from each place and they each got the chance to see where and why their souvenir was from.
today, back to the real world again.