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England 2012 Part 2

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FC: ENGLAND, 2012 | PART 2

1: ENGLAND, 2012 | PART 2

2: Gerald's garden still looked beautiful, despite the rain

3: Thursday, June 7th Another rainy day. In the afternoon we went to the Clark's Outlet Center, but I didn't buy much. I thought the stores prices were rather high. All I did today, was take some photos inside Gerald's. | The other orangery


5: I don't know what to call this room, but it has a library, wine storage and a fridge! | Gerald designed this attic access and the bathroom cupboards to hide the washer and dryer.

6: This was the bedroom where I stayed. It used to be the dining room | This was Karen's room. It was formerly the garage. She had stripped the bed before I got a photo! | Shawn and Lindsay slept here. It used to be the barn! | Part of the new bathroom

7: The living room ceiling has the original oak beams from 1610! The walls are about two feet thick! | Tudor fireplace with a loaf oven at the back | Door to the spiral staircase | The spiral staircase | Remodeled bathroom, 2nd floor | Door to the 3rd floor

8: Our last breakfast. Behave yourself, Karen! Gerald took us to Bristol airport in two shifts. Karen and Lindsay, first | Shawn, waited in the orangery | Whilst I took pictures of the garden | Friday, June 8th

9: We thought we had allowed plenty of time to get from Bristol Airport to Bristol Coach Station, but we were caught in a traffic jam, and only just made our second coach to go to Victoria where I went to pick up Lindsay's Oyster Card. Another rush to get back to the coach station for the coach to Stratford!

10: The Holiday Inn at Stratford City is locate in the Westfield shopping center

11: OUR EXECUTIVE ROOM! | Friday, June 8th to Tuesday June 12th

12: VIEWS FROM OUR WINDOW | The white millennium dome, renamed "O2" hosts concerts and exhibitions | The red "finger" called the Orbit is a sculpture/viewing platform. To the right is the Olympic stadium | The Olympic torch

13: A rooftop restaurant under construction | The white buildings at each entrance are security tents


15: The Queen, made out of jelly beans | Karen loved the English bacon!

16: Lindsay took this picture. I thought it looked like a wonderful impressionist's painting

17: And I took this. Both are at Stratford City

18: Tuesday, June 12th We left Stratford to go to the Holiday Inn at Elstree. Our journey there was a nightmare! We had to change trains at Tottenham Court Rd. No elevator, no escalator, only stairs! Kind people helped us with our luggage. When we reached High Barnet we had to wait ages for a bus. When we got off the bus we had quite a walk to the motel. We had two rooms here, and Josie, the food and beverage manager, brought in a fridge for us. We quickly became friends.

19: The food in the restaurant here was wonderful! Best of all, Karen's discount gave us 50% off, so we could afford to splurge. Lindsay enjoyed a whiz kid's burger which was huge. Karen and Shawn had steak, I had lamb.

20: Wednesday, June 13th Finally sun!! There wasn't much to do in Elstree so we walked to the bus stop, got a bus to High Barnet and the tube to Charing Cross station which is by Trafalgar Square. | Charing Cross station | St. Martin's in the field and the count down to the Olympics clock | The National Gallery | A contortionist street entertainer | London calling!

21: Shawn, bless her, shelled the peanuts. What spoiled pigeons! | T R A F A L G A R | S Q U A R E | Nelson's Column

22: Admiralty Arch, entrance to The Mall that leads to Buckingham Palace | The Strand

23: Monument to the women of World War II | 10, Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister, is behind these gates | "Monty", Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein | T | The Cenotaph | Big Ben, Westminster | WHITEHALL

24: WESTMINSTER BRIDGE | Karen had photo frames made as gifts for family and friends | Queen Boadicea

25: THE LONDON EYE | was built to celebrate the Millennium. I never rode it in 2000, and have been wanting to, ever since. Still, I was a little apprehensive as I don't like heights. Shawn and Lindsay don't like heights, either, and decided to wait on the ground. Before Karen and I embarked, we all watched a 4D movie, which was spectacular! Seagulls flew over our heads and hovered in front of our faces! First time we had witnessed 4D. Once on board the London Eye, I realized there was nothing to be scared of. It was a wonderful experience!

26: The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Bridge | County Hall | VIEWS FROM

27: St. Paul's Cathedral, Oxo Tower (front right) | The Shard, tallest building in Europe, 1016' | Charing Cross Station and the Golden Jubilee Bridge | Golden Jubilee Bridge (Hungerford Bridge) | THE LONDON EYE

28: Waterloo Bridge | The Embankment | Sir Joseph John (J.J.) Thomson 1856 - 1940 was a relative of mine. He was a physicist and in 1884 became Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge university. He won a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1906. and was knighted in 1908. He was Master of Trinity College, and held this position till he died. His son, George Paget Thomson also won a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1937, and was also knighted.

29: WESTMINSTER ABBEY | Sir J.J.'s gravestone, photographed by my friend, Nancy. I don't know how she managed it. No photos allowed when I was there! | Thursday, June 14th. Off to London again. This time we got a cab to High Barnet! Much better! | The Abbey has been the venue of coronations of English kings and queens since 1066. It is also used for royal weddings and funerals. Many monarchs are buried inside along with famous politicians, lords, dukes, artists, playwrights, poets and scientists. Sir Joseph John Thomson (1856 - 1940), a relative of mine, is buried there. He was a scientist. In 1884 he became Cavendish professor of Physics at Cambridge University. In 1906 he won a Nobel Prize for Physics, and was knighted in 1908. He became Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and remained there till he died. His son, George Paget Thomson was also a scientist. He, like his father, was knighted, and in 1937 he was also awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics.. He died in 1975. His sister, Joan, is still alive. 109 years old!

30: The Sanctuary by Westminster Abbey | Parliament Square. Note the Commonwealth flags. Here we ate our Tesco sandwiches and chatted with security guards | Northern line back to High Barnet except there were problems at Mornington Crescent which caused delays, and the train just sat in the Goodge Street station. I met an interesting artist, Miriam Elia. Her mother, Ruth Sallon went to Henrietta Barnett at the same time I did. Small world! The train finally started to move, but terminated at Finchley Central where we had to disembark and wait in the rain for the next train to High Barnet. Cab back and we arrived at the Holiday Inn at 10.05p.m., but Josie let us have dinner; the restaurant was really closed. | Friday, June 15th It was so cold and horribly windy, we just stayed in.

31: Saturday, June 16th A taxi to Boreham Wood & Elstree, then an overground train to Stratford. We changed at West Hampstead. | Lindsay and Karen tried to tightrope walk in front of the Holiday Inn | Karen danced with our waiter! | Karen enjoyed her chicken BLT! | Shawn loved her J.D. ribs! | T.G.I.F.'s

32: Sunday June 17th We rode the Jubilee line from Stratford to Waterloo where we changed to South West Trains (overground) to Hampton Court. | HAMPTON COURT PALACE

33: Hampton Court Palace is really two palaces in one. Henry VIII lived here and enlarged the palace in its original Tudor style. Later, (17th century) new residents William and Mary commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to rebuild the palace. They intended to demolish nearly all the Tudor palace and rebuild it in baroque style, but they ran out of money, so part of the palace is in baroque style, while the other part remains Tudor. | Henry VIII's astronomical clock | Left: Re-creation of the wine fountain built for Henry VIII in 1520 Right: Fountain Court (Baroque) | Right: Base court, (Tudor) being set up for a Van Morrison concert that evening | We enjoyed an excellent audio tour and Karen and I wore Tudor long velvet robes supplied to us.

34: East Front (Baroque) | South Front (Baroque) | Horse-drawn carriage rides


36: Catherine of Aragon - divorced | Anne Boleyn - beheaded | Jane Seymour - died | Anne of Cleves - divorced | Catherine Howard - beheaded | Catherine Parr - survived | H E N R Y V I I I | H I S S I X W I V E S

37: Henry VIII | The Great Hall where Henry VIII lavishly entertained | The Horn Room | Actors portrayed Henry and his wives for tourists


39: The magnificent King's staircase in the baroque part of the palace

40: THE GEORGIAN PRIVATE APARTMENTS | The Queen's private drawing room | The Queen's bath chamber

41: River Thames at Hampton Court | The Albion pub where we ate dinner. Behave yourself, Karen!! Dogs are allowed in pubs, and this cute spaniel kept begging for a bite to eat! | I fell asleep on the train and they were mean to me, sticking bits of paper on my nose!

42: Monday, June 18th | This was our last day in London. Luckily, the weather was fine and we went to Leicester Square to get tickets for the open air bus tour. Close by were preparations for the premiere of Spiderman in 3D to be held that evening. On the bus, we sat upstairs for the best views. Earphones were included for a commentary as we toured. Karen really loved this sightseeing bus ride. | Escalators at Waterloo Station | Back to Stratford City

43: The Law Courts in The Strand | Temple Bar Memorial | Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub | St. Paul's Cathedral | Fleet Street | Fleet Street

44: The Royal Exchange. Note the Gherkin behind | Tower Bridge | The Monument - commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666 | Our open air bus tour | The Tower of London | The Shard

45: Olympic rings under Tower Bridge for display during the Olympics | Queen Victoria memorial at Buckingham Palace | Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall | Above: Piccadilly Circus and Eros Left: The Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly Right: Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly

46: Wellington Arch | The Royal Albert Hall | The Albert Memorial | Harrod's

47: Hyde Park: Horse's head statue | Marble Arch | Karen photographing | Lindsay and her Spiderman posters | At Leicester Square we ate dinner at Yates pub next to the area where the Spiderman premiere had been held. Outside, from a large van, someone was distributing huge mounted Spiderman posters. Karen helped unload and got two posters for Lindsay, who was the envy of the crowd! She reluctantly parted with them when we realized we would never get them on the train, let alone the plane! She kept two smaller ones. In the underground Karen pretended to strum the poster mimicking the guitarist behind her. | Karen, strumming

48: We took the tube back, but I stayed on the train for two more stops to Leytonstone where there was a huge Tesco. I spent over 46 pounds on: Oxos, herbs, chocolate and more chocolate and 21 of the super insulated totes with velcro closures which boasted the Union Jack and the words: "The Great British Summer" printed on them. Obviously the tote designer wasn't referring to this June's weather! | Tuesday, June 19th | We had changed our flight to a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Chicago, eliminating our trip to New York, and allowing us to return earlier to St. Louis. We had a couple of tube changes en route to Heathrow, but at Baron's Court all we had to do was stay on the same platform and change to the Piccadilly Line. At Heathrow, we arrived late and it was a terrible rush. When we got to the gate the plane door had been closed. Karen started crying. They re-opened the plane for us, so nice of them! | One bus and one train later I was back at the Holiday Inn. It was close to 11 p.m. and Lindsay and Shawn were at the concierge desk looking for me. (Actually, I think this was an excuse to chat with Perry, the concierge they both liked.) Earlier they had given him the two Spiderman posters for his little (8 year old) brother. | At Chicago my luggage never arrived. Only mine was missing! We had a long wait for our next flight, but despite this we nearly missed it! We had had some really stressful moments, but we made it home safely, and that's all that mattered! It was great to see Dawn waiting to greet us at Lambert Field. We, and our luggage filled her SUV, but luckily her vehicle was big enough so we only had one trip home to my house. | When we got home, the garage floor was full of water. I feared Karen's van's radiator had sprung a leak, but when I opened the house door I found the closet ceiling had collapsed and the upstairs hall bath was flooded. Nice homecoming. No luggage and a flood! But that's another story. | Fortunately, my luggage showed up three or four days later!

49: Shawn and Lindsay seemed fascinated with signs!

50: This album made possible by our enthusiastic photographers!

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