S: Lynn and Jon's Great Britain Adventure, Book 1 - May, 2011
FC: Lynn and Jon's Great Britain Adventure Book 1 May, 2011
1: Happy to be going......Trouble at the Airport.......First stages of despair...... Not enough beer in England........But, we made it!!!
2: Decked out in our Air Canada Night Wear. | Here's to Beautiful Bath, our first stop | The Assembly Inn, across the street - new found friends. | Streets of Bath near our apartment, including our 'favorite' Italian restaurant. | Lynn's ready for tea at Sally Lunn's. One of our modes of transport for the next five weeks...
3: One cannot go to Bath without visiting the Roman Baths....ancient and interesting. Brunch in the Pump Room and a drink of the 'waters',
4: Architecture of Bath is truly breathtaking. Curved buildings and numerous chimneys makes you feel you have stepped back in time. Lots of green and many, many hills.
5: Stonehenge left us speechless.....is everything you expected it to be and more.... Ancient cathedral in Salisbury and even more ancient cathedral in Wells...cannot imagine how those craftsmen were able to build these wonderful churches......
6: Welcome to Wales. What a beautiful country. Rob, 'our' tour guide, a very pleasant and knowledgeable guy will show us around the next few days. | Ruins of an Ancient Roman Garrison Barracks and Amphitheater in Caerleon. Next to Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abby The setting for the Abby was really beautiful and peaceful. A lovely sunny day as well!! | Back to Cardiff to tour the waterfront. The next morning we toured Cardiff Castle and Llandaff Cathedral, Swansea area, including a visit to Dylan Thomas Museum.
8: We leave the Cardiff/Swansea area and head up the Pembroke Coast. Visited small church at Worm's Head.
9: Town of St. David, with Cathedral Close and Bishop's Palace. | Nun's Retreat..dipped hands in sacred pool to ward off illness or ill omens
10: The seaside town of Tenby, beautiful colored houses and narrow streets. Where Henry V11 was smuggled off to France. | Solva Woolen Mills were still buzzing with excitement after Charles and Camilla dropped in to purchase carpets and wall hangings. We only purchased a couple of "seconds" coasters.
11: Last castle to visit in Wales...this time... Caerphilly Lynn tried to hold up the leaning tower while Jon checked out the trebuchet. | Lovely Portclew House our 'home' for two nights in Wales and the Dial Inn where we had our suppers....wonderful places, both of them.
12: Took train from Cardiff up to Shrewsbury. What a delightful, old town. Lots of interesting architecture.
13: Very interesting Military Museum.... it was a target for the IRA in the 90's......always another Pub! | Probably the smallest B & B we have ever stayed at...but it perfectly suited the town! | Time to get back on the train.... off to Whitley Bay...
14: First Class to Whitney Bay | Probably our best accommodation on the trip. Beautiful 2nd floor apartment in Whitley Bay overlooking the North Sea. | Watching divers undress, and the local football team during their victory parade.
15: Newcastle Metro from Whitley Bay to Newcastle, then train or bus to any destination in the area.
16: The walled town of York Interesting walk around the town. Both Lynn and Jon found good eats.
17: More scenes from York, including the Shambles. Lynn makes a new friend.
18: A change from train to bus at Hexham. | A visit to Hadrian's Wall. | Really beautiful countryside and the Roman Wall goes on forever. | The little bus dropped us of at various points along the wall where we could stop and walk or visit the museums.
20: In search of ancestors in Cockermouth. | The one day of the week the Registry Office was closed....so we searched the graveyard at the local church, but found no Taylors..dead or alive.......However, Jon did find the perfect spot to swap old stories....
21: We say farewell to Whitley Bay... and toddle off to Scotland.. The second half of our amazing trip is found in Book 2