S: The Bracknells Do Great Britain - 2011
BC: The weary voyagers head home.
FC: The Bracknells Do Great Britain 2011
1: Some of our first stops in London - Christina as a mere commoner in front of Kensington Palace, birthplace of Queen Victoria and former home of Princess Diana while Mike celebrates our country's first president with a pose outside of the National Gallery.
2: An abbreviated tour of Edinburgh (the trials of luggage storage) nonetheless yielded a magnificent tour of the Royal Mile, tastings of Scottish whiskey and some new friends.
3: Views from our tour of York - Mike standing guard over Roman tombs, views of the Roman and medieval wall and Christina in front of St. Mary's Abbey, another victim of Henry VIII.
4: York Minster - the largest Gothic church north of the Alps where we attend and an Evensong service. | Mike on our guided tour of York -– walking along 12th century walls and in front of Monk Bar, a medieval version of a toll booth-fort combo.
5: The Shambles - a preserved medieval street mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book, formerly home to York's butchers –now a bastion for tourists like us.
6: At the Castle Museum in York - posing with period rooms and testing out ancient weaponry.
7: More poses in the York Castle Museum, not the result of any participation in the London rioting.
8: Loving it in Aquae Sulis - Roman name for Bath. Mike with views of the Roman temple's pediment. Two goddesses? Christina and the bronze head of Minerva, whom the temple was dedicated to. We left some coins in the fountain too - they probably won't end up in a display like these.
9: Does this even need a caption? Think our smiles say it all.
10: Bath - through the eyes of a Jane Austen residence-stalking, pastry-eating, amateur photographer of impressive architecture she doesn't really understand. Nice close-up, though, courtesy of her own Mr. Darcy.
11: Corseting and hoop-skirting it up; posing with the J. Lo Versace dress and continuing the Jane Austen theme with costumes from Sense and Sensibility. | Torturing the husband - costume edition. Christina loving it at Bath's Fashion Museum while Mike plays photographer.
12: Views from our City walking tour - Clockwise from top - The Australia House or Gringotts for non-muggles; Temple Bar's depiction of Queen Victoria receiving permission to enter the City from Westminster; | Mike as his best Knight Templar outside of Temple Churh & 1586 statue of QEI aside St. Dunstan Church,
13: More views from the City - St. Paul's in the distance, Mike underneath a thankfully not falling down London Bridge... | and outside of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Tavern - a favorite of Charles Dickens.
14: Tower of London - Mike at Traitor's Gate and listening to the Beefeater's tour.
15: Trying on various wartime apparel at Winston Churchill's Britain at War Experience which included a simulated air raid.
16: A major highlight of the trip, taking in a show, Anne Boelyn, at the Globe. The groundlings tickets were only 5 quid and included this fancy sunhat.
17: After our tour of Westminster Abbey - so remarkable that it even impressed Mike.
18: Views from the Thames - Blues skies, Big Ben and the Bracknells
19: Some treasures of the British Museum - Mike slightly repulsed by an Egyptian mummy while Christina continues her goddess theme with sculpture from the east pediment of the Parthenon.
20: Afternoon Tea at the National Cafe in London... | Some scenes of us doing what we do best- eating and drinking...
21: Mike pursuing his exploration of England's Fish and Chip culture in York, London and Bath... | Mike with his first pint in London... A little bit of home - found in Bath.