S: European Trip 2011 UK/Wales/Belgium April 21, 2011 to May 1, 2011
BC: The End
FC: Castle's and Cathedral's
2: Day One - Friday- While Jefty napped Sonja walked around St John's Wood High Street and Regent's Park with Bob and Charlotte then we all took the subway to Green Park and the Tube to Buckingham Palace . We walked through St James Park. Then passed Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Parliament and crossed the Westminster Bridge towards "The Eye." We walked to the Waterloo Station Tube to cross the river and took the Number 13 bus home from the Strand. We saw the National Gallery, Piccadilly Circle down Regents Street on the bus.
4: The city was all ready for "the wedding" but alas we did not go
5: The Flags were out on Regents Street
6: Bob and Charlotte's Flat Day 2-Saturday We took the Tube to the Tower of London and saw Watergate where Sir Thomas Moore was beheaded. Then walked back to The Eye where Jefty and I had tickets. We walked past Westminster Abbey again on the way to Churchill's bunker. Fish and Chips for lunch then the British Museum. Dinner at a Mediterranean Restaurant and on to see "The Mouse Trap" at a London Theatre
7: Tour Guides (No longer for Hire)
8: London Eye Pop: approx 15,000,000
10: "The Eye"
11: Big Ben and Parliament
12: Westminster Abbey
14: An Original Pass to Churchill's Bunker Downing Street guards | Day Three-Sunday- Visited the church of Christ at King's Cross. We met Peter Bentley and Clive Wilson. Had a wonderful Lunch at Bob and Charlotte's flat then off to Camden Market through Primrose Hill and back through Regents Park.
15: One of the real highlight for us was to visit with the saints that meet here
16: Camden Market
18: Day 4-Monday We drove to Windsor Castle
19: The Queen comes here on weekends. The castle is still a home.
21: After leaving Windsor Castle we drove to Winchester. We checked into "The Glifford House" and then walked to High Street. We ate lunch at 'The Old Vine" then toured the Winchester Cathedral. Construction of the cathedral began in 1079. Later from 1906–1912 William Walker, a diver , saved the building from total collapse by working everyday, six hours a day in total darkness at depths up to 20 feet.
22: Winchester Catherdral
25: The camera dropped and broke and we bought a new one then walked back to the B and B and drank tea in the Library.
26: Sites from the walk back.
27: Day 5-Tuesday The next Morning we drove to Pre-historic Stonehenge
28: Jefty is convinced this is a playground for some rich king's children
30: Then we drove on to Bath. The Romans built a temple there around 50 AD. The temple was dedicated to Sul, a Celtic god and Minerva the Roman goddess of healing
31: The construction of the Bath's was taking place during the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD
33: The Cathedral next door to the Roman Baths was built in 973AD.
34: From Bath we drove to Wales and stayed the night at The Green Dragon | Jefty had rabbit, pigeon and quail eggs. His best meal.
37: Day 6-Wednesday Castles in ruins First Stop North Wales-Conwy Castle Built between 1283-1289
38: Last castle of Edward I 1295. It was never finished
39: Drove to Beaumaris Castle
40: Arrived in Caernarfon late on Wednesday and had dinner at "Tony's" and spent the night at the Victoria House | Day 7-Thursday Visited Caernarfon Castle. That afternoon we drove thru Snowdonia back to London
42: Work on the castle began in 1283. Edward I son was born here and dubbed the Prince of Wales | setting a precedent which led to Prince Charles 1969 investiture as the current Prince of Wales
44: Day 8-Friday Eurostar to Brussels and a local train to Bruge | Walked to the Hotel Mallebery where we spent that night
46: Day 9-Saturday Jefty climbed the Market Tower while the others spent the time talking to a local gentleman that gave us the city's history. Road the boat through the canal and found a church built in the 900's.
48: We went to the cathedral in Bruge and then took the train back to London. Jefty really liked the pulpit. The next day we flew back home. The trip was all we imagined and more.