S: England 2010
1: June 12,2010 We arrived at London's Heathrow airport at 7:30 am - 2:30 a.m. our time. After an 8 hour flight, little to no sleep, and a hair-raising taxi ride to the Park Plaza County hotel, we dropped off our luggage and headed out into the city.
3: At the base of each clock face on Big Ben in gilt letters is the Latin inscription: “DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM” Which means 'O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First'. | Big Ben was just over the bridge from our hotel. | The view walking through Green Park.
4: By the time Henry finished his building works at Hampton Court Palace in about 1540, the palace was one of the most modern, sophisticated and magnificent in England. | Hampton Court Palace
5: the Privy Garden
6: Hampton Court Palace | "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine | the Pond Gardens
7: the Maze | "King Henry VIII & Katharine Parr" | Wine Fountain | Portrait of King Henry VIII
8: The Tower of London Even after climbing an incredible amount of stairs, we still kept finding more things to see at the Tower - the Crown Jewels, suits of armor, medieval fortresses, and inscriptions carved in stone by prisoners kept in the tower during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. | London Bridge | The White Tower
9: Bell Tower | Legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress. | Astrological chart carved by a prisoner during the 1500's | William the Conqueror began building the White Tower in the 1070's
10: London | Wicked | Kensington Palace | Globe Theater | Prince Albert Memorial
11: Trafalgar Square | London has so much to see and do. We saw King Henry VIII at Shakespeare's Globe Theater and Wicked at the Apollo Theater, had tea at the Orangery behind Kensington Palace, visited the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square, toured the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, visited the Prince Albert Memorial , went shopping at Harrods and watched England vs. the USA in the World Cup as we enjoyed some great pubs. | The Audley Pub | Buckingham Palace | Harrods | London has a recorded history that goes back over 2,000 years.
12: Windsor Castle | the Round Tower
13: St. George's Cathedral | The Chapel is a Royal Peculiar, that is, a chapel which is not subject to a bishop or archbishop but which owes its allegiance directly to the Sovereign.
14: The original castle was built by William the Conqueror in the 1070s. It's the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. | We caught our second glimpse of the Queen as the Royals were leaving Windsor Castle to go to Ascot.
15: "It isn't how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable - it's how you spend the time." | England | Where else could you eat ice cream outside of a 2000 year old castle?
16: Stonehenge | "Where you believe there is magic...you will find it."
17: Salisbury Cathedral | Stonehenge was our last day trip. We took a tour of the countryside and visited the nearby town of Salisbury.
18: "Memories remind us of the roads we have traveled and the people we have loved."