S: Essential Britain - Greg & Joan Joseph
FC: Essential Britain | September 14-28, 2011
1: Arrived at the Park Plaza Westminster ready to explore London... | Parliament and Big Ben were just across the bridge!
2: Hopped on the "Eye" for our first look at London - breathtaking! Then crossed the bridge to explore the treasures within Westminster Abbey | Westminster Abbey
3: Wandered around Trafalgar Square. Went into St. Martin In The Field and the National Gallery. Check out the smallest police station(above right)
4: Tea & a tour of Buckingham Palace!
5: On to Harrod's for shopping, lunch & a ride on the Egyptian escalator | It just doesn't get any better than this!
6: Took the Beefeater's guided tour of the Tower of London | One of the famous tower ravens
7: Crossing over Tower Bridge | Black Friar Pub | Punch Tavern | Globe Tavern
8: ...then on to Salisbury - just in time for their food festival - ginger wine, local cheeses, pasties and more! | Our Globus tour begins with a stop at Stonehenge...
9: Breath-taking vistas for miles and miles, wild ponies, wild sheep and a desolate beauty all its own | Next, a visit to the Dartmoor village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor and its Cathedral of the Moor c.1253
10: Land's End "the end of the earth" Amazing, majestic views of the British coastline - the cliffs, the waves, the moors | St. Michael's Mount | Plymouth harbor
11: St. Ives | "As I was going to St. Ives..."
12: A close-up of the naturally hot, bubbly spring waters that still feed the spa | The Roman Baths, or Aquae Sulis - an awe-inspiring trip back in time
13: Rode through "The Circus" - a famous circle of Georgian townhouses | Walked the labyrinth in Glastonbury | Bath Abbey | This sculpture reads: Bishop Oliver King
14: Roman amphitheater | Chester's best gingerbread treats! | Chester | 13th Century "Rows" | Two views of Queen Victoria's Jubilee Clock on the Old City Wall
15: A beautiful ride through the countryside and an unforgettable evening of food, drink and Welsh entertainment at Cardiff Castle - | Wales
16: Liverpool: The Beatles! Visited the Cavern Club where it all began and toured The Beatles Experience
17: Traveled through the Lake District to Grassmere and the smallest house in England as well as the burial site of William Wordsworth. Then, on to Scotland! | First stop in Scotland: Gretna Greene, famous for weddings performed by the village blacksmith
18: The Highlands
19: Caught Mallaig ferry to Isle of Skye. Visited Armadale Castle & Museum of the Isles | Isle of Skye
20: More of Scotland... | A ski lift in the Highlands! | R.L. Stevenson wrote Treasure Island in this house | Castle Eilean Doran "Most photographed castle in Scotland" (Highlander)
21: St. Andrew
22: Inside & around Edinburgh Castle | Site of the last hanging in Scotland
23: Hogwart's inspiration | Holyrood Palace - Scottish home of the Royal family | More of Edinburgh
24: Back in England... a visit to Alnwick Castle, home of the Duke of Northumberland... | lunch stop! | ...then a stop at a small section of Hadrian's Wall
25: Last official night of the tour spent in York Lots to explore - walked along the Roman Wall (circa 70 AD) around the town
27: Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's birthplace... | Ann Hathaway's cottage | ...our last stop before returning to London...