S: U.K. and Eruope 2011
BC: The End (Volumn 1) | Having a wonderful time Wish you were here.
FC: Jesse and Judy's Great Adventure | June 2011 | England, France and Belgium
1: St.Katherine's Marina The view from our balcony | Tower Bridge on the left....beautiful by night
2: Tower Bridge | Many people think this is the London Bridge but London Bridge is the next bridge up the river.
3: It took 11 years and 432 construction workers to build tower bridge in 1894. It contains 11 tons of steel in the framework and is clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone.
6: The Tower of London and Castle
11: Actors in period costume roamed the tower site, performing skits. Oblivious to the presence of the tourists they acted out skits depicting events which took place hundreds of years ago.
13: View of the Tower from the Thames
14: The Tower of London was a royal residence as well as a military stronghold in the Middle Ages. These rooms were built and used by King Henry 111 (1216-1272) and his son King Edward 1 (1272-1307)
15: Wakefield tower is one of the oldest parts of the medieval palace. The building was begun in the 1220's for Henry 111, Edward the 1st's father. It was part of a grand new riverside lodging for the King and Queen. This important chamber was separated from the small private chapel by a wooden screen. The replica painted decoration, texztiles, screen and throne are inspired by authentic 13th century manuscript illuminations and descriptions in ancient documents.
17: In 1471 a later King Henry was murdered here while praying in this chapel . As well, King Henry the V1 was imprisoned here during the War of the Roses. He died here under suspicious circumstances. Since 1923 the Ceremony of the Lilies and Roses has been held here on the evening of May 21st every year. It is attended by representatives from Eton and King's College, both founded by this king.
18: Our First London Meal......What else?? Fish and Chips !!
19: Borough Market
20: Pub Crawl | The Globe was the only pub we found that had any Canadian Rye. They said it had been sitting on the shelf for years....funny!
24: This Club is built into the arch of an old bridge as are a lot of pubs in London. Inside the entire ceiling is one huge brick arch....beautiful! There was a mezzanine on the upper floor which looked down to a grand piano and a two man jazz duo.....very nice!
25: If you look over my left shoulder you will see what has come to be the most bizarre thing Jesse has ever seen. There is a young black man in the booth with his girlfriend. He is wearing some sort of white fur hat with ears attached. They are long loppy ears like one would see on a dog. If he were to turn around, one would see a face painted like a dog. The makeup was very elaborate and very strange. Needless to say...Jesse was so freaked out by him that I was not allowed to talk about it. Ha Ha | The Archduke | The food here was really great. I had chicken with mustard sauce. I ranked it as the second best meal I had in England.
26: Waterloo Station
27: a day in Windsor
29: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
30: One of the things on our to do list while in England was to have high tea and what better place than Windsor, in a lovely old hotel. We were served a three tiered tray of amazing finger sandwiches, including the obligatory cucumber sandwich, along with the most decadent tarts and sweets and of course what would tea be without scones with jam, curd and clotted cream. I have to say it was the best tea I've ever had and I think perhaps it will tie for the best meal I had in England.
31: Carpenter's house was built in 1518. The Crooked house, opposite Carpenter's, was built the same year and was originally a butcher shop. The cellars of the Carpenter's house have many underground passages to Windsor Castle which for obvious reasons were bricked up in the 19th century.
32: Having a gin at the Carpenter's House | Two Windsor Bobbies who were coerced into getting their pictures taken by a third Bobbie who didn't want to be in the picture | Beautiful carved statues everywhere. | When these shops say 1645, that's exactly when they were built. | The Union Jack was on display everywhere. | The Windsor & Eton Train Station...very small
33: The Gates at Buckingham Palace.
35: Covent Garden
36: Beware of the Statue of a Roman Soldier ?
37: At Covent Garden
38: This is Sir Francis Drake's 16th century galleon, The Golden Hinde. . Drake was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. He was the first to sail around the world and was the first European to see the west coast of Canada. Queen Elizabeth 1 ordered the ship be preserved and it became the world's first maritime museum. Drake was knighted aboard this ship in 1581. Her permanent berth is by London Bridge on the Thames. | The Golden Hinde
41: The Amazing Architecture of The City of Oxford
42: This narrow circular stairway is the only way into the attic. There is no other way in or out so it makes it very difficult for tourists and staff. | This is the operating table in the operating theater. I t had a large skylight and until 1847 operations were performed without anaesthetic. | preserved body parts. | Medical instruments from the turn of the century. Frightening! | This museum certainly provided a memorable experience. A most unusual place, a place lost in the past. The museum is found at the top of a rickety old circular staircase in the barn-like roof space of St. Thomas' Church. Its origins date to medieval times and was begun by Augustinian monks and nuns to provide shelter and medical treatment to the homeless and sick of Southwark. In the 1500s Richard (Dick) Wittington endowed a ward for unmarried mothers. Very rare compassion for those days. At the end of the 17th century, the hospital was largely rebuilt and in 1822 part of the herb garret was converted into an operating theater. In 1859 Florence Nightingale set up her famous nursing school on this site. In 1871 the hospital was moved to Lambeth where it operates to this day. The old operating theater was subsequently boarded up in the roof of the church and remained there undisturbed until 1956 when Raymond Russell, doing historic research, discovered it in the attic.
43: "I do remember an apothecary... And in his shop a needy tortoise hung, An alligator stuff'd and other skins Of ill-shaped fishes: and about his shelves A beggarly account of empty boxes, Green earthen pots, bladders and musty seeds, Remnants of packthread and old cakes of roses, Were thinly scatter'd To male up a show." William Shakespear from Romeo and Juliet
44: Thames River Cruise
46: A Few More Marvelous
47: Drinking Holes
48: Westminster | London Neighbourhoods
49: Soho | Chinatown | Trafalger
50: Westminster Abby and Big Ben
51: Other Points of Interest | Just another of London's fabulous pubs. This one pays homage to Lewis Carrol. | Millenium Bridge, London's onlu pedestrian bridge opened in June 2000. and was closed days later because it wobbled badley. two years and millions of pounds later the bridge was reopemed. | This museum was very interesting as it had a great display about the origins of London Bridge but the dungeon part was more a carnival fright house. Great for a laugh though. | The Great Fire of London started at the bakery of Thomas Farriner (or Farynor) on Pudding Lane, shortly after midnight on Sunday, 2 September, 1666. | The Monument, to the great fire is a 202 ft (61.57 metre) tall stone Roman Doric column.. It was constructed between 1671 and 1677 and is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. | The London Eye is a giant 135-metre (443 ft) tall Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames. It rotates at 26 cm (10 in) per second so that one revolution takes about 30 minutes.
52: St Pauls Cathedral
53: Churchill''s War Museum
54: Visiting the Cotswolds was a dream come true. We hired a private taxi to drive us around to the villages and I have to say, no picture of the Cotswolds could ever do them justice . The first villages on our tour were Burford and Bibury. Almost all of the buildings in these villages are made of stone and had roofs made of stone. Some of the roofs were very wavy from the weight of the stone on the timber. There were flowers and tea shops everywhere. | The Beautiful Cotswolds
56: Bibury | Arlington Row | Stone Roof
60: Bourton on the Water
61: The Slaughters
63: I had always dreamed of seeing the Cotswolds and I can honestly say that they did not disappoint. As I have said , these pictures can not possibly do justice to the beauty of the villages or the countryside.
64: This was the beginning of our two day adventure on "the Continent". We hired Anne Mark, who speaks many languages and knows the area, to drive us through Northern France and into Brugges Belgium. As you'll see by the pictures, Anne was great. We regarded her as a girl friend. She fit in so well with us that it was like we had known her a long time. These pictures are of our arrival at and boarding the Chunnel to Calais. The chalk drawing on the side of the hill was at the entrance to the Chunnel. | At right is the actual Chunnel car. You drive into a boxcar like compartment with four other vehicles and they close the doors at both ends. While traveling you feel absolutely nothing. There is no sense of movement just a slight rocking on occasion. Thirty-five minutes later you are in France. "Brilliant" as Anne would say! I can't begin to tell you how beautiful the French countryside is. Multi shades of green rolling hills dotted here and there with cows and sheep and whole fields and ditches scattered with red poppies. As you travel along you come upon an ancient farm in the curve of the road and as happened to us, you see a farmer and his wife herding a few cows across the road.. Like a scene in a storybook and absolutely beautiful.
65: Northern France | In Flanders Fields By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. | Now I truly know what John McCrae was visualizing when he wrote this beautiful poem.
66: Driving through Northern France, through the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen we chanced upon a road sign for a Canadian war cemetery. Anne, our wonderful tour guide asked if we'd like to go see it so she asked directions at a little store, who's name was "Au Relais Des Canadiens". This little cemetery, meticulously kept, was the final resting place of 157 young Canadian soldiers who survived D-Day on June 6th, only to be cut down 3 months later in September. The cemetery overlooks the most beautiful, serene country farmland with sheep grazing in an adjoining field and about 100 yards away one can see the German pill boxes, a reminder of what happened there. At the entrance to the cemetery, on either side of the gate are stone gate houses in which stone carved tablets tell the story of the men buried there. In one of the gate houses there is a little door on the wall in which a journal is kept. As a visitor you can write your name, your Country and a comment about your visit there. There were many signatures from Canada and all over the world there but the comments from the French and Belgium visitors were the ones which brought a lump to your throat and tears of pride to your eyes. It was obvious from their heartfelt comments that they would be forever grateful for the sacrifice of those 157 young Canadians. A very moving experience.
67: Cimetie're Canadien
68: Driving along the northern coast of France was absolutely breathtaking. You could see the sea from the top of the hilly countryside and the fields, dotted with grazing sheep and cows, were like a quilt of many colors. The first little village we stopped in to eat was Desvres. Jesse had seafood salad which came with prawns with heads still attached. I was not that adventurous so Anne and I opted for the ommelette. | What we found amazing was that the French, have a "time out" after lunch and so they all close up their shops to go home and have a meal and a nap before returning to their work. While we were in the restaurant the family all sat down for their meal as soon as we were served. We broused several pottery shops while here and apparently the name of Desvres is synonymous with beautiful earthenware pottery, known the world over for centuries | Fr
75: Montreuil Sur Mer | A medieval walled city
77: Montreuil Sur Mer (by the sea)is surrounded by medieval ramparts, part of the reinforcement work of the famed French military engineer Vauban from his fortification of Northern France in the 17th Century. | Montreuil was the setting for much of the early part of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables.
78: Such amazing architecture
79: off to Belgium
80: Remarkably well-preserved and wonderfully beautiful, The city of Brugge is in West Flanders Belgium and I have to say it is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. It is known as the "Venice of the North" as it is built around many canals and it's medieval market place and city square are beautifully intact. | Beautiful Brugge Belgium
81: These pictures are of our beautiful hotel, the "Hotel Bourgoensch Hof" which was right along the canal. The view on the left facing page is our view from our window. Breathtaking by night as seen on the next two pages. Other pictures are of the courtyard outside the hotel and the view straight across from our room which shows the "Duc de Bourgogne", a fantastic hotel restaurant where we ate our first meal in Brugge. The somewhat triangular addition to the hotel that juts into the water was the dining room and the windows opened on to the beautiful canal view.
86: We found this amazing restaurant just across the canal from our hotel. The V shaped white building which juts over the water in most of the canal photos is this restaurant. The interior walls were covered in Flemish paintings and I have to say it was by far the most opulent restaurant I have ever seen. | Duc de Bourgogne
87: Before our meal we were served our drinks along with little shrimp toasts and cheese straws. I had the sole in butter sauce with capers and Jesse had bouillabiasse. Fantastic food and our waiter introduced us to a Belgium liguor called Aqua de Antwerp. I must say that the drinks in Belguim tasted very potent and after only a couple of Bicardi I was feeling very sociable and had a lovely chat with a young Swiss who was seated at the next table. This was a fabulous beginning to our stay in Brugge. I found it very much like Drambui but without the burn.
88: The photo on the left is of the bartender at a little bar we found near our hotel. His name was Kohn, pronounced "Coon" and he was a real fan of Michael Buble, Nat Cole and Dean Martin. This music was blaring from a jukebox inside the little bar. He spoke impeccable English and it was he who explained to me that Belgiums serve their patrons a double shot of spirits which was surely an "ahha" moment for me. We had a couple of drinks here before I was dragged back to the hotel by Jesse. The other pictures are of our fantastic breakfast at the Hotel Bourgoensch Hof. Fresh breads, cheeses and hams, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt and sweet breads. We sat at the little table overlooking the canal. How devine!
89: These photos were taken while on a cruise down the canals. We had to duck under some of the bridges | One of my favorite pictures | A dog's life | A door on the canal
92: At the fish market in Brugge we stopped to admire the variety of fresh sea food that the fish mongers had laid out on the marble slabs which comprised the market stall. Anne pointed out that this market was constructed in medieval times from marble so as to keep the food cold as there wasn't any refridgeration when the market was built.. While there, Anne suggested we try a salted herring. Jesse, being the more adventurous eater was quite up for the experience but I declined and opted to snap the picture. The herring are raw, layered in salt and eaten with a bit of chopped onion. The procedure Anne pointed out was to hold it by the tail with your finger nails and slide | it down your throat. The two of them agreed it was delightful! There were also lobster and crab, tiny prawns to try and whelks, a snail which I first saw in Scotland. The Scottish variety were much smaller and I have since learned that they are called perriwinkles or winkles. The Belgium whelks were large and quite gross actually but eaten the same way as in Scotland, with a needle to pull them out of their shells. There were also what appeared to be fish skeletons. They looked liked fish which had lain out on a hot beach for days and slowly decomposed and dried out. I neve did ask about them and what they were but they were very strange looking. | The Great Herring Swallow
93: The Beautiful Buildings Surrounding The Market Square. | In the centre left photo you can see the entry to the market square. The top left photo shows the market side of the entrance and the beautiful facade of one of the buildings which surround the square. | The building in the top left photo is the Old Civil Registry in renaissance style. (1534-1537). The decorative bronze statues represent Justice, Moses and Aaron. | Photo above right is of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Conink, who led their people against the French in the thirteenth century. | City Square/Grote Markt, Brugge