S: WOODCOCK HONEYMOON UNITED KINGDOM 2012
FC: UNITED KINGDOM HONEYMOON 2012
2: Day 1: We arrived at 8:35, Monday morning, and was told not to sleep, so we hit the ground running. We stayed at the beautiful London Tower Hilton which was right across the Thames from the Tower of London. We visited each but saved the tour of the Tower until the next day and toured the bridge inside, out, up and down. | Close buildings near the bridge
4: Tower Bridge
6: We spent the better part of our morning & afternoon touring the Tower Bridge and engine room. By the time we made our way to the Tower, there wasn't much time left for tours or to see the Crown Jewels so we decided to save it for the next day and head down to Westminster and Big Ben to plan out our next day. We found this great pub next to the river and weren't there long when this guy struck up a conversation with me about my Georgia hat. It turned out that he was the manager of a band called The Cab. We hung out with the band for a few and they ended up buying us drinks to celebrate the wedding. A great first night in London!!
8: Big Ben & Parliament
10: Tower of London
11: Ledger of Receipts | During our visit to the Tower we learned a ton (or a pound). The Tower was once surrounded by a moat, it used to have a river entrance for the movement of criminals, it held a menagerie that consisted of two lions at one point and it's haunted with many headless victims. The queen still holds a residence there and we were able to see where poor Anne Boleyn was beheaded. They say that her eyes and lips were still moving when it hit the ground! It's also said that as long as there are ravens at the Tower the city will never fall....
12: Buckingham Palace
13: All walking and no stopping makes Heather not happy...
14: Westminster Abbey
16: Trafalgar Square | National Gallery
17: London Eye
18: Our last day in London we were lucky to be able to see The Globe. This building is not the original structure, nor is it built in the same location as the original. This building is based on plans of a "sister" of The Globe. It took several years to construct because they used all the tools and materials that they would have used back in that time period. All of the materials used in its construction are from different parts of the UK. They only preform during the summer and daylight hours and you can still buy seats in the groundlings area for the same price as it was to see a show during that time period | Our Tour Guide | The Globe
22: The Globe | Tate Modern | Picasso "Head of Woman"
23: Actual Monet "Waterlilies" | Actual Heather
24: On to Shrewsbury!!... We spend the second half of our honeymoon with my sister and her husband in the small town of Shrewsbury. It was about a two and a half hour train out into the country for some R&R from the hustle and bustle of London. Heather was all too ready for it since I dragged her all over the city the last couple of days!
26: Shrewsbury | Leave it to my sis to find a chocolate egg!!
28: My sis and Andy took us to the town of Ludlow for the day. It was a short car ride from Shewsbury and we got to see the market and they even had a castle! | Ludlow
32: We ended our last day in Shrewsbury enjoying the sun and unseasonably warm temps. Got to throw a little frisbee across the pond as well! After that, we were off to the Hilton at Heathrow for some final surprises and rest before out flight back home.
35: This book is for my wife on our one year anniversary. Thank you for making every day better than the one before and for bringing a happiness into my life that I couldn't imagine without you. This trip and these memories would not be possible without the love and help from our parents. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime and one we will never forget! ...and thank you Andy & Nikki for sharing your home and great friends with us. We miss you across the pond.