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England 2013

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Today we left our Elizabethan Hotel near Stratford, and drove a short way into the Cotswolds. This area is one of England’s favorite destinations, famous for hundreds of honey-colored limestone villages in beautiful rural settings. We stopped in a medieval village called Broad Way, and all loved walking the streets …

Our Hotel for two days is “Billesley Manor Hotel, about three miles outside of Stratford-upon-Avon. The first mention of the manor was in The Doomsday Book, the official royal survey ordered by William the Conqueror after he won the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Several historic events have occurred here. …

Today was really “Abbey” day. We got up early and drove to Wales to see the famed Tintern Abbey founded in 1131. It is on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, which makes up the border between Wales and England. It is set in a gorgeous river valley with …

This morning dawned clear and beautiful as we all met in the decorated tea room in the basement of our hotel for a full English breakfast. The hotel, built by the famed architect John Wood, occupies seven of the original 18th century townhouses on the south side of the much …

With sadness, we left Dartmouth around 9:00 in the pouring rain and drove for about two hours to the town of Glastonbury. The 12th century Glastonbury Abbey was a rich and powerful monastery for centuries. Surrounded by lovely green fields and grassy areas, we saw the famous Abbey that was …

Today we had a later start (10:00 am) but a longer bus ride. The weather committee did an incredible job and for the first time we saw sunshine today, which surprised even our guide. We drove for a couple of hours through hedgerows and hedgerows, on the tiniest of roads, …

This morning dawned with mist over the River Dart. Looking out our Hotel windows we all had a view of the ferry crossing the river, sailboats in the harbor, and sea gulls fishing along the water. Although the ferry was right below our rooms, it was pulled by two cables …

This morning we drove out of London around 8:30 in the morning. About an hour and  half later we came to the town of Winchester, once the ancient capital of Britain during the Roman times and after.  It was built on the River Itchen in the southwestern part of England. …

Originally this day was to be a completely free one, and each of us were going to go off on our own. But Sarah, our guide, found out that the House of Lords and the House of Commons were going to be at their party conferences out of London, so …

Today was a rather strenuous walking day. Everything we saw was within walking distance of our wonderful St. Ermin’s Hotel, but everything also required walking a lot inside buildings as well as outside. Our first stop was Buckingham Palace the home of the Queen. As we rounded the corner to …

Today we decided to change our plans and skip the Gardens at Hampton Court and spend more time at Windsor Castle. The Gardens were not in great shape according to our guide Sarah, since the flowers are on their way out of the summer season. So at 9:00 sharp we …

Saturday dawned bright and early with a short drive west from our Hotel, to the Tower of London, along the River Thames.  This Royal Palace and Fortress was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman conquest.  William the Conqueror built the White Tower that we can …

Leaving London at 8:45 this morning we had a lovely drive (after getting out of the traffic in London) through gorgeous countryside south through the county of Kent. On both sides of the road were golden fields of wheat and barley. Sheep were also scattered throughout the fields all along …

Welcome to our last trip in 2013!  We have a fabulous itinerary to look forward to for this trip. And of course so much of it has to include a lot of English history too! So we would love to share with you this England tour for two weeks, so …