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Title: Great Britain Trip
Post by: Claremont Dude on September 18, 2016, 10:58:59 PM
My wife and I took a trip for 14 days at the end of July thru August this year to Great Britain. We met my son who flew in from Japan (where he is in his 3rd year of teaching English in the JET program) to travel with us. We visited many sites in England and Scotland. Here are just a few pictures:

I have always wanted to visit Stonehenge.
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Of course I couldn't resist going into the Orvis Fly Shop located in Bath.
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Edinburgh Castle overlooking the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Simply fantastic. We took a tour of the castle.
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Looking down at Edinburgh from the castle. The body of water is the 'Firth of Forth'.
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Glencoe, in the Scottish Highlands. We also visited Loch Ness (Nessie sends her best). Unfortunately I didn't get to do any fishing!
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Kensington Palace and gardens in London (we also took a tour inside the palace).
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Trafalgar Square in London.
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On the grounds of Christchurch college in Oxford, England.
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The actual student dining hall at Christchurch college. You may recognize the dining hall from one of the Harry Potter movies which was filmed here.
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Blenheim Palace, outside of Oxford, where Winston Churchill was born and raised.
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Of course we visited all the other standard tourist destinations in London - Big Ben, the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace (Wow, what a tour!), Victoria & Albert Museum, Hyde Park, Harrod's, the Churchill War Rooms, The British Museum and the Portobello Market. Even made in to Greenwich, England on a boat trip up the Thames River. It was our first trip to Great Britain and we thoroughly enjoyed it, but especially getting to spend time with our son who we hadn't seen in person for three years!
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: Packer on September 19, 2016, 09:58:40 AM
Pip-Pip, nice trip!
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: Little Hardrock on September 19, 2016, 02:06:59 PM
hey.... are you following me?   :). 

if you loved your trip even a tenth as much as i loved mine, you had a grand time!

good to see your pics!
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: RockToad on September 19, 2016, 02:46:15 PM
Fantastic pictures!!!  I was there about 15 years ago and saw many of the same places.  Wow!!!
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: wshawkins on September 19, 2016, 02:57:15 PM
Great Trip!  Hope to go there someday.  Our family is planning an Germany, Austria and Switzerland trip hopefully next year.  Been to Germany before and that was great.   
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: Big Steve on September 19, 2016, 05:10:51 PM
How was the food?I've heard mixed reports from others. Probably no taco shops?
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: Claremont Dude on September 19, 2016, 05:15:53 PM
How was the food?I've heard mixed reports from others. Probably no taco shops?

The food was great!! From pasties, to meat pies, fish & chips, full English Breakfast, and even surprisingly enjoyed Haggis in Scotland. The one thing that surprised me was that you can't get iced tea almost anywhere. If you ask for it they look at you like you are crazy!! However, that was easily remedied by just getting a "pint"! And actually, we did have Mexican food one night for dinner in Edinburgh. It wasn't half bad.
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: playingmenace on September 19, 2016, 06:27:14 PM
Great shots!
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: John Harper on September 20, 2016, 07:57:56 AM
I visited Stonehenge as a kid in the 1970's.  Back then, you could walk around the stones, touch them, sit on them.  Looks like they stopped people from doing that, since it looks like all grass grown in around them now.  Used to be decomposed granite around them.   Thanks for sharing.


John
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: Claremont Dude on September 20, 2016, 10:17:30 AM
I visited Stonehenge as a kid in the 1970's.  Back then, you could walk around the stones, touch them, sit on them.  Looks like they stopped people from doing that, since it looks like all grass grown in around them now.  Used to be decomposed granite around them.   Thanks for sharing.


John

Yes, there is only a path around them now. They recently built a visitor center about 1/2 mile away. That's where you park and get bussed in. Actually, I think it is nicer that way. You can actually get pictures of Stonehenge without too many people in the way.
Title: Re: Great Britain Trip
Post by: SN on October 03, 2016, 12:50:33 PM
a bit late but great report and pictures