Trip to Great Britain- Part 1

We had the privilege to go the Great Britain which is England, Scotland and Wales all on the same island which is about that size of Oregon in the US.

We decided to do a bus tour as we didn’t want to have to drive. Most of our companions were US citizens as well. Most were on their first bus tour and one of their first trips outside of the US. We had a good time getting to know all of them. I think we were only 34 people.

We picked the tour because it went to 3 countries, England, Scotland and Wales. I think we traveled a little over 1,400 miles. We had a tour guide and a bus driver. So we could sit back and relax and enjoy! And we did!

We started out by staying across the street from Windsor Castle. Before going we didn’t know that this is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite residence. And we were told that the Queen was “in residence” because her flag was flying over the castle. We got to go and see this castle although we missed the Queen., Hah! We could see the castle from our hotel room Fun!

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Of course there were the Beefeater guards there and we got to see them change but this is not the famous changing of the guards at the Buckingham Palace.

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Have your hear of Flat Stanley books for younger readers? Well, Kent got Silas, our 7 year old grandson to make a “Flat Silas” for us. And Flat Silas had lots of fun on our trip and we sent pictures home to the real Silas each day to show what fun “Flat Silas was having!” Here he is hanging out with Kent in the backpack.

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The next morning we took off on the bus for parts north. We stopped in Stratford on Avon(meaning on the Avon river). This is where Shakespeare lived and we also saw his wife’s childhood house as well. One of many thatched roofs that we got to see.

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Thatched roof house

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We then got back on the bus and headed for Harrogate in Yorkshire. That is where we stayed the night. This was a holiday for Great Britain and also a beautiful sunny day. People were all over the parks etc enjoying the day off and the sunshine. Scenery along the way. I am taking the pictures as we travel on the bus. So there are some reflections on the glass at times.

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Our hotel is the white building on the right hand side. Really beautiful building.

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We then went to the town of York. It has a beautiful old church that we got to see. Also the town of York, like York, PA is called the white rose city. Apparently there was a war between two lords..a long time ago. It was fought between The Lord of Lancaster and The Lord of York. The York Minster. We found out the Minster means church.

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There was an ancient 15th Century city wall around York. It is still standing.

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We then traveled to Jedburgh Abbey. All the Abbeys and cathedrals were beautiful. This abbey fell into ruin but it still a beautiful site.

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We traveled on to Scotland and many rolling green hills dotted with many sheep.

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The Green hills with the hedge rows dividing the fields were beautiful too, even at 60 mph.

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We got to Edinburg, which is the capital. We had a great day there. We got to see the castle build high above the city. Edinburg is a smallish city for a country’s capital. We felt we got to see a lot of it in just two short days.

We did have a day to explore the Edinburg castle. By the way they pronounce the name Edin-boro.

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We had Scottish dinner and even had some play the bagpipes for us.

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This is the lovely old hotel we stayed in Edinburg. Very nice rooms!

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There were many daffodils in bloom in Scotland. The weather had been a bit cold so the flowers were about a month behind. Of course, I loved all those flowers!

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We then traveled back across the border and into England again. We were then in the Lake district of England. So beautiful and full of lakes as you would expect. But this was our one rainy day so you can see that the pictures from the bus’ window weren’t all that good., Although we loved the scenery as it went by.

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More hedge rows. Apparently the people used hedges between their fields as it was cheaper than other fences. We saw these hedge rows on most fields.

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We were starting to see the higher hills and moving into the lake area.

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The first of many lakes in this area of England.

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We arrived in Liverpool this night in time to go and see “The Beatles Story”. It’s a museum that shows their rise to fame and then the break up of the group etc. Almost all of us on the bus had listened to the Beatles and knew them from our teen years.  It was an interesting exhibit.

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Next we traveled to Cardiff which is the capital city of Wales. What we saw was beautiful countryside again filled with many sheep. And also many fields of yellow…we were told this was canola being raised.

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We had a wonderful fun-filled evening at the Cardiff Castle. There was good food and great entertainment.

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Welcome in many languages. The second one down is Welsh.

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The decoration inside the castle. Very ornate!

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We had a banquet and great entertainment including using some of our group.

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Jeff and Ivette had their 30th wedding anniversary this night. They became close friends to Kent and I as well.

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We then drove on through many green pastures and more sheep back to England.

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More green pastures

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We next stopped to see to see the ancient roman town of Bath. As you might imagine this is where there were hot springs and so people from all over the ancient world came here for healing baths. It is still hot today but no one bathes here anymore.

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We then stopped off to see Stonehenge which is an ancient ruins in stone. I don’t think any one knows for sure what the structure was for, many years ago but visitors flock to see it as it is very OLD!  It was very windy on this plain and a bit on the cold side.

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Then we had two days back in London. We had an open top/double-decker bus to ride . We could get on and off as much as we wanted to. So we went to see the Tower of London first and then at many other sites along the way.

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That was the end of our tour and this day we set off on our own on Public transportation. So I will stop for now. As there are so many pictures to pick from. I will do a England second Part in a few days. Come back and see more. OK?

Grateful for this special trip.

Love, From Jan and Kent and the Roaming Reimers

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One Response to “Trip to Great Britain- Part 1”

  1. The Amazing Scavenger Ralley Says:

    Awesome Aunt Janet! I was in London, of course, and also saw Stonehenge, Bath and York. So glad you enjoyed yourselves and am looking forward to Part 2!

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