Here is a panorama shot I made of Buckingham Palace that was created using three photos.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
We stayed in Edinburgh, with the Edinburgh Castle in clear view. We had not even checked into our hotel and I had already purchased a new formal kilt outfit. Our first full day was spent touring Edinburgh Castle and checking out the shops on the Royal Mile. On day 2 we jumped on the train and traveled north through the snowy highlands to explore Inverness. Day 3 we jumped on the train and traveled to Stirling to see the city and tour Stirling Castle. We also had time, once we returned to Edinburgh, to enjoy a proper High Tea at the Sheraton Hotel. Very Nice!
Bear and Robin
After! (Oh, we had 2 pots of tea each, as well)
Then next day, we traveled back to London. That night, at 1:34am the hotel alarm system awoke us and we grabbed our passports and exited the building out into the first snowfall of the season. Robin made a nice little snowman while we waited for the fire company to inspect the hotel. Thankfully, it was a false alarm.
The London Fire Brigade and Robin’s Snowman!
We spent the next day seeing some of the sites that we had not had a chance to see before we left for York. These sites included Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Station, Buckingham Palace, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and of course another visit to Harrods!
That night we were informed that our return flight to the states was cancelled due to a big east coast snowstorm…..
Here are the photos!
Edinburgh Castle at night
The London Tube at Christmas time is crazy…..
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
Harrods at night during the Christmas season…..
Our footsteps through the UK (Click on map)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
We have enjoyed our visit to York and now it’s time to move north into Scotland. We arrived in Edinburgh Scotland just after noon today! Our last day in York was spent exploring the York Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Fairfax House. Here are the photos…..
Bear and Robin
On my way to the top of the York Minster Tower
View from the top of the York Minster Tower
The walled City of York from the York Minster Tower
View of York Minster from top of Clifford’s Tower
Saturday, December 12, 2009
We have arrived in York, one of the oldest cities in Europe. York is a beautiful walled city with small cobblestone streets and alley ways full of shops, eaterys and pubs! Towering over the city is the York Minster, which is just an amazing gothic church. We attended an evening ‘Evensong’ service our first night, just an unreal experience to be there in such a historic building hearing the prayers sung by an all male choir.
The next day we boarded the train for a 20 minute ride to Malton. We hailed down a taxi and traveled to Castle Howard. About 10 minutes into the countryside, this mansion is beyond belief! It is 300 years old and is HUGE and screams of RICH.
After arriving back into the city, walking through the open market, stopping for some roasted chestnuts, we headed to the ‘Punch Bowl Pub’ for some tasty meat pies, ale and hot mulled wine.
Today we are checking out the local attractions in York. York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, Fairfax House and numerous shops and festivals. Tomorrow we board the train and head north to Edinburgh, Scotland. It is getting colder and the days are getting much shorter the farther north we go.
Robin & Bear
York Minster Tower at Night
Streets of York
Interior of Castle Howard
Waiting in the fog in Malton, for the train back to York…..
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Front entrance of Leeds Castle
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tower of London
Christmas Market in Hyde Park
Tea at Kensington Palace
Piccadilly Circus at Night