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
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tower of London
Christmas Market in Hyde Park
Tea at Kensington Palace
Piccadilly Circus at Night
Friday, October 16, 2009
Well it was a very short summer where the average mean temperature was a balmy 67 ºF and we only experienced 1 day above 90ºF Now Old Man Winter has decided to get a early start. This morning we woke to a fresh blanket of snow. It’s going to be a long winter
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Minnesota residents Melissa Brandts and her husband, Jackson, set up their camera with a timer to take a picture of them by Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park in Canada when nature intervened.
"We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intrigued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot," Melissa Brandts writes. "It was a once in a lifetime moment -- we were laughing about this little guy for days!"
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Having company from out of town and need some ideas on what to do over a 3 day weekend in Western New York? Well here is what we ended up doing with Jena, our friend from Texas.
What would a trip to Western New York be without a visit to see one of the seven wonders of the world, Niagara Falls! You really want to pick a day when the weather is nice so those photos your guest takes and shows to their friends and family back home turn out nice enough to show case the Falls.
While visiting the Falls, the best way to experience the shear power is to take a tour of the falls on the Maid Of The Mist boat tour. You guest will always remember the feeling of standing on the boat surrounded by a wall of water hundreds of feet high with mist in their face. The water from the falls moves past, rocking the boat yet you feel like your moving but the boat is still! Oh and if your in the mood for some ice cream, a stop at the Twist of the Mist Ice Cream Shop is recommended!
Another stop either on the way to Niagara Falls or after is a trip to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo for lunch or dinner. This local hangout is the Mecca for anyone who savors the taste of Buffalo style chicken wings. This is the spot back in the early 1960’s where wings were discovered. yum yum yum.
Day Two: Sterling Renaissance Festival
Another activity that would be best saved for a day of nice weather is a journey back to the year 1585 in England. Enjoy the many live theatrical performances, browse craft shops full of hand made items for sale and sample the various foods throughout this 35 acre village.
Games like axe throwing, bow and arrows, tomato toss along with live jousting competition are sure to delight all. Listen to live musical performances playing Celtic songs and just get lost from the hustle and bustle of your current life and escape back in time for a day…..
Day Three: The Corning Museum Of Glass
Well on day 3 the weather just did not agree with our original plans the visit the Genesee Country Village so an indoor activity was required. The Corning Museum Of Glass in Corning, New York fit the bill perfectly!
You get to learn all about the world of glass and see the worlds best collection of glass. Then you can view live glass blowing demonstrations and even create your own glass masterpiece and will be shipped home to you guest after they make it.
Of course, this is just one of many different collections of events that you can show your out of town guests. But these events are great for all ages, and should be considered towards the top of the list when trying to plan an outing that your guests are sure to remember and leave them with great memories of their visit to a place we call home, Western New York.