clothes into a carry-on bag, can you?
Trust us, it can be done, although I seemed to
struggle with that challenge a little more than the girls!
My niece's husband Ray's family home is named "Bundanoon"
which means "place of deep gullies".
I didn't see any deep gullies on the property but there
are lovely valleys with gorgeous views nearby.
just south of London.
with family around the table.
We stayed here four nights and took two tours
with the Mad Max Tour Company.
It was cold and wet and windy on the Stonehenge hill
so we didn't linger as long as I would have liked.
with sheep grazing in the pasture. Lovely!
site is just as fascinating, maybe more so.
It's a series of huge stone circles, situated at the centerpoint
of the east/west axis of the island and is one of the
earliest stone circles in all of England.
that form the Avebury circle.
Note the thatched roof. It takes a real craftsman
to create and maintain the beautiful thatched roofs
you see in the countryside of the Cotswolds.
have stopped in time about three hundred years ago.
Many movies and period pieces have been filmed here:
"Harry Potter", "Pride & Prejudice" & "Cranford" among others.
Castle Combe. A new Steven Spielberg movie called "Warhorse"
was just filmed here as was "Dr. Doolittle"
with Rex Harrison back in the 60's.
on the banks of the river?
one of these neat old house boats on.
An exquisite example of architecture ahead of its time.
Back then the rich and famous resided here.
I don't know about the famous, but the rich still do.
when shooting photos.
the Bath Abbey in the background.
quaint English village.
in Castle Combe and the villagers
love their ducks.
for the restaurant are pretty!
but really, the "British Toilet Association"?!
Even if the dues are free, I think I'll pass!
This isn't even one of the "biggies" as far as English
cathedrals go, but isn't it beautiful?
in Salisbury to see the Salisbury Cathedral which has the
tallest spire, 404 feet, in all of England.
Original stained glass in the Salisbury Cathedral,
almost 800 years old.
the many steps to the external gallery at the base
of the spire. The views were incredible!
that we toured in Sevenoaks.
This photo tour of the beginning of our stay in England may seem lengthy but I had to severly edit to get down to just this many photos to show you! The girls and I had the perfect mix of touring time, family time, down time and shopping time on our trip. It was tempting to rush around and try to see more because there are just so many wonderful, historical sites in England but the whole idea of a vacation is to enjoy yourself, so we chose our itinerary carefully. I had to keep telling myself, we'll see that next time...