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19 Oct 2010

Paris: Versailles

Paris: Versailles

Palaces palaces palaces gardens gardens fountains ponds lakes. HUGE. Specially made farming village for a lonely queen to play milkmaid...Decoratively ornate with gold, pastels, marble, gold and marble. ...

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13 Oct 2010

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

We've found it hard to find time to fit in a visit to a castle so far. Sudeley is our first. It has ties to Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn , Elizabeth I and Catherine Parr, Henry's  6th wife who is buried here. The outside gardens, ponds, pheasantry, etc were as one would imagine - grand. We enjoyed ourselves on the flying fox in the playground. ...

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13 Oct 2010

Painswick

Painswick

Painswick, among other Cotswold villages, is quaint and has an attraction or two. The church has 99 yew trees shaped into  morphed lollipops, arcs,etc. They are all numbered 1 to 99 with names. After searching high and low Acacia couldn't find number 27... ...

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04 Oct 2010

Wensleydale

Wensleydale

After leaving Robert and Judy, sadly, in breathtaking South Dalton we hit the road for Hebden Bridge but made a 2 and a half hour detour to the Yorkshire Dales as I had to see the Dales. Yet again breathtaking countryside. Narrow roads/lanes lined with drystone walls. Rambling hills and fields all broken up with stones walls. Along the tops of parts of the huge hills, huge mounds of rocks were visable leading me to believe that this is the source of all or some of the rock used in the making of ...

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01 Oct 2010

Kendal, Hawkshead & The Lake District

Kendal, Hawkshead & The Lake District

Kendal, Tarn Hows, rain, mint cake by Annette, aka Mum who is 'a pig from another country, whilst in a small Cumbrian tea shop, because my scone made crumbs scatter all over the table' (refer to Minnie next time you see her). Thursday 30th September Where does one start? We are staying at the YHA in Kendal. Our room is up approx. 12 flights of stairs in the servants quarters of a Georgian House; low beams, no window, but it is nice and cosy. I was imagining we would be doing 2 or 3 walks pe...

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24 Sep 2010

Lacock, Wiltshire

Lacock, Wiltshire

Ah, Lacock Abbey. Beautiful, circa 1200AD. Took a few photoes of Pip & Min in the 'cloistery' where some scenes for 'Harry Potter' are filmed. Other rooms here were also used for filming Professor McGonigal's classroom, etc. Those of you into a good bonnet drama on a Sunday evening will be thrilled to know that the village of Lacock was also the setting for 'Cranford',one of my favourite bonnet dramas. I think I found Dame Judy Dench's characters' house, you know, where she stands broo...

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24 Sep 2010

Bath

Bath

Wow. 2000 year old Roman Baths and relics. One of the main things I was awed with here was the enormousnous of the terrace houses and the use of the same stone on practically all of the buildings in Bath. The Abbey was spectacular and huge. Inside is full of headstones on the floors and walls. The ones on the floors are fairly worn, but the ones on the walls look as if they were mounted very recently, but of course they weren't. They contain quirky, detailed descriptions of the deceased. A...

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21 Sep 2010

Stratford On Avon

Stratford On Avon

Went here with the ever resourseful and fun to be with June, Alan, Babs and Martin. Strolled around the town of beautiful thatched buildings and cobbled streets. Visited Shakespeare's birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage - both amazing with insightful talks by the National Trust's volunteers. Minnie was excited by the barges on the canal which inspired Babs to organise a barge ride for us on Sunday. ...

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