Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Next Stop, London

The Shakespeare Hotel in Stratford, had a room
with a four-poster bed one year
We've been visiting England since the early 70's, probably gone there more than 30 times.  It never loses its charm for us and each time we go we see something new.  For years we visited castles and stately homes.  We've rented cottages and stayed in historic hotels.  We had walking books for every region and spent our time getting lost and loving it.  Met people in country pubs who took us to stately homes that weren't open to the public or home for a cup of coffee while they told us stories we'll never forget.
We had a pub book and searched out hidden ones and had the publican sign the book.
One of our favorite pubs is a haunted one, The Fleece in Bretforton

Love this country, never worry about the weather, it's usually chilly and that's ok, in fact that's part of why we go, to get away from our oppressive summer heat.  But this year London was suffering from it's own heatwave.  Many times we give London a miss, but this year our whole time in England was spent in London.  Though we've visited most of the tourist sites we decided to play tourist anyway.  We had prepaid for the Hop-on Hop-off bus and though we'd only bought a one-day pass they upgraded us and gave us a 2 day pass that included the bus, a boat ride and our choice of a couple of walking tours.

I still get a kick out of all the tourist sites, though we didn't get off till Trafalgar Square where a giant screen was set up, the National Opera was going to be screening an opera.

Walked across Tower Bridge, first time we'd done that in awhile

And we walked, miles, 5 or 6 miles a day, and city miles on hard concrete are so much harder than country ones.

I'm not sure I'll ever tire of England, I always say that if we hit the lottery that we'll buy a place there, till then we'll just keep making annual journeys.


  1. Enjoyed the tour with you via internet. You make it come to life.

  2. Wonderful! I can't wait to go back myself! And you are right, you do walk a lot in London!
    When you win that lottery, make it a big one and buy a place for me and Richard too, okay? :-)

  3. Fabulous post today. Love the photos. Love the U.K.
    Love all the tourist spots and the wandering around getting lost part.
    I could spend a day in Harrods alone.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

  4. When you win that lottery! where in our little country will you be buying a property?

    1. A cottage in the Cotswold or Somerset.

    2. Ah! in my neck of the woods then

  5. I'm glad you like our country as much as I do, though I think you've probably seen more of it than I have.

  6. Thank you for taking us on this tour with you :)

  7. Fingers crossed you may win the lottery!
    We are indeed fortunate to live in a country which has so many wonderful places to visit.

    I did enjoy looking at all your photo's.

    All the best Jan

  8. Oh dear, and now the mini heatwave is over and we are cool again! London is a fabulous place and I'm so glad you had a lovely time - though I could never there.

  9. Lots of familiar sites there but I've never walked across Tower Bridge!

  10. I didn't realise you know the old place as well as you obviously do. In view of that, I'm even more flattered that you drop into my little offering from time to time. AND you've obviously managed to find the friendly people in Britain - I knew they were somewhere... Great post - London is a great city to walk in, there's always something to catch the eye.


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