Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Glorius Two Days!

I was too tired to post last night so now I have two days worth of activities to tell you about.

We left for Bath Spa on the train Friday morning. It took us just a little under two hours to get there. It was a smooth and wonderful ride traveling through the country side of England. It was just what I have always imagined ... rolling, green hills, grazing sheep and cattle, lucious green grass and trees everywhere. It reminded us a lot of Oregon, except for the cottage homes with the thatched roofs. Yes ... we saw a few of them.

Here are the Roman baths that have been excavated ... very interesting. Look at the green mineral water which is unsafe for consumption or even placing your hands into it. (I did! It was nice and warm.)

The Bath Abbey is behind us. We were allowed to tour the abbey which was built in the 900's. I still can't believe there are building still standing that are that old!

We were just in time to see a wonderful procession marching from the abbey. This was a memoriam to the soldiers who gave their lives on "D" Day, which was yesterday!

For all of you Jane Austin fans, this is the building she lived in while living in Bath. She mentions Bath in a couple of her novels. She loved living in the country more than in Bath. She lived in number 4. The bus was going too fast for me to be able to get a picture of her door, but it looks just like this and is in the same building ... close enough!

A view of the River Avon in Bath. Isn't this gorgeous?

This is where we're staying ... right across the street from the Queen's Royal Mews ...where her horses, carriages, and cars are kept. We toured this this morning. We really enjoyed it! We tried to figure out how to get to a chapel for our church services in Hyde Park, but the web said all of the meetings started at 9:00 a.m. and we were too late, so we toured the Queen's stables, instead. :)
This is for you, Sarah. There were only four horses that we saw. Most of the Queen's horses are kept at Windsor Castle where there is land for them to run and play. The horses were beautiful and were kept in gorgeous, titled stables. The queen loves her horses and dogs and has quite a few.

The glass carriage ... the one that carried Princess Diana and Prince Charles when they got married! The queen has several state carriages and we were able to view all of them. She even had air conditioning installed in one of them and lights. They're very elegant, but look quite small and uncomfortable to ride in.

The gold carriage which was made for Queen Victoria .... amazing!

This is for you ... D.J. ... a 1951 Bentley. It was absolutely beautiful which white leather interior. The Queen still uses it. It's painted the royal color, purple.
After the Royal Mews we rode the underground tube all over the 'flippin' place. We had a blast, but if I have to walk down or up one more flight of stairs, I'm going to be crawling on my hands and knees. By the way ... what's with no benches anywhere ... at least hardly any. And trash cans are few and far between. I can say though ... that the subways are much cleaner here than in New York City!
We ate at the first Hard Rock cafe, which is here in London. They even have a vault in the downstairs of their store where we saw scads of memorabilia ... guitars, records, costumes, and etc. of famous rock stars. Sorry, Jaron ... I never saw a bear to buy in their store!

This is for you, Nat ...John Bonham's drum set ... drummer for Led Zepplin.

O.K. another thing ... bathrooms are few and far between and there's no signage pointing to them. At least we couldn't figure it out. The guys would make me ask where the restrooms were because you don't say bathroom or restrooms. It's toilet or W.C., or lavatories. Of course they told me to say 'toilet' and didn't tell me that I could use those other two words. I was so embarrased to ask where the 'toilet' was. I HATE saying that word. I would almost whisper the word 'toilet' when asking where it was and always the person I was asking would say, "WHAT DID YOU SAY?" I would have to repeat the word 'toilet' again. However, the last time I had to ask where they were, the cutest artist said that he would show me the way, and he did! Isn't that the sweetest thing?
While viewing the Royal Mews, which is part of Buckingham Palace, we had the opportunity of sitting on the Royal Throne. Here we are ... in all our glory! Here's our friend Elayne pointing the way.

Aaahh ... sweet mystery of life!

Well, it was a long wonderful two days. We're planning on going to visit Windsor Castle out in the country tomorrow. We'll ride the train out there. I wanted to go to Bosham to visit my ancestor's home, but it wouldn't be very fun for the rest of the group, and nothing to do when we got there. Oh well... maybe next time. I can't wait to come back. This is an amazing place. However, London city has tons and tons of people, lots of traffic, and lots of tourists like me!
See you tomorrow!


Connie said...

Loved your pictures of you sitting on the 'royal throne'!
I think I would like to visit England now after seeing your pictures and reading about your trip!
Does Delta fly there??? Ha ha :)

Jamie said...

Linda! If you would have made it to Hyde Park Chapel you wouldnt have been able to attend a regular sacrament meeting. President Uchtdorf was there and all the units in England watched a brodcast from him from that chapel for stake conference! That would have been a shock for you! I am glad you are enjoying your trip!

Butternut Sage Designs said...

oh my you are having such fun! What gorgeous stables they were. I am so happy you showed look wonderful on a royal throne by the way! chuckle....

Lydia said...

HAHAH - I know I should have something dignified to say about the rich history blah blah blah - but what I'm GOING to say is that I'M GLAD I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN'T SAY TOILET!!


I guess I'll just have to hold it if I go to England!

Thanks for sharing - PS - you look wonderful!! Very svelte! :)

Shelly in the NW said...

i really am enjoying your adventure. I love the photos of you on the train - too cute.

you have seen some beautiful and amazing things - i'm so glad you are enjoying it! I enjoy reading about it.

KAREN KANE said...

You'll love Windsor Castle! And if you get a chance, you must try and get to Hampton Court Palace, home of Henry VIII. You can get there very easily on the train - it's a spectacular place to visit!

DJ and Gin Family said...

I love that Elayne was just pretending to sit, and that you actually were! You crack me up Mom.
It looks like you guys are having a blast. I wonder if Sam recognizes anything from your pictures. Her served in London, right?

Caroline said...

seeing you on the throne made my day! what a scream :)

Jaron said...

Sweet Linder (as they say in England) you are clear over there and enjoying your awesome trip and yet still took the time to think about my Hard Rock bear collection. You are the best friend a person could have. I think the world of you and am so excited to watch your progress over the next few months with you GBP! Get back safe ya hear!

Barbara V said...

Love your loo pictures. I remember bringing home some lovely lavender (Lavender Lace perhaps?) toilet paper from one of those castles over there. It(the TP) had "Government Property" stamped all over it!