Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Aberystwyth, Wales

This little village along the coast of Wales is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited! We walked around the Castle Aberystwyth at sunset and I took these shots.

The Bridge to Wales

Beautiful and scary!

Avebury Stone Circle - "The Better Stonehenge"

Everyone told us that we had to go to Avebury to see the "other" and "better" stone circle.
It was definitely a better experience than Stonehenge. The circle was larger and accessible to everyone, and not as deliberate as Stonehenge. It surrounded the entire village of Avebury!


Stonehenge was not what I expected it to be.

It is a circle of rocks in the middle of a small field that is right next to the road and it's surrounded by a chain-link fence. There are cows and sheep all around it and a walkway that people who pay money can tour at special times in the morning and evening. Others can not get close to the circle, so consequently cars are pulled over all over the main road and the side road next to the field. We needed to pay money and have a reservation (2 month waiting list).

Oh, well.....

The Royal Pavilion Brighton-The Palace of King George IV

The Royal Pavilion is extraordinary and strange!
We toured and then had tea in Queen Adelaide's Tea Room that overlooked the gardens.
The day we were there, there was a big band playing and doves cooing in the trees...it was wonderful!!  

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Millennium Bailey Hotel in London

The Lobby of the Hotel and our Room.

The Moon Under the Wing of our 777

Dusk at 37,000 feet, going 609 miles an hour.

Arrived in London Safely

The flight was smooth and uneventful, and very LONG! I got sick from the shrimp salad they served with dinner, but I have recovered nicely. We took a cabbie (who resembled and spoke like Alfred P. Doolittle from My Fair Lady) from Heathrow to the Hotel Bailey where we took naps before heading to the West End Theater District to see "Mary Poppins". It was so wonderful... a great performance! Mary Poppins flew with her umbrella out over the audience! After, we ate dinner at the Aberdeen Steak House and then took the London Underground back to the hotel. That was an experience in itself! It was packed and hot, but Gary kept making me laugh so I managed to survive the tube! There was a triple escalator at Leicester Square Station that took everyone from the street level to the train cars many levels below ground. It was steep and the metal tube like walls were painted white. There was a guitarist at the bottom of the escalators playing "Here Comes the Sun"... it was magical and heaven-like! London is absolutely amazing! -Karen

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Trip Begins Tomorrow!

We drive to Seattle to catch British Air flight #48 to London which boards at 6:40 PM tomorrow evening!  It will be a 9+ hour flight!

Monday, July 23, 2007

My First Photo Post

Here we are in the picture.