England Trip
June 18 - July 2, 2002
By Dan, Mary Jane and Scotty Hyde

All the pictures were taken with Dan's digital camera, a Canon S300 Digital Elph or Scotty's digital camera, a Canon A10.
Since Scotty took 1420 pictures and Dan took 747 in 14 days, no way can we show you all of them! We have selected only a small percentage (about 300!) for you to enjoy! About one-third of the pictures were taken by Scott. Dan made no effort to identify who took which picture.

Mary Jane wrote the text and Dan the captions.

Scotty has created his own web site about our England trip. He may add more later.

Day 1 Tuesday June 18 Departure for England

Scotty, Mary Jane, Jan and Dan ride to Harrisburg, PA Airport in Limo. Stowaways are discovered at the Airport!

Day 2 Wednesday June 19 - Arrive at Heathrow Airport and drive to Windsor

We visit Windsor Castle, watch changing of the guard, and walk around the town of Windsor. More pictures of Windsor Castle.

Though we are jet lagged, we drive out to Runnymede, the birthplace of English Liberties, and have afternoon tea.

[Stayed at Ealing Guest House, Ealing, Greater London]

Day 3 Thursday June 20 - London

We get up early and take the Tube at South Ealing Station into London. We spend most of the day at the Tower of London. Afterwards, we walk to Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, and St. Mary-Le-Bow church.

[Stayed at Ealing Guest House, Ealing, Greater London]

Day 4 Friday June 21 - London

At 7 AM, we watched the England vs. Brazil soccer game on the small TV in our B&B. From our B&B in Ealing, West London, we take the Tube (South Ealing Station) into London. We depart the Tube at Westminster Bridge to see the British House of Parliament, Big Ben and The Eye. We walk to Westminster Abbey and tour the inside. Then we walk to Trafalgar Square (Where we watch a pick up soccer game.), Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, and Harrods. Scotty is in high heaven in Harrod's Toy Kingdom!

[Stayed at Ealing Guest House, Ealing, Greater London]

Day 5 Saturday June 22 - Bristol

We get up early and drive about 120 miles to Bristol on the M4 motorway. A British motorway is like a USA interstate only Dan drives 80 MPH in the middle lane of three and is one of the slower cars! The maniacs who drive over 100 MPH are in the far right lane.

We first drive to Shirehampton, a village on edge of Bristol to visit our old friends Shirl, Liz and Mon. Later we drive to Chipping Sodbury then to Castle Combe.

[Stayed in Bradford Hotel, Avonmouth Road, Avonmouth, Bristol]

Day 6 Sunday June 23 - Bristol

We meet Brian and Eileen for tea and lunch. Afterwards we walk around downtown Bristol and see the Medieval Gate, Christmas Steps, the Shambles, and the Nails at the Exchange.

[Stayed in Bradford Hotel, Avonmouth]

Day 7 Monday June 24 - Salisbury Plain

We drive to Stonehenge, then Salisbury and Old Sarum. On the way to Avebury we see one of the many Wiltshire White Chalk Horses.

[Stayed in Bradford Hotel, Avonmouth]

Day 8 Tuesday June 25 - Bath

We say goodbye to Shir and Liz in Shirehampton and drive to Bath. Stop at Sally Lunn's for lunch. After a scrumptious lunch, we stay a long time in the ancient Roman Baths. We take a quick tour of Bath Abbey, and visit the famous Pump Room, Pulteney Bridge and Circus Crescent.

[Stayed in Bradford Hotel, Avonmouth]

Day 9 Wednesday June 26 - Bibury and Cotswolds

We drive from Bristol into the Cotswold hills. When we lived in Bristol, the Cotswolds were one of our favorite places to explore - many little darling 12th to 14th century villages of Cotswold Stone. We drive to Bibury, hike on an ancient Roman road near our B&B in Blockley, and visit Bourton-on-the Water.

[Stayed at Claremont House, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh]

Day 10 Thursday June 27 - Warwick Castle

Scotty says the best place on the England trip was Warwick Castle. Dan admits it was pretty neat and had lots of things to see for everyone. We spend the whole day there. Warwick Castle had castle walls, a scary Ghost Tower, well done lifesize wax figures in the King Maker Exhibit, a Great Hall full of Armour, beautiful State Rooms, live actors demonstrating Fighting Knights and formal Rose and Peacock Gardens. We later visit the church in the Town of Warwick.

Then we drive to Moreton-in-Marsh for dinner.

[Stayed at Claremont House, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh]

Day 11 Friday June 28 - Shakespeare Country, Saxon Church and Longleat Maze

Early in the day, we drive to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Next, we visit a 7th Century Saxon Church in Bradford-on-Avon, and traverse the World Longest Hedge Maze at Longleat Park.

[Stayed at Red Rose House in Cheddar]

Day 12 Saturday June 29 - Cheddar, Priddy, Wells, Glastonbury

We stay at a B&B in Cheddar and the next morning we drive up Chedder Gorge, visit Nine Barrows at Priddy in the Mendips Hills, Wells with its magnificent Cathedral, hike up Glastonbury Tor and visit Glastonbury Abbey.

From Glastonbury, we drive to our B&B "The Manor Farm" in Dawlish, Devonshire.

[Stayed at The Manor Farm, Dawlish, Devonshire]

Day 13 Sunday June 30 - Dawlish, Devonshire

We have driven down to Dawlish in Devonshire to see our old friends Chris and Reg Bodenham. Before we visit Chris and Reg, we walk from our B&B down Smugglers Lane to the sea at Dawlish harbor. We have lunch with Chris and Reg at a local pub, The Smuggler's Inn. Afterwards, in Reg and Chris' living room, we all cheer for Brazil against Germany as we watch the World Cup Final soccer game on the "Telly."

After a very pleasant visit and Afternoon Tea (really sandwiches and dessert at 5 PM), we say goodbye to visit the moors and ponies in Dartmoor National Park only a short drive away.

[Stayed at The Manor Farm, Dawlish, Devonshire]

Day 14 Monday July 1 - LEGOLAND

From Dawlish we drive back to the London area and do LEGOLAND Windsor. Scott is our resident 12 year old LEGO Maniac and looked forward to visiting LEGOLAND for many days.

[Stayed at Ealing Guest House, Ealing, Greater London]

Day 15 Tuesday July 2 - Fly Home

We get up about 4:30 a.m., do our final packing, eat breakfast, and leave the Ealing Guest House. We return our Skoda to the Alamo car rental area near Heathrow Airport. There is very little traffic, which enables us to read signs easily.

Once at Heathrow, we have an uneventful trip through security, then brouse through some shops as we wait for our flight. And we say good-bye to Heathrow, London, and England. We all had a wonderful time!!

We return to a hot Dulles (95 degrees and very humid!) and a hot Harrisburg, with visions of England still dancing in our heads!

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Daniel C. Hyde