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England Day Trip – The English Countryside

England  is a  beautiful country with many historic things to see from coast to coast. As our time was limited in England, we wanted to make the best of our time and indulge in a day of sightseeing around the countryside. Our first stop was at Her Majesty The Queens residences at Windsor Castle.

Windsor Castle - England

Windsor Castle – EnglandTickets

The grounds of the palace were beautifully kept, and we even had the opportunity to see Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. The doll house was the most elaborate child’s toy I have ever seen. The doll house is even rumored to have running water! I don’t have any pictures to show as photography wasn’t allowed. Below is a photo of the area where Her Majesty The Queen stays when she is at Windsor Castle.

The Upper Ward

The Upper Ward

The most notable activity to do in England when at a palace is to see the changing of the guard. Once we toured St. George’s Chapel, we walked out into the courtyard just in time to see the Changing of the Guard.

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

After seeing Windsor Castle and eating a tasty English fish and chips lunch, we headed to Bath, England. Bath is rich with culture. On our way to the Roman Baths, we passed the residence of Jane Austen. I was walking around the town reciting lines from the Pride and Prejudice and my husband was looking at me like I was crazy!

I was most excited about tasting the waters from the Pump Room. To my dismay, the waters were not flowing that day – one of a few days in 2012 the water system would be under construction. Bummer!

Roman Baths at Bath

Roman Baths at Bath

I am a big fan of beer, so whenever I see craft beers in a city, I take the opportunity to sit and sample the local ales. As time was limited, I decided to grab a half pint of Bath Ales. The ale was a pleasant treat as we waited for the bus to pick us up and carry us to the our next location – Stonehenge.

Bath Ales

Bath Ales

Before leaving the morning of our English countryside tour, the morning news called for blustery showers – they weren’t kidding. The rain was coming down hard, and we were unable to hold on to our umbrellas for most of the tour. It was remarkable to see a piece of history up close and personal. This last stop was a fantastic cap to such a beautiful day.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

 

Heidelberg, Germany – Europe Part I

I was blessed to have parents who served a combined total of 37 years in the US Army (Dad-30 Mom-7). My entire life was spent living as a ‘military brat’. My love for traveling came about while living in Germany for 10 years, and I have been dying to get back since leaving in 2003. An earlier post from this summer explained my eight year push to make it to London for the 2012 Olympics. When the hubs got wind he would have the opportunity to take 10 days off from work (getting time off at ANYTIME is not an easy thing to do for him) we JUMPED at the opportunity!

After settling in to our hotel in Schwetzingen, I took Jake downtown to see the streets I often shopped as a teenager.

Hauptstrasse

Hauptstrasse

While we were exploring downtown, I couldn’t wait to make it to the castle. The world renown Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss) is a beautiful backdrop to the city. Our high school prom was held at the castle every year. How many people can say their high school prom was held inside a European castle?

The castle courtyard

Inside the castle’s wine cellar, you will find the world’s largest wine barrel! The Heidelberg Tun would be a great addition to any wine cellar. It holds 58,000 gallons of wine!

Heidelberg Tun

Heidelberg Tun

My old school, Heidelberg High School, is closing its doors after educating Department of Defense students since 1946. I couldn’t resist  walking the halls one last time and visiting the gymnasium where I spent the majority of my high school years. Walking the halls for one last time was a great ending to my stay in Heidelberg.

Heidelberg High School

Heidelberg High School