Thus Ends Our English Chapter

Trip Start Jul 13, 2007
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Trip End Jul 2008


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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

While it is true we said we would dedicate ourselves to rest and relaxation in the countryside of this fair land, we in fact did not.  It is hard to just sit there sipping your Pimm's when all the attractions are teasing you to come and visit. 
We were invited for lunch at Windsor Castle, not by the Queen but by a life-long friend equally valued.  In this awesome locale we met each other's latest born child for the first time.   Very emotional!  Minding one's cliches, one must say it is really rather a majestic place to be.  There really isn't a better way to describe it.  Built a thousand years ago by William the Conquerer, it is huge with some 900 rooms to roam through.  Holy Hide and Seek!  Within the castle walls is St. Georges Chapel where Henry the 8th lies entombed.  We walked over his tomb and stomped just a little bit... If you have never been to a castle before, Windsor makes a most excellent benchmark from which  to judge all others. Following that we stopped by Althorp House, the Spencer Estate where Princess Diana was laid to rest.  The house is certainly impressive with 42 bedrooms, but it is hard to see children growing up happily in such a place.  The memorial is very well done and the round oval where she rests is absolutely serene. 
A few days later Su, Isaac and Rosie took a speedy train into London to meet the great "Tiramisu Tea Connection".  Lunch and a comprehensive city tour gave us a light tasting of how steeped in history and culture the big city is.  We were exempt from rains again except for one short hour.  Conveniently enough, the showers began just as we were in front of Harrods department store.  Due to weather, you see, we were propelled into hunting and gathering behavior.  And how grand a place it is to spend a few pence!  In review, Isaac and Rosie were most impressed with the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.  Su loved it all, save for the return portion of the day which found them all rather begrimed and footsore.  Still, a small price to pay for a good day of London fun.
Saturday had us back on the trains down to Legoland.  As one may imagine there was no end to the creations made with tiny little plastic blocks.  A wonderful mini-replica of Europe is there to fawn over as well as countless rides and funhouses.  The number one attraction is the one where children under 13 take a driving lesson, and then drive little Fiats around a miniature town.  It is riotous to watch them bullet through little red lights, cross over into oncoming traffic and generally break every rule they just learned.  Lots of fun for everyone.
Sunday entailed a very classic English afternoon.  Our neighbors Claire and Jaleel invited us to view a  private cricket game held in the next village over.  A brilliant day filled with blue skies, wildly white attire and picnic baskets fit for the Queen.  It was so very civilized and so very very English!
The very best of all was saved for last and that of course was the Robin Hood Festival held in Nottinghamshire.  Countless characters dressed up in medieval costumes, open air theatre with fire eating jesters, and a sensational skirmish between Robin Hood and the evil Sherriff of Nottingham.  The crowds roared for Robin as he battled the bad guys.  They cheered as he fought the good fight. They roared as the losers ran away into the depths of the Sherwood forest.  It was without a doubt the best family fun day we have ever had.  If you go to the UK in the summer you must not pass up this festival.  It is absolutely fabulous !!!

Farewell Great Britain; it has been such stuff as dreams are made on!  Off to France we go!
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Hello Su and Wilson Family ... your adventures look so amazingly fun:) I look forward to your pics and blogs from France ... Su ... will yu be there for the big 4-0? When exactly is that again and do you have a mailing address anywhere?

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