Friday, November 5, 2010

Sept. 6-23: Vacation in England and Scotland

Within days of Fan Expo Canada, Doug and I were packing for an 18-day vacation in England and Scotland; we spent the first 5 days in London and thought we'd share a few photos before starting photos (Sunday, Nov. 7) from the 5th annual New York Comic-Con October 8-10.

After the 7-hour flight from Toronto to Heathrow, we settled into our hotel adjacent to the Chelsea Football Club stadium. That evening we decided our first meal in London had to be at a neighborhood pub; it was only a few blocks from our hotel, the Millennium.

We took a Thames River cruise, stopping off in Greenwich for a few hours to tour the National Maritime Museum - considered the largest maritime museum in the world - and the Queen's House, completed in 1638. Its art collection displays artwork by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Hogarth and Turner.

Overall we enjoyed mild, sunny weather during our visit to England and Scotland except for the afternoon we decided to take the 30-minute ride on the London Eye, the world's tallest observation wheel. The Parliament buildings and Big Ben are in the distance.

Doug and I spent a day with a friend who lives outside London. After lunch at a local pub, he took us on a visit to Windsor Castle and Runnymede, the site on which the Magna Carta was chartered in 1215. We're at the Kennedy Memorial; in 1965 the land was given by Queen Elizabeth II to the citizens of the U.S. It's maintained by the John F. Kennedy Trust. Doug quipped that it was the only time he's been on U.S. soil and didn't need a passport!

We spent one morning visiting the Tower of London complex, which has been a royal palace, a prison and a place of execution.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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