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England & Wales
Summer 2012

The beautiful Lakes District of England was the home of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Stone homes and walls were a natural part of the green forest and hills.   In Liverpool, we visited the Cavern Club where the Beatles first performed, John Lennon's home, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.
What a treat! We were invited to spend a couple of nights on the Grand Union Canal with friends from New Zealand on their canal boat. The first day we went through 22 hand cranked locks!!
Two of the narrow boats will fit inside one lock. Just like motorhomes, they aren't all the same length. Ours was 65 feet with two bedrooms, two baths, kitchen & lounge.   Kiri & Jude are our soul-mates. They live a nomadic life in motorhomes and canal boats around the world and love it.
Playing golf in Wales at the Celtic Manor Resort - home of the 2010 Ryder Cup - was a test of our abilities. We loved the course; but battled sand traps and the typically windy, rainy weather.   Worcester, England is an historic town that was made very special to us by our friends, Mike & Ann, who hosted us at their lovely home there.
The first evening we spent with them, they called a cab and took us for a fun ride to a thatch-roofed pub for dinner. The cabs are HUGE and are like an American limo with two bench seats facing each other in the rear of the vehicle.
We drove through the Cotswolds and stopped at quaint Bourton on the Water.   The ceiling of the Abbey in Bath is supported by impressive fan vaulting.
The 400 year old Brookover Farm B&B was a pretty country house that served a huge full English breakfast - fried eggs, gammon ham, Cumberland sausage, toast, fried bread, sauteed mushrooms, black pudding, triangles of hash-browned potatoes and broiled tomatoes.   Stonehenge!!! Just the way I had always pictured it.
Glastonbury Tor - a conical hill with a 521 ft. footpath to the ruins of St. Michael's Tower and fantastic 360° views. Some people come to feel the energizing vibes eminating during the climb. We just felt tired!
Nothing says London like the London Eye and a Double-Decker bus with meat pies for lunch.