We arrived in London on September 12th using the Eurostar train through the Chunnel (fast, crowded, boring).
The next day we rented a car and drove to Waterperry, near Oxford, to explore a church and manor house connected
to some of Anne's ancestors. Lesson learned from experience: If you rent a car in the UK, unless you are already
experienced driving over there, DO NOT rent the car in central London! That is, I do not recommend trying to
escape the City while learning to drive a left-handed stick shift on the left side of the road in heavy traffic.
Fortunately, we survived ... the rental car did, too.
On the 15th our Ireland travel group arrived, and on the 17th we headed west toward the Cotswalds and Bath.
The London Hippodrome, built in 1900 and one of the most famous variety music halls
in the world--for the performers who have played there, not for the audacious architecture.
For the past three years it has been a casino.
An art installation in the small up-scale shopping mall at Covent Garden.
Waterperry, England, the site of St. Mary's Church and a manor house once inhabited by Anne's
noble ancestors, the Curzon family. Near the church is a regionally well-known garden operation with
a gift shop, a gallery, and a tea shop. Outside the tea shop is a well-tended lawn with a crawl-through
wicker pear and lawn furniture that might have been occupied on the day we were there if it weren't for
the frequent episodes of cold drizzle that chased us from one indoor location to another.
The small church of St. Mary, with pews separated into small cubicles (for warmth)
and a variety of images of, and writings about, the members of the Curzon family.
Everybody came together for a few days in London, and on the 15th, we were at Trafalgar Square.
From left to right, this is Marcus, Beth, Sylvia, Anne, Bob, Shannon, Laura, and Dougald.
The "selfie artist", in the lower right corner, is Brad.
Yes, we did brave the continuing drizzle, and sometimes worse, to see some of the usual
tourist attractions. This is Big Ben, from the Thames embankment, taken as we were
on our way to Westminster Cathedral (which, sadly, did not allow photography inside).
One of those tourist attractions is the changing of the Horse Guards, which doesn't attract as
large a crowd as the changing of the guard at Buckminster Palace, but there was still a good size
crowd, even in the drizzle, and many parents bringing their children up to pet the horse.
Actually, many of the adults also came up to pet the horse, too.
The stage of the Globe Theater, prior to the beginning of Measure for Measure.
A small street in Bath, close to the Bath Cathedral.
The Bath Abbey (cathedral) was built almost on top of the ancient Roman Baths, very likely
to take the place (in physical terms and in the minds of the local people) of the Roman temple
that was next to the baths. In the foreground, the main Roman bath pool; behind it is
the Abbey, which is now constructing a system to take advantage of its location by using
the hot spring water of the baths to heat its buildings.
The pictures of this trip are divided into several sets: