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Stones and Baths

Great Bedwyn, Avebury, Bath

We collected our rental car from Heathrow last evening, having farewelled Tom on his homeward journey. An hour later we arrived at our lovely B&B in the village of Great Bedwyn, near Marlborough. Our hosts welcomed us with tea and cake, they were a very nice couple and we chatted for quite a while before falling into a wonderfully comfortable bed.
Today we visited Avebury, where you can wander around the stone circles that have a village right in amongst them. The henge is huge and although many of the stones were buried or destroyed, it is still very atmospheric. Many of the village houses and walls are made of stone from the original circles.
Then on to Bath, what a beautiful city! It was very busy but we managed to get a car park and walked into the town centre. We toured the remains of the Roman Baths which was fascinating.
Now we are in Devon. Our accomodation is very rural, an old cottage in a village called Pennymoor - the nearest town is Tiverton but it is quite a long way from there! Lovely view of the Devon countryside and sheep grazing in the fields from our upstairs lounge window and so quiet and relaxing after the big cities of London and Paris! We had a very good dinner in the pub 2 doors down, a really authentic old English pub dating from the 1600s.

Our B&B in Great Bedwyn, near Marlborough, Wiltshire - best sleep of the trip so far!

Our B&B in Great Bedwyn, near Marlborough, Wiltshire - best sleep of the trip so far!

Avebury stone circles, henge and village

Avebury stone circles, henge and village

Doug at Avebury

Doug at Avebury

Avebury Manor

Avebury Manor

Bath

Bath

Roman Baths

Roman Baths

Pene at Roman Baths

Pene at Roman Baths

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Last day in London

British Museum and National Portrait Gallery

On our final day in London we all headed to the British Museum which of course has a massive collection of artifacts from all over the world. I found it incredible to see stuff that had survived for thousands of years and although we only touched the surface it was an interesting few hours.
Last time we were in London, Doug and I popped into the National Portrait Gallery just before it closed and I have wanted to go back ever since. So that was our next port of call. I especially loved the Tudor and Stuart portraits, with a modern painting of William and Harry among them.
So that's London done and dusted for this trip. It is a hectic city and we have spent a lot of time on public transport, and even more on our feet! It is a place for young fit legs and I am happy to move on.
Tom flies home today and Doug and I embark on our last leg - heading to Devon for cream tea!

At the British Museum

At the British Museum

This rock drawing found in Jordan is from 6200 BC!

This rock drawing found in Jordan is from 6200 BC!

Jade mosaic mask from South America

Jade mosaic mask from South America

Stone adze from Lake District - still sharp

Stone adze from Lake District - still sharp

Pene meets Roman Emperor

Pene meets Roman Emperor

Sutton Hoo helmet from early AD 600s in Suffolk

Sutton Hoo helmet from early AD 600s in Suffolk

Egyptian mummy

Egyptian mummy

Henry VII

Henry VII

Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon

Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

William and Harry

William and Harry

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Kew Gardens

Bluebells and tulips - stunning day at Kew

I just loved today! I have dreamed of visiting Kew Gardens for so long and it was magical. The weather was glorious and the gardens exceeded my expectations. Fascinating range of plants, every single one labelled and in such good health - from tiny rock-like desert plants to massive trees several hundred years old. In the London spring it is the tulips that provide the most colour, contrasting with the bright green of the fresh new foliage. But for me it was the bluebells in the woodland areas that stole the show, totally loved them! We did the treetops walk and visited Kew Palace home of George 3rd (the mad king) and Queen Charlotte.

Pene at Kew

Pene at Kew

Many tulips

Many tulips

White tulips

White tulips

Pink tulips

Pink tulips

Pene in bluebell dell

Pene in bluebell dell

Bluebells

Bluebells

Springtime

Springtime

Kew Palace

Kew Palace

Kew Palace kitchen

Kew Palace kitchen

Treetops walk

Treetops walk

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Natural History Museum

All creatures great and small

Doug visited the Natural History Museum.....

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

T-Rex

T-Rex

Reptilian dolphin ancestor

Reptilian dolphin ancestor

Rhino

Rhino

Tiny fox

Tiny fox

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Out and about in London town

Toured the Tower, walked the streets and saw the show!

Here are some photos from yesterday's epic day/night out in London...

Family at Tower

Family at Tower

Boys at Tower

Boys at Tower

Our Beefeater guide

Our Beefeater guide

The White Tower

The White Tower

Jewels live here

Jewels live here

Guarding the Crown Jewels

Guarding the Crown Jewels

Tom and Pene at Tower

Tom and Pene at Tower

View from Tower

View from Tower

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Pre-show dinner

Pre-show dinner

Prince of Wales Theatre

Prince of Wales Theatre

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