Murray, me, Andrew L., Iain L, Mark G., Jennifer G, Beverly L. Keith L. took the photo
On the High St. Southend on Sea.
Twenty years ago this July we were in England for a one
month vacation with our children Jennifer and Mark,
and our good friends Keith and Beverly and their sons
Andrew and Iain.
It was the trip of a lifetime for us and we had such a great time
touring parts of England and Scotland and even a daytrip
to France on the ferry.
I can't believe it's been 20 years! We have all changed and
grown and had hair cuts and turned grey, kids got married
and have kids of their own and it still seems like it was just
yesterday. Interestingly, we and our friends are still together
for over 35 years. We celebrate our 35th anniversary on
This is a long post so I hope you enjoy the photos.
The pier at Southend-on-Sea on the Thames River.
We were fortunate to have Keith with us as our tour guide
as he grew up here.
We stayed in homes of friends, bed and
breakfasts and cottages. Keith's brother bought two older
Vauxhall cars for us to use for our travels as it was cheaper
than renting a car. Murray had to learn to drive a standard
shift on the wrong side of the car and the road!
Blenheim Palace, England
We toured mansions and castles.
Huntly Castle in Scotland ~ home of the Gordon clan.
Braemar Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
We took in all the tourist sights in London.
At the Tower of London and Trafalgar Square.
We were joined by Keith's brother and family so were quite a troupe touring around.
Jennifer was outnumbered with 6 boys.
This was a hazy, hot and humid day and we visited St. Paul's Cathedral before we walked up the Mall
to St. James Park and Buckingham Palace.
We visited St. Paul's Cathedral (upper right) and walked the Mall (lower left) to St. James Park so stopped to rest (lower right). We went on to
Buckingham Palace (top left and center) and as there were helicopters hovering overhead and some police presence we figured that some of the Royal family might be leaving. So we waited in the heat for over an hour until the cars came out. We caught a glimse of Queen
Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in one car and Prince Charles and Princess Diana in another. A very exciting moment for us!
We started walking back when it started to thunder and lightning
and we made it as far as the park again as the rains fell.
In the bottom center photo we are under the bandstand waiting
out the rain. We finally took taxis home. The storm lasted for hours! But, what an exciting day.
Bridge House, High St. Chester,
crooked houses in Shrewsbury, A guest house in Bowness, a B&B in Moffat
We saw some beautiful countryside as well.
Hadrian's Wall ~ an amazing wild and rugged place.
Jennifer and Mark standing on a stone wall stile.
(leggings were in style in 1992 too!)
We spent a week in a chalet near Broadstairs and went
to the beach there quite often.
sinking sand in Broadstairs
We took the ferry to Boulogne sur mer, France for a daytrip.
A sidewalk cafe in Boulogne. Beautiful old city.
I had to put this one in.
Jennifer's 13th birthday with all boys!
Murray and Mark ~ Thorpe Bay
The pier at Southend on Sea.
Sorry this is such a long post but I wanted to share some
of my favorite places and memories of our trip.
I had a Konika 35 mm film camera so photos were limited.
(the old days)
I tried to get photos of the important things and I scanned a lot
into the computer to save them.
We had a wonderful time with great friends and made
some beautiful memories. I would dearly love to return
and visit again but especially Scotland, the land of my
grandmother's birth. And now I have some great blog friends
in England that I would love to meet. Some day....
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our holiday in England.
I am wondering if any of my English blog friends have
ever visited any of these places. I would love to know.