UK | England | London | Limehouse Basin | Artemis moored at Limehouse marina
October 24, 2014
Dear Family and Friends, Great week with Val and Bob. They've been busy doing London. Al and I kept busy getting acquainted with the Limehouse area. Thursday night we went to Prospect of Whitby Pub in Wapping for dinner. Val made a great pork roast and squash for dinner on Friday while we finalized our packing for our four day road trip.
UK | England | Chatham | Ropery Tour
Saturday we picked up our car at Heathrow and drove to Chatham to visit the Historic Dockyards. Al and I had visited last year but felt it was worth another walk through.
UK | England | Canterbury | Cathedral
We stopped in Canterbury to visit the cathedral and quaint old town before heading to Dover for the night. Our hotel was near the marina we stayed at in 2012 below the castle. Nice pub in the hotel so we ate there.
Sunday morning after mass we visited the Dover castle. Great tours of the tunnels. We were in the hospital tunnels for WWII and the Dunkirk operations tunnels. Nice drive along the coast but it got old really fast. So much traffic, winding roads, round-a-bouts...beautiful colorful trees but finally decided to change to highways. Our hotel in Portsmouth was right on the sea. Great rooms and wonderful breakfast.
Monday we dropped Val and Bob at Historic Dockyards to visit HMS Victory (Nelson's flagship from battle of Traflagar) and HMS Warrior. Al and I walked about Portsmouth visiting areas we had missed on our last visit. Unfortunately the museum we planned to visit was closed on Mondays.
UK | England | Salistury | a crooked old house Bob, Val, Al and Sally
We drove on to Salisbury for lunch and to visit the cathedral and town. We thought we had plenty of time to visit Stonehenge on our way to Bath. But at 1545 we were told the last tickets were sold at 1500 and the tills were closed. We said we were English Heritage Members so we didn't need tickets but they wouldn't let us catch the bus to the site. Last year we drove up to the site and parked. Now parking is 1.5 miles away from the site and everyone has to get on a little train or bus. So we hiked down to the site and walked through a pasture to catch a glimpse of Stonehenge. Fortunately the staff bus driver took pity on us and gave us a ride back to the Visitor center. The Visitor Center was open until 1700 so we did get to see the exhibits.
UK | England | Bath | Pulteney Bridge on Avon River at night
Then we headed to Bath for the night. We had a great walk into town and had pizza at an Italian Restaurant with a Turkish waiter. He served us lemoncello with our dessert. Then we walked down along the Avon River to the Pulteney Bridge which is beautifully lit at night.
UK | England | Bristol | Brunels suspension bridge in Clifton
Tuesday morning we toured the Abbey and walked through the beautiful gardens below. We had visited the Roman Baths on a previous trip so we decided to head to Bristol. Al and Bob visited SS Britain and Val and I walked along the harbor and up to the cathedral and college area. We drove up to Clifton to see Brunels suspension bridge and drove over the gorge. Quite spectacular.
Great trip but it felt good to be back aboard Artemis, Limehouse Marina, London. Another Pub night on Wednesday. We had a table overlooking the Thames at Captain Kid Pub in Wapping and then we walked the Thames to the Tower Bridge to see it lit at night.
Yesterday we visited the Imperial War Museum. It's newly reopened last April most of the museum has been closed for two years. Wonderful new exhibits. Then we visited Camden Market and had lunch. Beautiful walking along the Regent's Canal and then through Regent's Park. Then we had a wonderful but sad good-bye dinner with Val and Bob at La Figa an Italian Restaurant close to Limehouse.
Today we sent Val and Bob off on their next adventure. They board a cruise ship tomorrow at Southampton and head for Le Harve, Vigo, Lisbon, Azores, Bermuda, Fort Lauderdale, ending in Houston Nov. 11. Guess it's time for us to begin projects and get into our winter routine. Hope all is well. Love and God Bless Sally and Al
UK | England | London | Thames River approach Tower Bridge