Cimetiere Montparnasse (a beautiful graveyard in Paris)
Luxembourg Gardens in Paris
At the restaurant “Polidor”, we had the classic French dish, Boeuf Bourguignon.
The Louvre – finally, a museum that allows photography!
The actual buildings that made up the Louvre were almost as beautiful as the art they held.
This massive painting was my favorite of all the works I saw in the Louvre.
The Mona Lisa
At the Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter Studio Tour, we saw many of the massive, intricate sets used in the films. Diagon Alley was one of my favorites.
The Great Hall
All of the dozens of headmasters’ portraits in Dumbledore’s study were painted in oils by professional artists.
The British Museum
I love the fact that, in Europe, museums rarely rope off their pieces of art. I was able to get extremely close to some of the ancient Egyptian artifacts.
The British Museum was originally the private library of King George III. Many of the shelves are still filled with old books. I confess that I often ran past the ancient artifacts on display to read the titles of the books. 🙂
One of the most amazing shops I’ve ever been in – Thomas Farthing Formal Wear. They had stacks of hats, ties, bow ties, socks, suits, and shoes; all extremely high quality and very classy.
Windsor Castle, home of the royal family
A beautiful building in the lovely town of Bath
The quaint village of Lacock was one of my favorite places in England. Many of the houses dated back to the 1100’s!
At least two houses in Lacock had an old army jeep parked out in front – that’s my idea of stylish transportation!
Stonehenge was much smaller than I expected, but still amazing.
At Stonehenge, the light was absolutely perfect for shadow pictures. 😉
- We ate lunch at The Eagle and Child – meeting place of the Inklings, a group of writers including J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
During our fantastic day trip to Oxford, we visited one of the university’s colleges, Christchurch.
We enjoyed a fantastic tour of C.S. Lewis’s home, The Kilns.
I could just imagine Lewis sitting at his writing desk, putting the finishing touches on Prince Caspian or Mere Christianity
Less than a 5 minute walk from the Kilns was the quiet little cemetery where Lewis and his brother Warnie are buried.
We ate breakfast at Speedy’s, next to the filming location for the BBC series “Sherlock.”
Every Tintin-lover’s dream!
We walked through the beautiful field that was the site of the momentous Battle of Hastings.
Hastings had some impressive ruins that we got to explore.
On the very day before we left England, we had our first official tea – cream tea, to be exact. It was heavenly!