Monday, May 21, 2012

Sybil & Bill, part I

My aunt Sybil and uncle Bill came to visit from California during the last two weeks of May.  It was a bit chilly when they first arrived, but we didn't let that stop us from venturing out.  They have been to London before, and have seen most of the major tourist attractions in the city, so we took a few day-trips to some nice places just outside of London.

Our first stop: Kew Gardens!
Sybil & Bill outside the Princess Diana conservatory
Olympic Rings in flowers
Alpine house blooms
California poppies!
Titan Arum (Corpse Flower)
We joined the AWC group for Theatre Day and saw "What the Butler Saw."  Bad choice.  The actors were good, but the play itself was terrible.  And there was no butler, so I have no idea what he saw.
What the Butler Saw
Day Trip #2: Bath!
Water is Best
The Roman Baths
The Jane Austen Center
Sally Lunn's House: one of the oldest in Bath
Sally Lunn's kitchen museum
Day Trip #3: Canterbury!
Canterbury Cathedral
Chapter House
Cathedral interior
Interior detail

Disney-esque window

The candle marks the site of Thomas a'Becket's tomb,
which was destroyed by Henry VIII
Putting the "Cat" in Cathedral
Josh poses with the "Keep off the Grass" sign
Lovely gardens
Choir House door

Mysterious mound in Dane John Gardens
Canterbury Castle.  Built ca. 1100
Josh explores the castle ruins
Canterbury Castle ruins

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