United Kingdom

August, 2000

Davin and I met up met up with Trevor in Plymouth, England. We stayed in the Barbacan area (picture above). Trevor needed a few more days to work on his yacht so we headed for Bath, via Bristol. Davin is an expert driver with an excellent sense of direction, so I just sat back and enjoyed the scenery.

The cathedral in Bath, like many in the U.K., date back to the 12th century.

 

 

 

Bath is a wonderful place to visit. We saw the Roman Baths (above) which date back to the 4th century A.D. The Romans built a roof over their Baths, which kept direct sunlight out. Since then, the Baths were abandoned, fell into disrepair, were again discovered and reclaimed. However, the roof was not rebuilt, exposing the Baths to sunlight, causing algae to flourish.

 

After Bath, it was onto Stonehenge. This mysterious formation was originally built 5,000 years ago. Since then, it has been rebuilt several times. Its' original purpose remains a mystery.

 

This castle, complete with moat, was in Wells (I believe).

We saw many castles and cathedrals in the UK. They were all marvelous examples of great architecture.

We got to Scotland during the Fringe Festival. We were told it is the largest festival in the world.

Below, we have 1 of the 10,000 bagpipers that were trying to set a record for the most pipers playing at the same time/place. Below that, we have 1 of the many acts that played during the festival.

Here we have the Tantallon castle.

 

Below, the Edinburgh castle in Scotland.

After Edinburgh, it was off to North Berwick for the Highland games. In addition to the hammer throw, kaber toss, and shot-put, they had competition for various bagpipe groups.

 

The shots below are of Windsor Castle .

In 1992 Windsor Castle, to the west of London, England the largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the official residences of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, suffered severe damage in a fire, which destroyed some of the most historic parts of the building including priceless works of art and historic artifacts. Over the next few years the castle was fully repaired at great expense. The question of how the funds required should be found raised important issues about the financing of the monarchy, and led to Buckingham Palace being opened to the public for the first time to help to pay for the restoration.

 

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