United Kingdom

United Kingdom

AUGUST, 2000


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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.

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.

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.