Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ah, England! We're Finally Here!

We're here, we're here!! Our plane landed, we picked up our rental car, made a few practice loops of the parking lot driving on the wrong side of the road with the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car. Phew! We drove to the village of Ely, north of London, to see the beautiful cathedral there.

The book Pillars of the Earth is said to be modeled after the construction of this church made in the 1100s. It is an amazing building, even more beautiful inside with the beautiful "lantern" which brings light from outside into the central worship area and pulpit.

After viewing the incredible cathedral, we wandered in the village and spent some time in a small antique shop. We had arrived on a Bank Holiday here, so many of the shops were closed. Prices are very high.

We had to laugh when we found the equivalent of our Dollar Stores at home... here, they are called Pound World. It was a blast running up and down the aisles looking for the odds and ends that we had left at home. Scissors we found, but no glue or mechanical pencils.

Since we had been up for nearly 36 hours, we ended our day at Cambridge in a hotel across from the sports commons of the revered university. Very windy and chilly tonight with sprinkles of rain.

Our first dinner in Britain was roast beef with vegetables and yorkshire pudding. A great way to end our first day. We're looking for a bit better weather tomorrow and a lot more driving to get us to the Lake District. Until tomorrow.... Cheers!!


Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Oh, have a wonderful, wonderful time!! Wish I were there with you. Can't wait to read more. Have a cuppa for me. ; )

Janet Bernasconi said...

Hi Eileen!

The pictures are beautiful. I love,love,love England. I was there back in 1989. Wish I could go again. Everyone there is so nice and very Enjoy every minute. The tea place looks devine. A friend of mine is in England too right now. Maureen of a Rose Without a Thorn. Maybe you will run into
Enjoy pinkie!
Janet Bernasconi
Janets Creative Pillows

Joyce Lucas said...

How did I miss the news that you were going to England! Wow.. I hope you are having a great time.

Hugs, MB