Knitting the Flap
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Richmond Hill, GA
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My sis and I went to England!
My sister and I just returned from a 2-week trip to England. Neither of us had ever flown overseas before, so we had quite an experience. My sister met Maggie, her English friend, back in the '80s when they worked together at a mortgage loan company. Maggie and her husband, Roy, moved here when Roy was tranferred to the Rolls Royce division of Gulfstream here in Savannah. He retired several years ago and they were required to go back to England. Maggie has been trying for years to talk my sister into going over for a visit and one day, we were talking about Maggie and she was saying how much she missed her, so I told her, "Let's do it." Neither of our husbands wanted to go, so we went ourselves and had a blast! The trip was quite an experience what with all the rules and regulations that, unfortunately, are necessary now. But, we cleared the checks fine and left Savannah at 3:15 in the afternoon, flew to Atlanta, then had a 3-hour layover there. We left Atlanta at 6:45, flew up the east coast, through Maine, Canada, Nova Scotia, then over the North Atlantic to England. We flew into Manchester, which was closer for Maggie and Roy than Heathrow, only a little over an hour drive.
We got in around 8:45 a.m. England time, which was actually about 2:45 in the morning our time. We didn't sleep much on the plane so we were exhausted. We took a short nap that day and had to force ourselves to stay up until 8:00 p.m. that night, but the next day it seemed our bodies had adjusted some and we didn't have too much trouble with the jet lag after that.
Our first venture was to Chatsworth, a private residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, that's open to the public. Unbelievable! Beautiful antiques, original paintings, the countryside was just gorgeous, pictures do NOT do it justice.
Another day we went to Warwick Castle, a medieval castle with Renaissance characters, a bird-of-prey show (owl, bald eagle, sea eagle, and vulture), beautiful grounds and gardens, peacocks everywhere...so much fun.
The only day it rained was the day we took a bus to London for a 2-day stay. It rained all the way there and was quite cool, but the rain stopped around 2:00 p.m. and it got warmer and turned out to be a nice afternoon. We went to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery, got lost, walked the Mall to Buckingham Palace (according to Maggie, the Queen was in residence as the flag on top of the palace was flying), got lost some more, and rode the London Eye (400' high Ferris-wheel type ride).
Back home at Derby, we were invited to several homes for buffets, lunches, visited a dairy farm, met so many wonderful people and had the most incredible visit. We were both getting just a little homesick toward the end of our stay, but we've decided that we're definitely going back, hopefully next year. The part of England we saw was beautiful. One weird thing...it didn't get dark until almost 10:30 at night, and by around 3:00 a.m., the sun was already starting to come up. Maggie says that in the winter, it's just the opposite...very short days, very long nights.
I can't wait to go back....there's so much more we want to see next time.
Last edited by Sknitter56 : 11-22-2009 at 09:01 PM.