Eva -trip to the UK
                                 Arrive 31-05-2011

                                   

                                                                     June 1st
                                                             Eva -first  day of the holiday
                                                                     

                                      
                                                                                    
     David and Eva
                                                          Having breakfast in the garden

                                                                                       

                                                                                                   June1st
                                                                     East Meon- on the way to Vickis 
                                                                                                     June 1st

               
                                                                                      East Meon
         The village is located in the Meon Valley approximately 31 km (19 miles) north
         of
Portsmouth and 98 km (61 miles) southwest of London, on the headwaters of 
       the
River Meon. East Meon is geographically the largest parish in East Hampshire.
        The boundaries of the present
Parish of East Meon date back to 1894.

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                                                                                       Sandra 
                                                                   East Meon

                 
                                                                                       Eva
                                                                     East Meon
            

              
                                                 Eva enjoying  a beer at  Ye Olde George in East Meon
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                     .                                                                  June 2nd
                                                                   Lee-on- Solent
       
                                                     
                  View from Vickis Window 
                 Large cruise ships pass through the Solent from Southampton every day


        
                                                                 Driving in the New Forest                                             
                                         Vicki, trying to aviod the cow on the road

        
                                                                         Ponies  on the  road
The New Forest is an area of southern England which includes the largest remaining
tractsof unenclosed pasture land, 
heathland and forest in the heavily-populated South
East of  England
. It covers south-west Hampshire and extends into south-east Wiltshire.


            
                                                                          
New Forest ponies

       
                                                       Fat cows and new born foal

          
                                            
Eva, by the Canadian War Memorial
   Vicki was determined to find this for Eva, even though we must have seen every blade
                     of  grass in the New Forest , but we had great fun in doing so

      
                                                    
 Eva and Pat, in the New Forest                                            

      
     Eva 
at Highcliffe , where we stopped for lunch, afer our ride  in the the New Forest

    
                                             
Pat showing Eva, Vickis dolls house
                                                                   

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                                                                   June 3rd
      Titchfield Abbey is a medieval abbey and later country house, located in the village
     of
  Titchfield near Fareham in Hampshire, England. The abbey was founded in 1222
                           for
Premonstratensian canons, an austere order of 
 priests.
.

                       
                                                                 June 3rd
                                         Pat and Eva in front of the
Spinnaker Tower 
                                         
(Looking  from Gosport  over to Portsmouth )
                                                                                         

        
                                      Pat and Eva at the top of the 
Spinnaker Tower
Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is
taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established
                                            itself as a national icon for Britain

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One of the views from the Spinnaker Tower

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        View of the Spice Island pub from the Spinnaker Tower
 -this is where we went for
                                                    
meal at one of vickis Bonanzathons

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                                                                          June 4th
                                                        
 On the way home from Vicki
                                                                       

                              
             Eva by the river in 
Arundel  ,when we stopped  for a break on the way home 
                                                                         from Vicki
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  1.                                                                  June 5th
                                                                East Grinstead
                                                                
                  
                       
     Shefield Park gardens, near to East grinstead
     
    An internationally renowned landscape garden laid out in the 18th century by
    Capability Brown and further developed in the 20th century by Arthur G Soames.

                                                                                                                    
      
                                            
    Bluebell Railway-East grinstead
    The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for nine miles along the
    border between 
    East and West Sussex, England.Steam trains are operated between 
    Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, with an intermediate station at Horsted Keynes.
    The Bluebell Railway was the first preserved standard gauge steam-operated
    passenger railway in the world to operate a public service, running the first train on
    7th August 1960, less than 3 years after the line from 
    East Grinstead to Lewes had
    been closed by British Railways. The Bluebell Railway also preserved a number of
     steam locomotives even before the cessation of steam service on British
    mainline railways in 1968.

       

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                                                                        June
  6th                                                
           
                                               Traveled to meet Maggie in Birmingham

     
                                                            Sandra and Maggie,by Bully

    
                                                                      Maggie with Eva 
                                                          Home at Maggies in
Walsall

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June 7th

      
                               Visit to Stratford -on -Avon, while staying with Maggie
   
             Shakespeares Birthplace is a carefully restored 16th century half-timbered
          house situated in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England,
          where it is believed that
William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his
          childhood years

      

       
    Anne Hathaways cottage,where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride
                                                   at her picturesque family home.

      
                              We had lunch at BENS SONS Resturant in Stratford-upon-Avon

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                                                                            8th June 
                                                                    Coach to Liverpool
 
                                                                        

             
                                                                       8th June 
                                                                   
Eva outside the Cavern club
     The Cavern Club is a
rock and roll club in Liverpool, England. Opened on Wednesday
    16 January 1957, the club had their first performance by
The Beatles on 9 February 1961,
            and where
Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles performing on 9 November 1961.


                                              
                                                                        Eva in  
 Mathew Street 
      S
treet in Liverpool, England, best-known worldwide as the location of the Cavern Club

            
   Eva and Sandra meet up with Lynne, Erin and Lynda at the Albert Dock on our first 
                                                                    day in Liverpo
ol

       
                                                                    Albert Dock   
                                                               Sandra and Lynda   
   .

        
                              Lynne, Sandra, Erin and Lynda, eating out in Liverpool
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                                                                       June 9th
                                                             
Day two in Liverpool

                                      
                                                                         Liver Bird
                              
                                          Eva, Lyn, Lynne and Erin,in front of the Liver buliding               
Opened in 1911 the building is the purpose-built home of the Royal Liver Assurance
group, which had been set up in the city in 1850 to provide locals with assistance related
to losing a wage-earning relative.
Today the Royal Liver Building is one of the
most recognisable landmarks in the city of Liverpool and is home to two fabled
Liver Birds
that watch over the city and the sea. Legend has it that were these two birds to fly
away, then the city would cease to exist.

    
                                     
On  the Meresy Ferry-Sandra, Lynne,Erin and Eva
     The Mersey Ferry is a ferry 
service operating on the River Mersey in north west
     England , between Liverpool and the Wirral Peninsula. Ferries have been used on
     this route since at least the 12th century, and continue to be popular for both
     local people and visitors

 
                                              Erin and Lynne-on the Mersey Ferry

                          
 
      Erin and Eva (below)  visting the Beatles story experience-I think they wanted to
                                                                 join  the band

        

  

       Located in the Fab Fours hometown of Liverpool, the award-winning Beatles
       Story experience is an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and
                                                        music of the Beatles

  
                                
Sandra ,Lynda and Lynne, taking a rest with the Beatles
Being baby boomers me and Lynda did a lot of reminiscing about our teenage years
                     in the sixties while walking around Beatles Story
experience.

             
                            Eva-not in Abby Road, but in the Beatles museum Liverpool

               
                                                                                 Superlambanana
                                             These can be seen all around Liverpool
                      We were told by a taxi driver that this is the spot where St Patrick preached

       
               Lynda, Lynne and Erin, having a  meal with Eva at the Premier  Inn, before 
                                                                    heading home 
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                                                                      June 10th
                                                     Leave for Scotland to stay with Lyn
                                                                                                                                        

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                                                                       June 11th
                                                             Loch Lomond-Scotland
                                                                          

                                                       

             
                                                        
  Eva and Lyn by Loch Lomond
Loch Laomainn) is a freshwater Scottish loch, lying on the Highland Boundary Fault. It is
the largest loch/lake in Great Britain, by surface area, and contains many islands,
           including
Inchmurrin, the largest fresh water island in the British Isles

                 
                                                       Sandra and Lyn by Loch Lomond

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Eva and Lyn, on the shore of  Loch Lomond

     
    Eva. by a monkey puzzle tree -the bottom braches had fallen off
and we thought the
scares looked like faces

    
      Squirrel by the shores of
Loch Lomond wanting something to eat
We didnt have anything but by the look of him he wasnt going to starve

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June 12th
 Edinburgh
  


Sandra, Lyn, Claire and Rona


Edinburgh
Eva outside her favourite shop on the street of a very wet Royal Mile


Eva, wondering what is under a Scotsman Kilt

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 June13th
   Glasgow  


Botanical Gardens-Glasgow
Aycee ,Sandra, Miriam, Lyn and Nancy


 Lost in the Jungle


Lyn and Nancy, in the catus house
A reminder of our love of westerns

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 June 14th
Back to Maggie

 

                        
                                     Pebbles                                         Adam watching over us
                                                                       
                                                     
                                                                     15th June
                                                                       Walsall

 
  Walsall Walsall Leather Museu
     

          
We couldnt persuade Maggie to go for a ride

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16th June
Returned to East Grinstaed

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East Grinstead
17h June

     
The High Street contains one of the longest continuous runs of 14th-century
timber-framed buildings in England. Other notable buildings in the town
include
Sackville College, the sandstone almshouse built in 1609 where the
Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas" was written by John Mason Neale

       
         My brothers fishing shop in East Grinstead
       14th-century building

         
          East Grinstead
 
Sackville College -Good King Wenceslas" was written by John Mason Neale here


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             June 17th
            Penshusrt -Kent


Penshurst Place is a mansion built in 1341 and is the ancestral home of
the Sidney family. The house and gardens are open to public viewing. The
banqueting hall at Penshurst Place has been used as a filming location for
the Hollywood films
The Other Boleyn Girl and The Princess Bride and many
others


Eva and David in Penshurst Village

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18th JUNE
Bodiam Castle-East Sussex

 


Eva crossing the drawbridge
Bodiam Castle is a 14th-century
moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex,
England. It was built in 1385 by Sir
Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III,
with the permission of
Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion
during the
Hundred Years War. Of quadrangular plan, Bodiam Castle has no keep, having
its various chambers built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. Its corners
and entrance are marked by towers, and topped by crenellations. Its structure, details
and situation in an artificial watery landscape indicate that display was an important
aspect ofthe castles design as well as defence. It was the home of the Dalyngrigge
family and the centre of the
manor of Bodiam.


Eva loved the Castle


David and Sandra at the top of one of the castle towers
I think Eva and Pat got me over my fear of heights after persuading me
to go up the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth


 I took this photo of Eva from one of the castle towers,while she was taking a photo of
us at the top


My fisrt scary step down the tower stairway
If you didnt like bats this was also not the place to be, as the were living in the
tower room -the of smell of them was bad


Eva took a photo of the castle from ever possible angle


David and Sandra  standing by the castle moat

 


This view from the castle  shows the vine yards and oast houses in the background

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June 19th

Sussex by the Sea
 Eastbourne


Eastbourne Pier
Eastbourne lies at the eastern end of the South Downs alongside the famous
Beachy Head cliff. The sheltered position of the main town behind the cliff contributes
to Eastbournes title of sunniest place in Great Britain

                               
                                          Eva by the gardens along Eastbourns front


Eating chips on the pier


Ea with her chips


Belle Toute Lighthouse -Beachy Head
The cliffs at Beachy Head are crumbing fast and in spring 1999 the owner saved the
structure from tumbling into the sea by moving it back from the cliff-edge

Beachy Head is a
chalk headland on the south coast of England, close to the town
of
Eastbourne in the county of East Sussex, immediately east of the Seven Sisters. The
cliff there is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain


Eva enjoying a beer in an Alfriston pub on the way home from Eastbourne


On the way home from Eastbourne we came upon this  little Village of ...where
they were holding a flower festival

 

              
                                                                        June 20th                                                   
                                                      
David saying goodbye to Eva
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                                                              Eva leaves for home