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  • Day 01 - London - Minkukel
    and started exploring the city of London London Victoria Underground Station Surfacing at Picadilly Circus the first object catching our eyes was one of the many bright red double decker busses We took a picture but decided to walk Picadilly Circus Double Decker Bus Not only the busses but also the telephone boxes in London are bright red Red telephone box in London Soon we arrived at Trafalgar square This is one of the main touristic spots in London The name Trafalgar Square refers to the Battle of Trafalgar about 200 years ago In the center of the square is Nelson s Column Nelson was the Admiral who died during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 But the British navy won anyway Trafalgar Square with Nelson s Column Nelson s Column is guarded by four big black lions Trafalgar Square Every tourist has to climb on one of these lions for obvious reasons Trafalgar Square Lion Trafalgar square offers many photo opportunities for example this fountain Trafalgar Square Fountain Leaving the busy square behind we were looking for a peaceful walk in the park The signboard prepared us for some plain clothes under cover action St James Park has Thieves A plain clothes bobby is trying to spot some thieves Bobby in St James Park And here s the plain clothes thief Squirrel in St James Park In and out of the Underground we then surfaced near Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey On the map we had discovered that we were now close to Scotland Yard That sounds interesting but New Scotland Yard it s not London Scotland Yard Goto Day 2 Archives Archives Select Month June 2015 August 2014 May 2014 April 2014 December 2013 November 2013 August 2013 April 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 October 2012 September

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  • Day 02 - London - Minkukel
    some confusion when crossing roads Do I have to look left or right Luckily the city of London in its wisdom provides some guidance Look right Or is it a test Look right or left We walked back to the Thames river for a long walk along its banks On this beautiful day with sunshine and clouds we enjoyed many great views over the river London Eye near River Thames Near the river we suddenly came upon an obelix guarded by a very British sphinx with a stiff upper lip Sphinx There is no way to avoid seeing the big London Eye when walking through London It s very popular with hundreds of people waiting in long lines for an expensive flight 18 90 pound sterling London Eye The big Eye is about 135 meters tall and spins at an incredible speed One revolution takes 30 minutes London Eye London Eye More beautiful views over the river Thames with in the distance the houses of parliament and the Big Ben Thames River with Westminster and Big Ben Clock Tower A lion overlooking the river Thames Lion statue Now we directed our walk towards the Palace of Westminster and the clock tower Big Ben Big Ben Clock Tower The Palace of Westminster A look back over the river towards the London Eye The London Eye The Big Ben clock tower is know for its Great Bell which is a bell of over 2 meters tall and weighing 13 5 tons Every hour you can enjoy the sound of the Big Ben Big Ben Clock Tower Now the Underground took us to Hyde Park Sign to the Underground Hyde Park was crowded with Bobbies possibly enjoying their lunch break with a walk in the park Or are they here for another reason

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  • Day 03 - Windsor Castle and Stone Henge - Minkukel
    motto is Honi soit qui mal y pense which is French for shame upon him who thinks evil upon it This and more interesting lore can be learned during a visit to Windsor Castle and St George s Chapel Arms of the Order of the Garter St Georges s Chapel is a beautiful building both outside and inside Church at Windsor castle This is not a joke but according to a signboard it is a real soldier who should not be distracted from his duties as a guard We saw many tourists trying to distract him but he kept a stiff upper lip Guard at Windsor castle Colorful buildings near St George s Chapel Near Windsor castle Colorful windows inside St George s Chapel Windows in the St George Chapel Trees show that autumn is approaching Windsor castle Our visit to Windsor Castle took several hours but there was still plenty of time to visit Stonehenge Stonehenge is a prehistoric about 4300 years old monument near Salisbury Stonehenge The Stonehenge monument is mysterious and beautiful An audio tour guides visitors around the monument explaining what is known about its history There are many old stone circles in Great Britain but Stonehenge is the most famous Stonehenge It s amazing to imagine how these stones that weigh several tons each have been moved around so many years ago Stonehenge The stones are believed to be arranged in such a way that they can be used as a calendar During the winter and summer solstice the stones are aligned with the rising and setting sun The longest and shortest days of the year must have had special meaning to the people who erected these stones Stonehenge Stonehenge circle is older than the great pyramids in Egypt Stonehenge under sky We recommend everybody

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  • Day 04 - Salisbury Cathedral and Durdle Door - Minkukel
    of this cathedral is 135 meters high The cathedral is also called Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Cathedral of Saint Mary It was built over a period of one hundred years between 1220 and 1320 Street view with Salisbury Cathedral Statues decorate the outside walls of the cathedral Salisbury Cathedral statues on the outside Inside the cathedral Salisbury Cathedral Interior Colorful windows in Salisbury cathedral Salisbury Cathedral Interior with windows Salisbury Cathedral Interior Salisbury Cathedral Outside Salisbury Cathedral Tower After visiting the cathedral we left Salisbury and drove south Near the village of Cerne Abbas we saw the Cerne Abbas giant which is also called the Rude Giant It is a 56 meters tall figure of a naked giant carved in the rock of a hillside Actually we didn t like it that much but we had a nice walk in this area The Giant of Cerne Abbas During our holiday in Great Britain we noticed in many places that birds here are not very shy Often we could get quite close for example this pretty Robin which we saw near the Cerne Abbas giant Robin Sheep are grazing on the hillside Sheep in a landscape Beautiful trees while we walked around near the village of Cerne Abbas Beautiful trees One of the sites we wanted to visit today was the Durdle Door which is a natural arch in the rocks It s a remarkable gateway to the sea We walked around over the various white rocks and spend some time on the beach which is covered with small pebbles Durdle Door Durdle Door Durdle Door Durdle Door The rocks near Durdle Door are white Sea near Durdle Door From Durdle Door we drove to Torquay where we were going to spend the night In Torquay we

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  • Day 05 - Dartmoor - Minkukel
    moorland area It s a beautiful place with many surprising landscapes in a range of colors If you like landscapes and walking this is the place to go Dartmoor landscape From the hills covered in heather and ferns you often get views over the farmland in the far distance Beautiful landscapes Dartmoor is home to thousands of sheep Landscape with sheep Throughout the area you will see many of these walls made of rough stones Stone walls determine the landscape Stone walls In the distance you often see small rocky hilltops which are called tors Landscape with stone walls Ferns heather and a variety of other plants bring color in the landscape Dartmoor landscape colors A very cute little cow crossed the road as were driving through the area White cow In the afternoon clouds were moving in and gradually the weather got more somber Dartmoor stone walls Old bridges made of stones cross the little river near Postbridge Old stone bridge Old stone bridge The clouds were getting lower and lower as we visited this tor Rocks in the mist Rocks in the mist Rocky hill You can climb on the rocks but it looks like they can come down on you any moment Climbing on a tor Driving and walking around in Dartmoor was really wonderful If you enjoy wild landscapes and long walks then don t miss this area when you visit the south west of England From here we continue our journey to Bath which we hope to visit tomorrow Goto Day 6 Archives Archives Select Month June 2015 August 2014 May 2014 April 2014 December 2013 November 2013 August 2013 April 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 October 2012 September 2012 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 November 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July

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  • Day 06 - Bath and Avebury Stone Circles - Minkukel
    went to see the Roman Bath Already 2000 years ago Bath was a touristic place and the Romans who then occupied the area had built a temple and a public bath near the hot springs Only few years ago all this has been uncovered by archeologists and now the area is open for tourists who can learn about the history of the place and imagine how beautiful it must have been so many years ago Roman Hot Springs in Bath Under the buildings is a system of canals and pipes that were used to fill the baths with hot water from the spring Roman Hot Springs in Bath This is just one of the several baths Some rooms were heated by fires under the floor Roman Hot Springs in Bath Bath is a beautiful town and after visiting the Abbey and the Roman Bath there is still a lot to be seen for example these houses with hundreds of chimneys Many chimneys on houses in Bath Leaving Bath behind we then continued to Avebury a place that is famouse for its ancient stone circles Landscape in Avebury Stone Circle The stone circles at Avebury cover a very large area This site is even older than Stone Henge and while fewer tourists come here we found it to be just as impressive and would recommend it to anybody who plans to come to England and who like old stones Avebury Stone Circle These stones have been standing here for about 5000 years which means that these stone circles are older than the pyramids of Egypt Avebury Stone Circle Avebury Stone Circle Avebury Stone Circle When we visited the Avebury stone circle the weather kept switching between rain and sunshine which created a wonderful atmosphere with fresh air and rainbows Avebury Stone

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  • Day 07 - Witley Court and Stokesay Castle - Minkukel
    Fountains Witley Court Fountains The fountain with behind it the ruins of Witley court Witley Court Fountains Witley Court These flower gardens have been made to look how they must have looked many years ago when Witley court was still in use Witley Court Gardens Witley Court Gardens Witley Court Next to Witley court is the parish church which was not destroyed in the fire From the outside it does not look very special but inside it is really very special with colorful glass windows and beautiful painting on the ceiling Church Inside the parish church Church Interior with Windows Some of the very colorful windows in the parish church Church Interior with Windows Church Interior with Windows From Witley court we then went to visit Stokesay castle This is a small castle with a beautiful gate house Next to the castle is a small church Stokesay Castle View from the church s graveyard to to gate house of Stokesay castle Stokesay Castle Graveyard Some colorful windows in the church show saints Michael and Gabriel Stokesay Castle Church Windows Visitors to Stokesay castle get an audio tour which explain a lot about the history of the building Stokesay Castle The colorful gate house of Stokesay castle Stokesay Castle A small flower garden near the castle A flower garden near the castle The tower of stokesay castle The tower of the castle After visiting Stokesay s castle we went to see Mitchell s fold stone circle This is a small stone circle located in some moorland The stone circle is not very special but it is a nice place for a walk and to get some fresh air Mitchells Fold Stone Circle Near the Mitchell s fold stone circle we found this sheep hiding in the ferns Sheep From Mitchell s

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  • Day 08 - Harlech Castle and Snowdonia - Minkukel
    farm Some early morning sheep greet us when we start our day Sheep in Wales First we drove west until we reached the sea Wales view to the sea Harlech castle is a real strong castle with high walls and towers From the castle you have a nice view to the sea Harley Castle in Wales We had already found out that Wales has a very special language This signboard can be used as a Rosetta Stone for those who want to translate to English Danger at Harlech Castle The walls of Harlech castle are high and strong Serious walls at Harlech Castle Harlech Castle The main building of Harlech castle Harlech Castle After our visit to Harlech castle we continued our trip towards Snowdonia Many beautiful landscapes are found in this area Snowdonia Snowdonia landscape Landscape with lake Snowdonia is a high mountain area Many tourists visit here most of them ready for long walks on the mountain Snowdonia landscape Walking in Snowdonia Tomorrow we will move to the Peak District Goto Day 09 Archives Archives Select Month June 2015 August 2014 May 2014 April 2014 December 2013 November 2013 August 2013 April 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December

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