Old Friends & New I’ve Found at Waterloo

10th June 2012

It’s amazing to think tomorrow is our last day in England. The past few days have been filled with fabulous meals, wine, people, and places.

On Friday we spent the day exploring Kent with the lovely Haynes family. They have become our “English family” while we have been here and our entire experience would not have been the same without them.

After going to see the ancient English town of Rye, and a delicious lunch at a local gastro pub, we headed to Leed’s castle.

While most of us know the name Leed’s for the famous WHO album, it is in fact also the site of the largest castle in Kent.

Within 5 minutes of seeing the flawlessly kept grounds I had already decided that the castle would be the site of my wedding in the very distant future (mom & dad you’d better start saving now!)

Feeling rested after our leisurely day Jackie and I took the opportunity to travel to Cambridge on Saturday as it was unfortunately one of our only sunny days here (those that know London will not be surprised to hear it has rained 85% of our trip).

It was in Cambridge that I truly feel deeply and madly in love with England.

The cobblestone streets and scholarly looking citizens were so inspiring (all the cute Cambridge men didn’t hurt either).

After some serious shopping, including a stop at TK Maxx (yes, it’s TK here not TJ) we went on what I now know to be the must do activity in Cambridge: punting.

Punting is in a sense the same thing as a gondola ride but much less romantic. However the views of Cambridge were beyond stunning and one of my favorite experiences so far.

Today we went back into London and went to service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. While I have now been in what feels like an endless number of cathedral’s, this one stood out.

The cathedral is known as the English architect Christopher Wren’s masterpiece and as a beacon of hope during the great London fire.

I myself found mass in the cathedral incredibly moving and loved seeing all the traditions of the Church of England.

This account by no means details everything we have done. If I were to write about it all not only would it take away from the few pressure hours of sleep I get it would also scare away anyone who actually reads this.


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