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... but we got there.
I had tried since last year to get pre-booked tickets for this place but had no luck. This was the first day of their summer season which worked out perfectly with our schedule but I knew it would be busy which is why I knew we had to be there at 10am or risk not getting in. We got there at 10:30 and there was already a line. Thankfully it was moving quickly and we only ended up waiting about 15 minutes. We got in though!
Mum, Dad ...
... several hours on the plane. A couple of Global Services passengers were rerouted onto other flights, which freed up a seat for me to upgrade and be next to Krista for the flight home.
A several hour delay was OK.
Did see the concorde and Windsor Castle out the window.
... Elizabeth's lap and the seat beside her. After 45 minutes, and no way to communicate with Chris, Elizabeth is growing worried, and could no longer feel her legs with Julian snoring on her lap. Finally, Chris walks in, over an hour later just as Elizabeth shifts a fast asleep Julian to attempt to bring life to her legs again.
Chris's "short trip" to the storage ...
... we hand back the car. It has been a good little car and taken us a long way and given us the opportunity of seeing things we never would have otherwise. Being in England I have learnt that you do not ask for 'white tea', as that is what you get. White tea as opposed to black tea, or green tea. When you ask for milk they look horrified as I did when I added it to this pale liquid and got an off white/ grey liquid. Lesson ...
... of The Library, the gilded panels and silk embroideries of The Music Room, the impressive vaulted ceiling of The Saloon, and a mighty Van Dyck portrait in the Dining Room of King Charles I on horseback. Pat particularly enjoyed the staircases and The Saloon, all of which had featured prominently in nearly every episode of 'Downton Abbey'.
For me though, the highlights were the gardens. The Monks' Garden stands ...