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... for another group meal. I was able to say my farewells to Newcastle as well. The hardest farewells, of course, were the ones I said to my friends. I have made such an amazing group of friends in Durham. They have been like my family, and I don't know what I would have done without them this year. It's not where you go that makes a trip, but who you meet. I was privilege enough to have met some of the greatest people in the world at Durham.
After an English Breakfast (pretty close to the Scottish one), we left our home on the farm and drove to Fountains Abbey. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for over 400 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries. King Henry sacked the monks/churches wealth and demolished hundreds of abbeys. Fountains Abbey is the best preserved. Just seeing what's left gives you a hint of what it must have been like fully built. We stopped in Ripon for ...
After a full (minus the black pudding) Scottish breakfast we were off to Doune Castle. For any Monty Python fans, many of the scenes of the Search for the Holy Grail movie where shot here (examples inc. Wooden rabbit, the prince that just wants to sing, French knight that taunts...). Later that morning we started our drive south toward England, more precisely, ...
We left Carlisle early Sunday morning and drove along Lake Ullswater on way to Lake Windermere, The road was narrow in many places and climbed up to Kirkstone Pass at 485m,
We had a late breakfast by the lake and were amazed at some sort of Indian festival/parade that closed the streets - dozens of Indians dressed in Scottish outfits playing bagpipes.
We then caught the car ferry across Lake Windermere and drove along more narrow roads to Coniston ...
... Depart" from Yorkshire and we drove along much of the route/s where the locals had put out on display and in a show of support, many yellow painted bicycles, polka dot and yellow (maillot jaune) jerseys.
The weather was good up until we got to Yorkshire and then it was like someone had flicked a switch and summer was gone, replaced by much cooler and wetter weather, but not bad enough for us to get out and about.
Richmond and ...