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... world? Big question, if not a long one! But a good question nonetheless. Why not?! I have nothing to run away from so that bit was easy to answer. But escape....now there's a thought :-) I predict that, although I will enjoy this experience, I will understand and begin to appreciate the brilliance and freedom we experience in the UK compared to other countries even though we take it for ...
Here we are in Malmesbury, the "Queen of the hilltop towns" and reportedly the place of the oldest continuous settlement in England. King Athelstan died here in 709 and was buried in the Abbey, which is virtually next door to where we are staying in a home exchange organised by Trish and Ray.
It's an old house, over three levels and quite comfortable despite its plumbing issues.
We all love Malmesbury. The ...
... way to worship. The boys who sang, all had such beautiful voices. It was crazy that every single one of them could sing better than me.. I wish I had an ounce of their talent. It was also in a very beautiful old building. Man, I am going to miss Oxford. The last day of our break, we went to the White Cliffs of Dover. They are in England, not Ireland haha. There was a lot of confusion about that. Dover is actually one of the busiest ports going to France. It ...
... of stalactites and stalagmites, however having been so impressed by the ones we saw in Domme, I was a bit disappointed. It seems the best ones were taken 300 years ago by a chap who decided he wanted to put them on display in his home, so he shot them down with a musket! Unfortunately the whole area has been turned into a rather tacky theme park, complete with a mirror maze, an Edwardian penny arcade and a valley full of giant fibreglass dinosaurs!
... we discovered, in quite good condition. It had been originally built as a fort, then was used as a prison, and eventually important families lived there. It had two moats and it would have been almost impossible to break into, but still they tried. The township of Caerphilly is built around the castle and it is like a sleeping giant in the centre of town. Castell Coch was quite different as it had been restored. A wealthy earl in the 18 century decided ...