Castles, Cathedrals and More

Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
Trip End Jun 12, 2012

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ok, we are on the road, and have left
the Piddle Inn... had a great breakfast. The roads brought us up and
back where we were the day before. The sun has come out a little so
we are smiling. First we headed out to see a state manor house which
was called a castle. This was Sr. Walter Raleigh's. It was in
really good shape but we were not allowed to take pictures. The
grounds were amazing, all the rooms were filled with huge antiques.

Later we went along to a castle that
was mostly in ruins, Farleigh Hungerford. It was lovely as the sun
was out. We got lots a few times getting there. We went through a
few very small roads, but it was nice to finally get out and walk
around. Had to fill up with gas, it was 48 pounds.... Good thing we
get great mileage.

From here we were really very lost, but
eventually found our way to Gloucester. On the way we drove to a
beautiful little town of Bradford Upon Avon. This town was on the
canal system and there were boats docked and little Canal restaurants
where folks were eating. We say the same thing here in Gloucester on
the canal while we were lots. Can't wait for the next leg of our

Gloucester, is a very old city, with
some beautiful buildings. The North Gate was once the main entrance
from London and by the3 middle ages Northgate Street had become a
large trading area. Anyway, our Inn is very old. It is on a walking
boulevard, so we couldn't drive here. We were lost a few time here,
and said some prayers. We parked and found our Inn on foot. Then we
killed some time by heading over to the Cathedral. Wow, another
great artifact. You can't believe how large it is. I have some
great photos, but you can't really capture what it was like. Again
the organ was being played. This church is where King Edward II is
buried. I have a photo. Now as I am typing this at 7pm, there are
bells playing at the church. It has been going on for about 10
minutes. It is amazing.

Now the New Inn at Gloucester is
amazing. They called it the New Inn because it was rebuilt in the
1450's. It is original since then. The door to our room is not full
height. The hall leading to the door, is up hill and slanted to the
right. You could roll all the way to the stairs if you weren't
careful. This is where Lady Jane Grey was persuaded to become queen
at the age of 17. She was staying here at the New Inn when the
proclamation was made. Her reign only lasted seventeen days before
Mary Tudor and her supporters deposed here. Later in the 1600 th
century plays were performed in the courtyard. It is suggested that
Shakespeare could have performed here when he toured with Lord

I don't have internet here so we are
going to head off to McDonald's in hope of being able to upload these
last two days.... tomorrow on to Avon on Statford.
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