Wednesday, September 26, 2012

And this concludes the longest vacation recap in history...











Well, over a month after it began, the recap is finally complete.

We rounded out our journey in Merry Old England (or Dingland, if you're in our family). When we were planning this trip last December, we had hopes to spend a few days in London. We searched high and low for a hotel room and couldn't find one to save our lives. Scratching our heads as to why all of London was booked solid, the Husband hit the nail on the head.

The Olympics.

Yep, we were hitting England smack dab in the middle of the Olympic Games. It made our decision easy. We would avoid London like the plague, and instead spend our time north in York.

Which was a treat because when the Husband was 14 years old, he moved there with his whole family while Opa got a master's degree at York University.

We were able to see the school he went to, walk to his favorite place for Fish & Chips, as well as see the house they all lived in. The current owners happened to be home, and were thrilled to give us a top-to-bottom tour. The house had been remodeled extensively, so it looked a lot better than when the family lived there 25 years ago.

Other highlights included:

* Touring the York Minster with Opa, who helped work to restore it after a fire in the 80s.

* Watching the Husband get roped into helping a street performer.  He threw real knives to this nut who was up on a unicycle, juggling blindfolded.  Luckily, no one lost any limbs, and none of my children have as yet started juggling knives blindfolded on a unicycle.  Bonus.

* Walking the ancient wall around the city of York.  Originally built in 71 AD.  You can imagine Chase's commentary.

*Shopping in the Shambles and wishing desperately I could move here.

* High tea at Betty's.  Why can't we get clotted cream here in the states?  Delish.

* Going to church in the old ward and being treated like rock stars because everyone still remembered the Husband, his family, and the impact they made while there.

* Rounding out a four-country whirlwind tour with the best tour guides anyone has ever known.

It was a fantastic trip with fantastic people, and I'm so grateful we had the opportunity to go.

And, if you're still reading after all these posts, and you're not one of the people who were on this trip, you deserve a medal.  Phew.

The End.


Thelma said...

I have enjoyed reading about and seeing pictures from your trip.

And I know what you mean about clotted cream...

kh said...

me too! i have loved all the photos and text. you had a good time now i want to go!!!

shilo said...

I loved reading about your trip. The pics were fabulous, especially the ones you were in (a rare treat). I got to live vicariously. Some day... *sigh*

Kimmie said...

What a great trip and I did read to the end. Lifetime memories unless you are like me and can't remember your name half the time.

Jenibelle said...

Loved our staycation with you!! It was cheaper at my end, and not quite so many scrumptious calories.

And you do know that eventually the knife juggling will start don't you?

Jo-Lynne Shane said...

Your photography is absolutely amazing. Love these photos! How fun that trip must have been.

Lauren in GA said...

Yeah...the knife juggling? If it were my kids it would just be a question of time...I'm glad your kids haven't started. That is definitely a bonus, indeed :)

I loved all of the recaps. That is so lovely that you got to see York...and that the ward members remembered The Husband and Opa and Oma. Amazing. This truly was the trip of a lifetime.

Lala said...

Sounds amazing! What an experience. Something you & the kids will remember for the rest of their lives.