Had a lovely weekend with my youngest daughter – we visited a new quilt store, had breakfast for lunch, stayed in a lovely rural hotel with a view (see below), treated our bodies to a facial and hot pool soaks and ate a great steak dinner! That was only the first day.
On the Sunday we had a fantastic breakfast at an old favourite haunt, wandered through the Bath Christmas market, completed most of our Christmas shopping lists and went through the Fashion Museum in the basement of the Assembly Rooms.
It was a great two day break in which we didn’t stop talking!
My women’s group went on a guided tour of Christchurch College at Oxford University yesterday. We got to see the cathedral and had tea in the Harry Potter dining hall but the highlight was the library which has 8,000 pre 1800s books in its collection. As a special treat the librarian showed us this parchment outlining the charter of the College with Henry VIII’s signature and seal! Amazing! One of the many wonders of living in England and being able to see items from the 1500s.
Went to the Royal Albert Hall for a concert this afternoon to celebrate our anniversary. We have never been and this venue is truly amazing. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing Holst’s The Planets wasn’t bad either.
The view from the top deck of our boat moored for the night in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Just spent the day exploring the Old Town with the thousands of visitors who came to see the Game of Thrones and Star Wars filming locations. We have seen neither show!
Today’s nighttime picture is of Kurcola – a mini Dubrovnik with 95 percent less people. We got this short boat trip to Croatia on sale and I’d recommend it to anyone. We’re the only ones from the UK – there’s Aussies, Kiwis, Americans and Cape Towners who are all doing the trip as part of a grand tour of Europe. They are all annoyed that we only had a two hour flight to get here!
Typical view along the coast as we sailed along.
A dear friend of ours once told us about how he loved to go “chateau bashing” in France – the meaning being that one knocked as many chateaus off one’s list for every visit. Steve and I just got back from four days in the Loire Valley where we explored eight chateaus in four days Usse, Amboise, Chaumont, Blois, Azlay-le-Rideau, Vilandry; Chambord and Cheverny). Every one is different and has a unique claim to fame. We wandered around the interiors of the buildings, but we also took lots of pictures, visited the gardens and had numerous leisurely picnic lunches under the trees.
We walked for miles, but I never got bored of any of the properties, although I had to rest the old bones in the evenings after dinner out and a few Kirs, of course!