We have always enjoyed seeing everyone in Dundee, and this short visit was no exception. Thanks to all of you for making us feel so welcome. Looking forward to seeing Alison and Murray in Perth in November, followed by Rory and Sian in April 2018 after the games. Not sure if Aus has a skeet shooter at the games, but we don't care, we'll be cheering for Scotland and Sian!
Murray dropped us at the train station on Saturday morning for our train bound for York, England. Rail in the UK is a fantastic way to travel. We were very comfy with facing seats and a table for cards and drinks, arriving about 1.00pm, just in time for a nap. Later, we strolled around York castle ruins, the scene of a few gruesome massacres, and up to an area known as "The Shambles". A butcher lane in medieval times, it is now a collection of boutique shops and small restaurants. Most of the multistory buildings in the street are feeling their age and leaning towards one another, almost touching in places. We took part in a ghost hunt walk in the evening. York is considered the most haunted place in England. With an estimated 600,000 unmarked graves beneath the city, it is easy to understand why, if you're into that sort of stuff.. More theatre than factual, we had a good time despite getting drenched before the end.
Next morning, we wandered the city wall and visited Jorvic. Jorvic is an archaeological excavation site discovered in the 70's. Like many places throughout the world, as the old city developed around a river, it was subject to continual flooding, with sediment building up and eventually covering the original settlement. The excavation revealed some incredibly well preserved artefacts, documenting life in the middle ages. Moving on to London by train in the afternoon, I have booked us into a hotel near Heathrow as our last stay before leaving for New York.
"Tubing" from Heathrow to Kings Cross station, we grabbed an English pub breakfast and headed to Bond Street (loving the Monopoly feel to London), for a little retail therapy. Lauren was intent on browsing the department stores, but I was on a mission… I have long admired a watch by Urwerk (Rose gold 202 series). You can't buy them in Perth, so I've never actually seen one in person. Marcus Time Pieces, an exclusive watch retailer in London has them. They are ridiculously expensive, so I was just window shopping, but would enjoy the experience. After two buses and a lot of trotting around in circles, we finally found the Marcus store. Well in fact, it had been the Marcus store until…. Wait for it…. Yesterday! They were in the process of moving premises and everything was packed away until they were ready to reopen.. Rats ! I'll try my luck in New York. Heading home after a glass of wine next door to Jamie's Italian, we were back at the hotel by 9.00pm.
Today we are heading off to Stonehenge for another history lesson. With the archaeologists dating the oldest known funeral site at 3000BC, it makes the Roman's efforts look positively modern. Unfortunately the pick pockets from Athens have come back to haunt us, as I find out we can not hire a car without a credit card in my name.. The travel money card we have been using is generic with no name. They're fine with me paying on line with the card, but won't accept it for the security deposit. No, they won't accept cash either. Disappointed, we eventually headed into London again, checking out the Borough Markets for a yummy lunch and wandering the Thames to Tower Bridge. As we are leaving the UK tomorrow, we headed home about 6.30pm