After a lovely time in Ireland, it was time to make our way back to London for a couple days before going to mainland Europe.
We got up early in the morning to catch the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, Wales, crossing the Irish Sea. On our way to the shuttle to take us to the ferry we were walking along a bridge and out of no where I decided to test gravity and I tripped really bad :(. It was a long drawn out affair where I tried to catch myself before falling, but in the end I smacked my knee into the cement and scrapped up both my hands. I managed to avoid hitting my face on the ground so thats a win. I hope I brightened everyones day that was fortunate enough to see that nonsense, and they got a good chuckle.
Any who, once we made it to the ferry it was an uneventful trip to Wales, we snacked, slept, and chatted on the way. Once to Holyhead, we boarded the train that took us through the Welsh and English countryside all the way back to London. We unfortunqtely didnt get any pictures of this part of the journey as the windows were super dirty on the train. We did play crib on the trip though and I skunked Quinn so that was good :).
The next day we ventured out on a day tour where we got to explore Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath. Windsor Castle was very extravagant. We saw lots of very beautiful and expensive things. We explored the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dollhouse, and St George's Cathedral; there is so much beauty and history with everything was saw.
Our next stop was Stonehenge, this was a very interesting, old site, with so much still unknown about it. We did the tourist thing and took pictures of the site, walked around it, and even did the strength test to see how many of you it would take to pull a rock like the ones used to construct the monument.
Our last stop of the day was at the town of Bath, here there are natural hot springs that were utalized by the Romans in the first century. Some of the Roman infrastructure is still standing and has been incorporated into the current buildings and surroundings. This was an amazing day of exploring three such different, but all amazing sites, throughout England; we definetly got our fill of history for the day, and all from such different time periods!
Our second full day back in England, we made our way south of London on the train to visit Wowo campground. This campground is owned by Elmer Ivan's sister Jean, he suggested we go visit and we are so glad we did :). It was really nice to get out of the city and have a slow, relaxing day. Jean's daughter Alice picked us up from the train station and got us settled into the campground. We were given a shepherds cabin and lots of food. We had tea and visited with Jean and Alice and it was so nice to get to know them!
We spent the rest of our day going for a walk to explore the countryside, playing ping pong, and relaxing. I kicked Quinn's butt at ping pong by the way :).
Our little cabin was so cute; it had a wood burning stove to heat it and Quinn was the best fire master to keep the fire blazing and keep us warm.
We really had the best time at the campground and were so thankful for Jean's generosity and hospitality. A relaxing day out of the city with good company is just what we needed to refuel before continuing on our trip :).
Our trip to the campground concluded the first half of the trip, its now on to mainland Europe with Paris, France being the first stop!
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Bye for now,
Quinn & Shelby