Gallery Addition to 2018 Holiday Letter

England Trip, April 11-20



Our tour group in front of Highclere Castle

Day 1: right from the airport to Hampton Court Palace


Iconic English phone booth and giant Lindt Easter bunny sculpture (both at Hampton Court)


Tower of London (the crown jewels are housed behind me) and the Tower Bridge


High tea at Harrod’s Department Store (fancy bathroom on right)


Bletchley Park: where the WWII codebreakers lived and worked. Shirley sketched a swan by the pond.


Posing with friends at Bletchley Park


our hotel (The Randolph) in Oxford

At Highclere Castle (of Downton Abbey fame)

HIghclere Castle jigsaw puzzle I bought in the gift shop, then assembled and framed it at home




Dartmouth (enroute to Agatha Christie’s Greenway estate in Devon) and

 “Tarts on the Dart”: me and Aimee Granger, our WPT host (and my former neighbor)


At the Crowne Plaza, our hotel in Plymouth, with roommate Shirley Steiner, and British tour guide extraordinaire, Peter French

Cornwall: of “Doc Martin” fame and my ancestral homeland



Peter French, our fantastic tour guide, sharing WWII stories of his father

The London Eye: yes, Shirley and I rode it!

Buckingham Palace

View of London on the River Thames (I think I took this pic from the London Eye…”a foggy day in London town”, as the song goes)

The Harte and Garter, our hotel in Windsor, across the street from Windsor Castle

(You may recognize this scene from the televised royal wedding footage.)

Windsor Castle selfie (I was practicing with my new cell phone camera…and proving I was there)

St. George’s Chapel (site of the royal Harry & Meghan wedding) on the grounds of Windsor Castle

Resting at Windsor Castle (the daffodils were plentiful and in full bloom during our stay)

A few British coins, including Beatrix Potter 50-pence pieces

English countryside with hedgerows and sheep (seen from our tour bus)