Our daughter Stephanie loves British movies, British novels, British accents and has always desired to visit England. So, when we realized our trip to the UK would be on the date of her 30th birthday, we decided our gift to her would be to join us in England for a week.
We arrived a week before her, and she joined us in time for the European Leaders Conference being held in Oxford. After the conference we traveled to Basingstoke, where we all stayed with John & Marilyn, a lovely older couple, whose love story melted our hearts! We dined at our friends Dave & Chris’s home each night, and went sight-seeing during the day.
Places we saw included Winchester Cathedral, Christ’s Church in Oxford, the home of Jane Austen where she resided in the latter part of her life, and the city of London with its ornate architecture and enduring political history. Upon our arrival in London, we stood under the London Eye, and as we looked across at Big Ben, I heard Stephanie say, “I’m really in London.”
Here are a few pictures of our group enjoying the sights. It was a pretty cold day, but we remained undaunted!
As you can see — we really were in London!