Friday, October 29, 2010

Amy Visits England

My dear friend Amy who lives in Chicago came to visit us the other week for a break from her daily life. We had a great time exploring our area of England, drinking lots of tea, and also spent a few days in London to catch a play and eat (quite a bit) of food!
Amy at Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. Although called a "hospital" the buildings were used as retirement homes for soldiers who were injured whilst fighting for Queen Elizabeth I or had simply become aged. The master behind the plan was Lord Leycester, the Earl of Leicester, Lord Dudley.

We went for afternoon tea and sandwiches at a lovely little tea room in Warwick.
The sights in Warwick, so picturesque.

On Friday, we traveled into London for a bit and our first stop was lunch! The location - La Fromagerie.
Of course we indulged in the meat platter and cheese platters of the day. I am not sure if the baby was really allowed to have all of that cheese but luckily it seems that the baby may just enjoy it just as much as I do!
Amy at LaFromagerie.
Saturday morning's first stop was some shopping on Portobello Road.
Strolling the colorful (and busy) streets of Notting Hill.....
Window shopping, antique shopping, and more.....
Scoping out all of the famous sellers along the way at the Portobello Market.
After all of our Portobello Road shopping, it was time for some food shopping at The Borough Market. Amy loved it just as much as I do!
We had some raclette from the food stall with the very long queue....
And a giant Brat with sauerkraut and all!
While at the Borough Market, we also visited the famous Neal's Yard Dairy Cheese shop there. The cheese selection was beautiful and the cheese sellers were super helpful and very friendly.

Back up north in the middle of England, we continued Amy's visit with a day trip to the towns in the Cotswolds.
When we arrived in Burton-on-the-Water, there was a lady riding her horse through the water in the town.
Scott came along for the Cotswolds adventure too!
Amy & me in Burton-on-the-Water.
Pretty houses in the Cotswolds....
And a stop for afternoon tea and scones at a new location of Huffkins in Stow-on-the-Wold.

On Amy's last full day in England, we decided to venture down to Windsor Castle. Unfortunately we did not get to see the Queen while we were there, but we did enjoy touring the massive castle and seeing the nice town of Windsor.
Approaching Windsor Castle's grounds.
Inside the castle walls.
Amy at Windsor Castle.
And in keeping with the theme of Amy's visit, we stopped for the full afternoon tea service in Windsor. The cakes and (crust-free!) sandwiches were delicious.
What a royal and elegant way to spend the afternoon! Come back soon Amy!

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