Sunday, September 30, 2012

A great opportunity Part 5

We ended the cruise with 4 days in London, so much to see, unable to fit it all in....
Toured Windsor Castle, visited the palace and St George Chapel

the British Museum, so many wonderful exhibits!
Outside Charing Cross Station, so many things to see

Climbed up the Monument
great views of London along the Thames

boat ride down the Thames to Greenwich, visited the Nat'l Maritime Museum

visiting the Royal Observatory, on the Prime Meridian

Tower Bridge

sailed up to Westminster

toured Wellington Arch and Apsley House

to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery, so much fabulous art, also the Nat'l Portrait Gallery
All Hallows by the Tower, very interesting

The Tower of London, so many exhibits

On the cruise, we met the Chief Warder from the Tower of London,  invited us to look him up at the Tower!

tour of Tower bridge

Southwark Cathedral, organ was playing while I visited

Strolled along the Queen's Walk down to Clink Street

and the Globe Theatre

crossed the Milennium Bridge

Toured St Paul's Cathedral

climbed the 528 steps up to the Golden Gallery above the dome

made it to the top, great views of London

Verger's tour of Westminster Abbey, 900 yrs of history
Horse Guard Museum

Piccadilly Circus

A few meals at local pubs
Tour of Buckingham Palace and the diamond jewelry exhibit in honor of  the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

enjoyed tea & cakes in the palace garden

toured the Royal Mews

walked through St James Park

Able to see the Rubens ceiling in Banqueting House (I hope to visit Italy one day)

We ended our visit, with Mom's favorite a trip to St Martin's Theatre and a performance of the Mousetrap

Thanks Mom & Dad for a fabulous trip!!!!!

A great opportunity Part 4

Sailed into Lisbon

Traveled to Cascais, strolled through town, enjoyed pastries

walked along the harbor

Travelled to Sintra, walked through the garden enjoying the views

beautiful town

Returned to Lisbon for a short stroll around own

Sailing out of Lisbon
Sailed to Vigo, Spain

Went to the fortification on Mont Castro

beautiful views of Vigo

crossed the Minho river into Portugal
Went to the fortification-city of Valenca

a large fortified city

I was surprised how large the city was inside

looking across the river toward Spain

returned to Vigo, only enough time to visit the Oyster market

A great opportunity Part 3

Then we sailed to Alicante, and quickly drove through the city

up to the mountains to Guadelest

We walked up to this city in the rocks

There is only one way in, a door in the rock

A quaint city

hiked up to the old fortress on the top of the rock

view of the bell tower and outer tower on the rock wall

leaving town through the rock

We had a little time to stroll in Alicante

along the water front

The next day was my birthday, we sailed into Malaga

and immediately went up to the Alhambra

an amazing place with fabulous tile work, doors, arches

fabulous pools, buildings

fascinating ceilings

courtyards, fountains

cool inside, while 97F outside

larger and more fascinating than I imagined

many pools

bath house

bath house

a wonderful day