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LONDON - 24, 25, 26 & 27th

Out and about London, Leeds Castle, White cliffs of Dover & Canterbury Cathedral

Our last few days have been in London. Out and about, wandering taking random photos.

Yes, more bikes - we are seriously missing our bikes now -
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The Household Cavalry :

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In front of the National Gallery:

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The National Gallery is brilliant - no photos allowed - grrrrr.

and other stuff :

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On Monday (26th) we did a tour of the Tower of London complete with a Beefeater guide:

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Double barrelled Wheelock Pistol
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Today (Tues 27th) we took a Bus trip, 1st stop was Leeds Castle built in the 1119 (12th Century):

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King Henry VIII
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Lady Baillie purchased the Castle in 1926 to use as her home, massive renovations were required including installing plumbing and electricity.

Her personal bathroom - with Russian Onyx and underfloor heating - very rare in those days.

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Note the Black Swans - Lady Baillie purchased a pair after visiting Australia, and liked them so much she had black swans embroidered on all of her linen.

This is her personal toiletries case - taken on all journeys - and contains all her personal requirements. Obviously never had to "Travel Light" like we do !!!

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Next stop was The White Cliffs of Dover - and their "spectacular beach" of rocks.

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Final stop for the day was the Canterbury Cathedral - where prayer has been offered for more than 1400 years.

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In 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and, when soon afterwards miracles were said to take place, the Cathedral became one of Europe's most important pilgrimage centres.

Murdered at this place now known as the Martyrdom, with implements like this, the spot is simply marked THOMAS

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Of course, amazing architecture and unbelievable lead light windows that tell many stories. Still amazing to believe these windows have been here for 1400 years.

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Tomorrow is the last day of our adventure which will include a frantic last minute dash to the shops.
When I get home there will be one last blog - could take a few days though - Jetlag will get the blame.

Posted by MKaye 14:52 Archived in United Kingdom

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What a fantastic journey. I've enjoyed every minute of it and will be sorry it's over.
Wonderful photography.
I imagine it will take you weeks to come back down to earth.
Thanks for sharing.

by Di

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