Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Great Britain - Final Thoughts

The thirty-nine travelers had a wonderful experience in Great Britain!  Everyone enjoyed the fellowship, fun, and food while visiting England, Scotland, and Wales. We learned about cultures unlike our own and garnered an appreciation for traditions of old. Many traditions we found intriguing and others we wished were our own. Landscapes and architectures and historical tales created impressions/images of long ago and created a thirst for more.  This trip just covered the surface of what we can learn from our new friends. Our journey has just begun.

Until we meet again....

Day Nine - Heading Home

Travelers sit at the Heathrow Airport in London waiting to depart for Raleigh/Durham.

Day Eight

The group traveled to the university city of Cambridge.
Several of us had lunch at The Eagle, one of the oldest inns in the city.
The pub has been in existence since the 15th century.
The Royal Air Force Bar, within The Eagle, had signatures
and squadron numbers of men and women from all over the world
who visited the pub during World War II.
Shown in the photo are Carole Mehle and Dawn Wilson.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Day Eight - Stamford, England

The tour included a stop in the market town of Stamford on Day 8.
Several of us dropped in at the Golden Fleece for mid-morning break.

Carnell Lamm, June Cherry, and Lance Cherry pose in a pub in Stamford.

The market town of Stamford, England.

Day Seven

The Floors Castle was the main attraction on the seventh day. The castle was built for the first Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. The 10th Duke of Roxburghe now devotes himself to running the Roxburghe Estates; he opens his home to visitors and the proceeds go to maintaining the house and its contents.  The photo shows the Edgecombe travelers walking up to the door of the Castle; after the tour, everyone enjoyed a cup of tea and shortbread.

Later that evening, everyone enjoyed a nice dinner at the hotel in York, England.

Smiling travelers enjoying soup at the hotel dinner.

Fellowship at dinner was a great way to end the day.

Day Six - Edinburgh

The travelers visited 2 memorable sites in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 6th day of the trip: Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.  Edinburgh Castle has several important structures from its medieval past: St. Margaret's Chapel, dating from the 12th century; David's Tower, built in 14th century as the royal residence of David II; and the Royal Palace and Great Hall, built in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Honours of Scotland--the Crown, Sceptre, and Sword of State--are on display in the Castle. The Honours are the oldest Crown Jewels in the British Isles and were first used together in the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots in 1543.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland. It has been the royal residence for over 500 years. The Queen is in residence every summer. At other times the State Apartments are often used by members of the Royal family for special events.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Friday Recap

The following is a guest post from Carole Mehle.  Ms. Mehle is an English and Humanities instructor at ECC and chairs the Diversity and Global Connections Committee at the college.

As I write this, it is Friday night. We have returned to England after a brief stop in Wales and a whirlwind tour of Scotland. We have seen castles, palaces, many sheep, and miles of the breathtaking rolling hills of England.

Many of our group toured the Royal Brittania, the ship that served as Queen Elizabeth II's family home for many years. We got an inside glimpse into the personality of the Queen since she designed the spaces in the ship.

Our first stop today was Floors Castle in Kelso, Scotland. The Duke of Roxburgh opens his home for visitors, and the family pictures are prominently displayed alongside Matisse paintings, priceless tapestries, and Rococo furnishings.

From there, we headed back into England and stopped in York. Many of us chose to attend an Evensong service at the gorgeous York Minster. We were touched immensely when the vicar asked for prayers for the people of Boston and West, Texas. The church was incredibly beautiful and we wished we had more time to spend there.

We have seen so many breathtaking sights on this trip It has been an unforgettable experience, but it will be good to be home!

~ Carole Mehle