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Caerphilly Castle

If there’s one thing my sisters and I have inherited from our parents, it’s a love of old castles. And it just so happens that Sandrine lives fairly close to one, so of course we had to visit it. It’s mostly in ruins, though parts of it have been restored; it’s still used for various events and has even featured in episodes of Doctor Who (I definitely geeked out about that last bit). Normally there are dragon statues out front, but they had been temporarily removed when we were there. There were still plenty to see though:

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These are the last pictures I took on the trip; the rest of it was mainly spent hanging out together (and Sandrine and I went on a trail ride).

I don’t have anything new just yet, but show season has started again, and I have some ideas for photoshoots, so I will have some new pics very soon.

In the meantime, happy Sunday! 🙂

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Day 4 – Windsor Castle

Our last day in the London area was spent visiting Windsor. We took a morning train out and arrived just in time for the changing of the guard:

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After lunch (where I got to try real pub food for the first time), we got into the VERY long line to buy tickets. It took us about 2 hours (possibly more, I don’t remember exactly) to get in. While we were inching along, I took pictures of various things:

DSC_0018csThis should give you some idea of the crowd that day.

DSC_0043csGargoyles!

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DSC_0048csThese guys were just being goofy.

Once we finally got our tickets and audio guides, we wandered around the courtyards for a bit before visiting the Royal Apartments (again, no indoor photography allowed, so I only have pics of the outside).

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Took these on the way back out:

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Mandatory Royal Guardsman photo:

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And to wrap things up, the wackiest tour bus I have ever seen:

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London, Day 2

Our second day in London was probably the busiest and involved the most sight-seeing.

We started off with the London Eye:

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Then we headed over to Westminster Abbey:

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(They don’t allow photography inside, so this is all I’ve got, but the inside is GORGEOUS.)

Next was a riverboat cruise down the Thames:

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Our final stop was Greenwich, where we wandered around the O2 Arena shopping center for a bit before having dinner and heading back to the hostel. Our feet were sore but it was worth it.

Last month, I finally checked off a major item on my bucket list: visiting London. Audrey and I had been talking about going together and playing tourist for years, and this year we finally did it. We spent 4 days in London, then drove over to Wales to spend about a week with Sandrine.

We did a ton of sightseeing in London and I took a LOT of pictures, so this will be split up into several posts.

Day 1 began with a VERY early flight, followed by a train ride into London proper. After getting our London Explorer passes (if you’re staying a few days and plan to visit lots of stuff, it’s much cheaper than individual tickets) and checking into our youth hostel, we headed over to Madame Tussaud’s.

I have two things to say about that museum. One, it definitely lives up to the hype. Two, don’t go during peak tourist season if you can avoid it (this applies to London in general, actually). Getting pictures without a bunch of random people in them was a bit of a challenge. That said, I managed to get quite a few good ones.

Film stars galore:

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Famous athletes:

DSC_0678csAudrey insisted on a picture with her favorite tennis player.

Historical figures:

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They even had a few Marvel characters:

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And Star Wars:

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Purr-fectly Framed

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Sleepy Kitty

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Barn Baby Number 2!

Two weeks after Isis made her grand entrance, it was this little guy’s turn. Meet Indiana!

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Naturally, he’s already charmed the socks off of everyone (myself included – LOOK AT THAT FACE).

Also, Etoile (Isis’ mama) says hi!

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