We never planned to do London in two stages, but a meeting with a client in June changed that. Our last few nights in London were amazing. We saw a Kenneth Branaugh production of Romeo and Juliet with Richard Maddon (Game of Thrones’ Rob Stark) and Lily James (Disney’s Cinderella). We also saw an amazing production of Macbeth, with Tara Fitzgerland (Game of Thrones’ Selyse Baratheon), as well as a chilling version of 1984. The highlight, however, was an incredible production of Richard the Third with Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave. Fiennes gave perhaps the best performance of Shakespeare that I have ever seen in person. Of course, a trip to London wouldn’t be finished without seeing Phantom of the Opera.
The last time I was at Windsor Castle, the Queen was in residence and, therefore, the state rooms were not available to tour. Unfortunately, photos inside were not allowed, although I snapped a few. 🙂
I have always wanted to see Kew Gardens, but my schedule in past trips never permitted it. The weather, although hot, was clear and beautiful. The indoor Victorian tropical garden was so hot and humid that I literally couldn’t breathe!
I never miss a chance to visit Hampton Court. This time, we were treated to a jousting match, as well as a chorale concert in Henry VIII’s private chapel. Afterwards we stayed nearby in Richmond. A nice walk along the Thames at sunset was a treat.
In Cambridge we saw an amazing production of Twelfth Night, performed in the courtyard of one of the colleges as part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Our lodging that evening was an charming 600-year old farm house on the outskirts of town. King’s College was founded by King Henry VIII, and his statute looks down upon passersby.
The Salisbury Plain is home to three major attractions: Avebury Henge, Stone Henge, and the town of Salisbury. In some ways, Avebury Henge is actually more interesting that Stonehenge, because you can touch the stones.
Fans of Wordsworth will no doubt be familiar with Tintern Abbey, the inspiration for one of his most famous poems. To say that the ruined abbey is evocative is an understatement.