Missed the previous recaps? Check ’em out:
Part 1: Dublin – Guinness, Guinness & more Guinness.
Part 2: Paris – Seine River Cruise, Adventures in French Cuisine, Creme Brulee
Part 3: Bon Anniversary – My birthday in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysses, the Louvre & Tiffany Pearl Earrings
Part 4: Bon Voyage Paris & English Afternoon Tea – McDonald’s & Wine in front of the Eiffel Tower & Afternoon Tea in London
Part 5: Wicked in Westminster – Wicked on London’s West End, Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey
On our last full day in London, we scheduled a morning jaunt out to Stonehenge. We boarded a bus & rode for nearly two hours out into the English countryside to be greeted by one of the most amazing & mystical landmarks:
If you haven’t been before, Stonehenge really is out in the middle of nowhere:
Nothing but farmland surrounds the landmark & it’s actually quite serene. We spent awhile walking the circumference & discussing the various theories associated with its meanings. I believe it’s some sort of religious monument built to worship a deity. But that’s my belief.
We were lucky enough to stumble upon a great little pub near our hotel called Morpeth Arms. It’s a Young’s Brewery Pub established in 1845. They serve a variety of Young’s beers on tap & typical pub food.
I opted for Steak & Ale Pie with steamed greens & mash:
Steak & Puff Pastry? Delicious. You can pretty much put anything in puff pastry & it tastes amazing.
I never really got into detail about our hotel in London. In short, it was wonderful. After our small (read: tiny) , boutique (read: old with uncomfortable beds) hotel in Paris, this place was a God sent. We stayed at Mint Hotel Westminster & it was lovely. the staff was courteous & outgoing & the accommodations were superb. I remember how thrilled I was when we checked in, settled in our room & I took a nice, long, hot & steamy shower in the sparkling clean bathroom. That shower was heavenly & probably the best shower of my life (not even exaggerating).
& sadly, that concludes the gist of our trip to Europe. If you have any specific questions, feel free to leave a comment & I’d love to discuss further.