At last we were off. Determined to make it a trip to remember we splurged. Good hotels, Business class and anything else we could afford. Qantas looked after us well.
The A380 has so much room to spread out. Yes you get a full bed size to sleep. Perfect.
We stayed in a lovely area of London called Kensington. At the 54 Boutique hotel.
Nearly all the street had rows of beautiful terraces. We were opposite the museums.
And just around the corner was Harrods. Now THAT is my kind of shop!
Harrods seafood bar is amazing.
Taki is quite fond of cheese so his mouth was watering here.
We went to Queen Victoria's 'Orangery'. Supposedly where the Queen grew her citrus trees. High tea for us...delicious.
Then it was off to the Chelsea Flower Show. Being a keen gardener, I desperately wanted to see the show so we had to book almost a year in advance.
This was just a part of the amazing Australian exhibition of the red poppies. Laid as a carpet in front of the Royal Chelsea Hospital.
A HUGE display of gardens, architecture, flowers and anything that bloomed and grew. Gorgeous.
But it was time to get our car and begin our drive around England. We stopped briefly at Brighton before heading off to Peterborough.
Then we went to the beautiful city of Bath and our hotel 'The Boathouse'. Named because of its location.
Right on the river with small boats and rowers going up and down constantly. Our balcony looked out on this river.
Bath was named after the abundance of fresh water mineral springs, that were popularised in Roman Times. Old Bath was truly beautiful.
Our friend Alex recommended the Yorkshire Dales as a 'must see'. He was right. It was beautiful and like nothing else we'd seen on our journey.
Our room at Cornlee B&B was about the smallest room we'd ever seen but it made for interesting seating.
Close to waterfalls and beautiful scenery, it really was fantastic
Walking around I found some beautiful gardens. One garden featured my favourite flower, the peony rose.
The Yorkshire Dales features some of the most beautiful scenery. Famous for it's incredible rock walls, hundreds of years old.
Gorgeous sheep with black faces were everywhere. I 'think' they're called Swaledale sheep.
But enough gallivanting around England. We had another week in London, in Soho this time. Different from Kensington but a great location. We saw this play and loved every second of it.
We also saw Kinky Boots, Phantom and Aladdin. All great. We walked to everything .
If you ever watched the TV show you'll be familar with Liberty of London. Wow.
What a shop that was! Gorgeous things that you didn't even bother looking at the prices.
Of course Buckingham Palace was a must.
Something big was happening but I couldn't find out what. Thousands of people.
The London Eye sure does give you great views. We were very lucky with the weather. Excellent.
We went to the Royal Albert Hall and across the road is Queen Victoria's memorial to hubby Albert. I just happened to catch a plane as it flew past. We should have caught it because it was time for us to go to gay PAREE!!!