Category Archives: United Kingdom

Returns in original packaging only

Our London Tour on Wednesday (highly recommend: Glen at took us through the East End of London and past the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The door was open, and we could see the bells in progress on the foundry floor… pretty cool, since this place is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest manufacturing company in Great Britain. The Foundry has produced many famous bells including Big Ben. (Elizabeth Tower is often mistakenly called Big Ben, but Big Ben is actually the bell inside the tower.) Another notable? The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The bell cracked when first […]

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Ah, my best hat

We visited the Tower of London Thursday. While originally a grand palace and royal residence, it is most famous for the important people who have been imprisoned and even executed there (though most executions took place elsewhere). Among them: Anne Boleyn and Catharine Howard (wives of Henry VIII) – who were 2 of the 7 executed on the grounds, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth I – “the Virgin Queen”) who was imprisoned but not executed – obviously, and Sir Walter Raleigh (known for bringing tobacco to England from America), who was there for 13 years. The inside of the Beauchamp […]

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We took a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament to which we do not vote ‘Not Content’. That is to say, it was most excellent! House of Commons votes ‘Aye’ or ‘No’, House of Lords votes ‘Content’ or ‘Not Content’… POSH! The Queen opens Parliament each year after a grand procession from Buckingham Palace. According to our guide, one of Tony Blair’s early blunders as PM was to schedule the State Opening to coincide with the opening day of Royal Ascot. The Queen, it turns out, likes her horse racing and doesn’t like to miss. Rather than the normal […]

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We’re on Oxford Time

Monday, we took the train out to Oxford and met Jake for lunch. The train ride from Paddington to Oxford was about an hour. We had a fantastic tour led by David of Oxford City Walk (highly recommend! who kept us entertained with poetry, song and funny diddies while we traipsed around the streets of the second-oldest university in the world (the oldest is the University of Bologna in case you’re curious).  There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and college buildings date back to the early 1200’s. Along with […]

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London Bridges, 5 Days Down

We’re wrapping up our 5-day stay in London, and it’s been terrific, all we were hoping for. We finally got to see Mark in something other than his purple shirt after his luggage arrived late Tuesday night. All’s well that ends well; we were most delighted to have our much-researched hiking gear for Switzerland and Kilimanjaro back in our possession. Our Thames River cruise on the way to Greenwich (see July 29 post) gave us a nice overview of what we would explore this week. We could really see the tidal effect on the river at different times of day; […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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