Sunday, June 26, 2016

Dream Vacation ~The Full Story ~~Day Six: A Trip Within Our Trip

 
Our dream vacation was planned 
to include a weekend getaway.

So, on Friday, we were up and at 'em early.
It's a two hour drive from home to Heathrow. 
Our flight was at 6 a.m.

With a three hour lay-over in Vienna,
Amy and I shopped the local wares while 
Nick finished some work assignments. 

For lunch, we enjoyed the local brew...

...and I ordered the Soup of the Day, which was Gulasch.

This is the menu listing.
Now, at home I consider Goulash the ultimate comfort food.
I knew this would not be quite the same, 
but was confident that I would like it!

And here, I was not disappointed.
The Gulasch soup was delicious!

Then, we were back in the air to our weekend destination.

Nick picked up the rental car, 
while Amy and I waited for our checked luggage.

We checked into our rooms and took a few minutes to get settled.
Out on my patio,
This was my view to my left...

...and this was my view to the right.

I really.. was.. living in a dream!

It was a privilege to travel with these two love birds.

Cheers!

Take care,
~Natalie

Stop back often, as I have so many fabulous photos to share!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dream Vacation ~The Full Story ~~Day 5: Continued...How We Spent our Afternoon

High Tea
You cannot visit the UK without participating in this tradition.

It is called High Tea, as it is a light meal served at a table.
Afternoon Tea is served on comfortable chairs and sofas.

After visiting Nick at work, we were on the road.
Amy driving her mini cooper 
and me with my selfie stick!

Our first stop was in Newmarket.
They have a darling little tea room there...

...plus this is where Amy and Nick attend the horse races.
The Newmarket Tea Room was booked...

...so we moved on to Ely.

There, the Peacocks Tearoom was just so charming.


We each had our own tea service.


The food is served in tiers.

The top tier features Sandwiches...
Egg Salad,
Cucumber,
 and Salmon.
Yum

On the second tier, Scones with Clotted Cream.
Not sure how to explain clotted cream...
but, imagine a combination of butter, cream cheese, and whipped cream.

On the third tier, we could choose our type of cake.
We each ordered something different so that we could share.

Mine was the delicous carrot cake.

Amy ordered the chocolate cake.
That little pitcher contains a rich cream sauce.

After we left the Tearoom, 
we enjoyed the view on the water front.

High Tea was one of my favorite experiences on my trip!
Thank you, Amy.

Take care,
~Natalie

p.s. when we got home,
Nick had finished his homework.
He fired up the grill and prepared a delicious meal
of Salmon and Asparagus.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dream Vacation ~The Full Story ~~Day 5: How We Spent Our Morning

 
It was a very special morning, indeed.

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Our original itinerary had us traveling to Cambridge 
for punting, shopping and tea.

But, you remember the type of weather we were experiencing?
This was the view from my guest room window.
Punting would only be fun if it was warm and sunny.

We used this opportunity to visit Amy's hubby at work.
He goes in very early (5:15 am),
 so by mid-morning he was ready for a break.

Each pilot has his/her own locker.

We received clearance to go out to see one of the planes.

While Nick sat in the pilot's seat,
I climbed up to see where he really works.

I got the complete tour...



I am so very, very proud of this young man.
This was just the best way to spend our rainy morning.

Take care,
~Natalie

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dream Vacation ~The Full Story ~~Day Four: Mother/Daughter Lunch and Shopping

Henry's was perfect for lunch.
We shared an appetizer, Toasted Baguette with hummus,
a sandwich, Mozzarella, Cucumber, and Tomato,
and an avacado salad.

Did I mention that it was a chilly, rainy day?


People were wearing winter coats, scarves, sweaters and boots.
It was a good idea to take our London experience inside.

Let's go shopping!
(My tour guide checked the underground map)


After a short ride, we were back up on the street.


Piccadilly Circus is a busy intersection in the heart of London.



There is our shopping destination...
you can see the Harrods famous green awnings above the windows.

While it was chilly outside, 
the window displays are warm and inviting.

We loved the Harrods Designer Studio.
Such beautiful fashions, such beautiful displays.

Even the escaltors are surrounded by elaborate decor.

I purchased a few souvenirs in the Harrods Gift Shop.

This was a perfect way to end our perfect day in London.
Thank you, Amy.

Take care,
~Natalie