September 10th - 13th, 2010, visiting friends in England ...

By deciding quickly we could get two 99 Euro flights from Frankfurt to Birmingham to visit our friends in England!

Although Cynthia just recovered from a severe cold, we started our weekend and after arriving Friday morning we took our hire car at Birmingham Airport and drove to Malvern to Gaynor and Steve ...

Gaynor & Steve

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). First stop was the car manufacturer Morgan Motors around the corner ... we had to hurry as the last tour on a Friday is at 12:00 hrs ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). It was absolutely amazing, that all production is basically as it was 50 years ago ... still a combination of wood and metal ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... the most modern tool - so it seems - was a drilling machine ... here checking the surface ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here Steve, Cynthia, Gaynor and Thomas in the factory ... btw it was great, that they allowed photos everywhere ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here a tool from the fifties ... 3 plies of wood are glued together and put in there for two hours ... ready is the wooden mudguard ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Further ahead in production ... attaching leather to the doors ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and here Steve and Gaynor with their next car ... definitely Steve's favourite colour ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We went back to their house ... fantastically restored (and extended) ... with a huge garden and - of course the kennels ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Gaynor prepared a wonderful dinner for us at home ... it was great to enjoy their company and hospitality ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Saturday, Steve took us on a tour around where they live ... first stop was Ledbury ... here the main street ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Saturday, Steve took us on a tour around where they live ... first stop was Ledbury ... here the main street ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). we stopped for a little lunch in a local pub ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). In the afternoon, dog feeding was on the agenda ... and you cannot imagine the speed with which the bowls were emptied ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Cynthia fell in love with a Lab puppy called "Molly", just four months old ... a real cutie ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Steve also took us on one of the walks with the dogs ... and taught us a lot about training dogs and their psychology ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here one of them at full speed ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Last evening we were invited to dinner in a pub close by; absolutely typical for England!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So we have to thank Gaynor and Steve for their hospitality and we hope, they make it to Germany soon! ... Sunday morning we started driving to Beverly (North of London) and we saw the beautiful countryside of Cotswold region ...

Beverly

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... to arrive at their home in Letchworth and to see Beverly with Katherine and Susie again ... After a light lunch, we made our way to Cambridge ... here a funny sign in the pedestrian zone ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The food in England has drastically improved the last year ... due to German Bratwurst Import ;-)))
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here a good photo of the main entrance to King's College ... with a funny clowd above and interesting light ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here the street opposite (King's parade) ... really fantastic ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). While moving on, we witnessed classic street scenes ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... nearly got lost in the maze of Cambridge ... here the two of us ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Inside St. John's College yard ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... classical warning signs you can see all over England ... ;-)))
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and here the river with the boats ... it's called "punting" here ... and because our feet were tired ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we jumped on a boat and had a 40 minute ride over the river ... and we could see the city from a different perspective ... ... here our - very nice - guide ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we could see the "bridge of sighs" ... inspired from Venice ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and of course ... they still exist!

Last day ...

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we first drove to Stratford-upon-Avon ... here Shakespeare's birthplace ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and Cynthia in front of another old building ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... when we went for lunch, we saw this sign in front of the pub: the Aussies pushing their wines into the market ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... this was the pub actually ... another possible picture for Cynthia to paint ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... on we went to Warwick Castle, which is enormous ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here after climbing some stairs up ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). and a final picture of Warwick through the loophole ...

Monday afternoon we drove back to Birmingham Airport, took our flight back to Frankfurt and arrived safely at home at around 22:30 hrs ... it was good to see our friends again!!!