Western Europe Wine Quest

Images and the story of our 2022 Western Europe Wine Quest are here

(I will post all ten days as I work the images):

06_04_22 cruise DSC08517_DetailJune 4, Day One: France: La Havre, Honfleur

06_05_22 cruise DSC08580_DetailJune 5, Day Two: France: Saint-Malo

06_06_22 cruise DXO_0859 -1June 6, Day Three: The Big Dinner

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06_08_22 cruise DSC08771 -1June 8, Day Five: Morning walk to a church

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06_09_22 cruise DSC08881_LocaltoneJune 9, Day Six: Place Des Quinconces

06_09_22 cruise DSC08921 -1June 9, Day Six: Out of Business, Bordeaux

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Hatteras Ferries and Lighthouses

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

 

Ferries

Getting from Ocracoke to Hatteras and the Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina is by a free ferry that takes about 1 1/2 hours.  

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The Hatteras Ferry is the little red line in the middle

 

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The Ocracoke terminal is located at the very northern tip of the island in a desolate, windy area.

 

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The road to the ferry... no wait, don't go here. Storms wiped out the staging area and the road just ends.

 

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Instead turn left before the road ends and you'll see a ferry coming in.

 

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Getting closer.

 

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The ferry service actually consists of a number of different boats working the route at the same time, approximately 1/2 hour apart.

 

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Different sizes and shapes

 

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One last image of a ferry. Cars, campers and retail vehicles, including semis, use the ferry.
 
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Looking forward and back, with a semi-self portrait.

 

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Moving away from Hatteras on a return trip

 

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Water and clouds from the ferry. A storm a bit away from us.

 

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Sun reflected on the water

 

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Hatteras from a distance

 

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Wind surfing. A popular pastime.

 

Lighthouses

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The famous Hatteras Light. The light is still active. 198.5 feet tall and can be seen 51 miles out to sea in ideal conditions. 

 

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Entrance. In 1999, the Cape Hatteras Light Station, which consists of seven historic structures, was successfully relocated 2,900 feet from the spot on which it had stood since 1870. Erosion was endangering the lighthouse. The lighthouse was not disassembled; it was moved as one piece.

 

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The stones in the foreground were part of the original foundation and now have the names of all the lighthouse keepers carved in them.

 

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Bodie Lighthouse. The "other" Hatteras Seashore lighthouse. Still operational. Jodi and Mike added to give a sense of scale. 

 

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Very popular area to stop. Yes, that's Mike taking a picture.

 

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Bodie Lighthouse

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September 9-11, 2022

 


The Wright Brothers Memorial

Walking the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills, NC

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The first three powered flights were launched on the flat, not from the hill.

 

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Walking to the Memorial
 
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Side view from below
 
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Jodi celebrates the two brothers

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Museum in the round

 

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First flights and museum
 
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Looking off to the ocean

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September 9, 2022


Ocracoke Island and a favorite place

Ocracoke Island

Howard's Pub in the light of a full moon.

at the very edge of the Village. Last visit was 30+ years ago when it was my favorite off-season stop (one of the few places open off-season). 

It has expanded and some of the rough edges have been smoothed, but it still maintains the Ocracoke atmosphere.

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September 9, 2022


France: Day 6, June 9: Out of Business in Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

Out-of-business in anticipation of building renovation

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No eating here

 

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No more chainsaws here

 

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Notice of closing with reflected clouds

 

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Green door

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June 9, 2022

 


Return to Ocracoke: from the ferry

It has been a lot of years since we have been to Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Back for a family trip...

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Ocracoke and the moon

 

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Clouds from the ferry



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Ruth looking at the Island

 

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Cars (we are on the left side, two cars from the front)


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Rusty lock, crooked pipe



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Wake

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September 4, 2022


France: Day 5, June 8: Finally wineries

Finally Wineries!

Fitting for a Wine Quest...

Two Bordeaux- region wineries

 

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New way and old way!

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Random couple not in our group. I liked the framing.

Winery #2
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Wilson makes an appearance with Kelly and our guides


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Happy to be here!


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June 8, 2022

 


Water, clouds, and light

Interpretations onboard ship during our recent June trip:

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Moving at sunset

 

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Hazy sunset with a small sailboat

 

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Front moving in

 

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Shoreline village at sunset

 

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Classic sunset at sea

 

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Moon over the ocean

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June 9-11, 2022


France: Day 5, June 8

Bordeaux, France

Morning walk to a church

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Sirena with Bordeaux in the background

 

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Narrow streets!


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Flower Shop at the end of a street

 

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Saint- Louis des Chartrons Roman Catholic Church (built in 1895)

 

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Guide explaining how part of the sides of the church had been restored.


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June 8, 2022


France: Day 4, June 07

La Rochelle, France

No planned shore excursion. We took a shuttle downtown and wandered around this beautiful seaport city located on the Bay of Biscay in western France.

 

Looking out to sea from the harbor

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Kids learning to sail tied together and pulled by a "mother boat."

The entrance to the city, surrounding the narrow harbor entrance, was built up with old battlements.  
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Views of the city and harbor
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Locks that open to let small boats out

Wandering around
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Bureau du Port

 

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Wilson supervising kids in boats

 

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Nice paint!


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Lunch at a great Italian restaurant... in France.

 

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Closing shot. Nice door.

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June 7, 2022


France: Day 3, June 6

No shore excursion today, just a lazy day onboard with the Big Dinner with our tour group in the Tuscan Steakhouse. Since it was part of a wine quest, some very good wines and knowledge from Kelly

No formal images, it was all about focusing on wine, food and friends... excuse the grab shots!

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Prosciutto di San Daniele Riserva

 

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Caprese

 

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Introducing a wine to people who actually paid attention.

 

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Peek at Ruth's Risotto ali'Aragosta (lobstah!)

 

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Fagottini al Formaggio

 

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Wilson studying the menu up close.

 

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Osso Bucco (!!) w/ 2017 Saumur Champigny Roches Neuves

 

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More 'splaining.

 

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Terrible picture, GREAT dessert! "A Decadent Quintet"

 

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One of many toasts

 

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Forgot to save a copy of the menu so here is the best I got.

Later that evening...

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Entertainment and... more wine!


What a great evening with friends!

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June 6, 2022


France: Day Two, June 5

Saint-Malo, France

It dawned gray and cloudy at the walled port city in northwestern France on the British Channel.

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Seagull on guard


  Unfortunately, our scheduled shore excursion once again did not occur. Fortunately, Kelly stepped up and, on the fly, led a great day in Saint-Malo. An excellent starter of Crepes de Froment (sweet crepes) at a local restaurant was followed by a walking tour of the city. Lunch at the Cafe de L'Quest led to a guided tour of the walls and city. 

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City Map

 

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One of many entrances

 

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Another entrance

 

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View from atop the wall

 

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Wilson posing for his fandom
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Narrow crowded streets within the walls


  Some apartment and wall images

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"Wall art"

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High tide in the morning

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See the object in the lower part of the image? We spent a while trying to figure out why there is a staircase out in the water. See the answer later.

LUNCH!!!

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Saint-Malo is known for its seafood!

 

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Flambé!

 

More wandering:

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Robert Surcouf (12 December 1773 – 8 July 1827) was a French privateer and slave trader who operated in the Indian Ocean between 1789 and 1801, and again from 1807 to 1808, capturing over 40 prizes. He later amassed a large fortune as a ship-owner, from privateering, commercial activities,the illegal slave trade,and as a landowner. Buried in Saint-Malo. He is pointing towards England, his favorite hunting grounds.

 

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Stained glass

 

Low tide in the afternoon

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Look at the lower right, the staircase at hightide reveals itself and a diving platform for a saltwater pool at low tide.

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June 5, 2022


France: Day One, June 4

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Western Europe Wine Quest
Day One, La Havre and Honfleur, France

On the first day of our ten-day wine cruise, the scheduled shore excursion never got started because the bus never arrived. We had been told that lasting effects of the Pandemic could wreak havoc on scheduled events. 

Kelly, our intrepid leader (the one with no red hat), took over, organizing an off-the-cuff wandering. First, a ship-sponsored shuttle bus into La Havre, followed by a tram to the downtown bus station. We got bus tickets to the small city of Honfleur. It was about an hour or so before the bus left, so some of us took a cab to the scenic Hanging Gardens in La Havre, a mid-19th-century fortress with manicured gardens.

La Havre

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City of La Havre from atop the Hanging Gardens

 

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War Memorial downtown. La Havre was decimated during WWII, suffering terrible civilian casualties.
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Big Birds guarding City Hall (Hotel de Ville translates to City Hall)

 

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Big Bird up close

 

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Red Plant at the Gardens
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Another view of La Havre

 

Honfleur

A crowded intra- city bus took us to the picturesque city of Honfleur. Known for its Vieux-Bassin (old harbor), lined with 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, the city was hosting a giant farmers market with booths lining the major streets. An outdoor lunch at an excellent small local restaurant, where no one spoke English, and wandering the streets filled the day. 

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Vieux-Bassin

The Market

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Lunch!

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Wandering

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Cook's window

 

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Artist's window


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Old Harbor patrolled by a Duck

 A return bus, tram ride and a 45 minute walk through beautiful La Havre got us back to the ship. Wonderful day. 

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June 4, 2022 


London wandering, part two


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Wandering around London on the 2nd level of a Big Red Bus. We spent our last day in London playing tourist on the top deck of one of London's omnipresent double-decker tour busses. 

 

Trafalgar Square 

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Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronte, KB

 

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I'm not sure I completely get British humor. At a corner of Trafalgar Square

 

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At another corner of Trafalgar Square... shouldn't it be named the Vice- Admiralty?

 

A lasting memory of London- very crowded and lots of slow moving traffic
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Big Ben is the name of the bell, not the tower

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The Tower is the Elizabeth Tower


From London Bridges
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Lots of strange creatures on big pedestals
 
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Two guys hangin' out... holding Earths?

 

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A homage, not to the Colonel, to "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (it is on Fleet Street)


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The Hung Drawn and Quartered. Pleasant name for a big pub.
 

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A small construction. 'Drove by it at one of the times the bus actually moved quickly, so I really don't know what it is for.
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End with another pass by Big Ben

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June 14, 2022


London wandering, part one

We were in London for a few days earlier this month before and after a cruise. Ruth's first time and my last visit was in the 70's.  A lot of the time was walking around the Paddington and Kensington areas, including the two big parks, Hyde and Kensington.

The week of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee...
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where Ruth had an audience with someone special. 
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Adjacent to our hotel, Paddington Station is a huge train station, more crowded than most US airports.  
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Paddington is associated with a rather famous bear, who Ruth got to sit next to. 
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Two bucket list items...

British ale/ beer (the one on the left is mine)
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Wilson... and Ruth in a traditional Brisitsh phone booth (they are only there to impress tourists like us... everyone uses cell phones)
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Walking the streets of London...

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Wall art


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Amidst all the beautiful old buildings, this was a bit of a shock.  
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Loved the view inside this old church
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Lots of Beatles things in London
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How does he get in there?
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Sign outside a Barber Shoppe
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Kensington Gardens- a Royal park


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Local Inhabitant. He didn't quack so I don't know if he had a British accent. 

 

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Visiting inhabitant

 

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One of the anomalies of London parks, amidst beautifully kept grounds are little patches left to grow wild.

Bees
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Hyde Park

The largest of four Royal parks in the center of London

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One of the huge number of inhabitants of the same breed.


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Kensington Castle framed by art

 

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Kensington Castle

 

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Wild Parakeets??

 

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Even the broken fences are protected

A beautiful gardens in Hyde Park
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One of many statues: Arthur, Duke of Wellington

 

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Another area left alone to grow slightly wild


The closing image is not really London. It is a view of the traditional English countryside on the road from London to Southampton. 

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June 2, 3, 13, 14, 2022