Thank you to everyone who sent out prayers last night, as we waited on the blood test results for my 15-year-old pup, Hopsie. It was looking gloomy, with the odds against her. But this morning we were thrilled when the vet called, telling us her situation is treatable. Hopefully by Thursday she will start feeling some relief. I’d love to see her live a very long life; healthy, happy and comfortable.
Two very famous sites I visited while in London included Diagon Alley and the Ten Bells pub, both located in the East End of London, England.
Harry Potter fanatics will recognize Diagon Alley as the famous cobbled wizarding alley and shopping area featured in the novels. One must enter Diagon Alley through The Leaky Cauldron to a rear courtyard and tap a brick in the wall. Given the busy nature of the area, travelling to and from Diagon Alley is likely typically done by more magical means.
Among the many adventures I took while in the United Kingdom, Windsor Castle was one of the most memorable. It’s grand structure, beautiful landscape and breathtaking surroundings are a photographer’s utopia.
Windsor Castle is a medieval castle and royal residence in Windsor, located in the English county of Berkshire. The castle survived a tumultuous period during the English Civil War, where it was used as military headquarters for Parliamentary forces.
Just over 20 miles west of Charing Cross, Windsor contains some of the most expensive and desirable housing in the UK. It was in this town that I purchased my first souvenir of the trip, a silver “Team GB” Olympic bracelet.
During the first two weeks of April, I ventured out almost halfway across the world to the United Kingdom. I spent one week near London and another four days in Northern Ireland. In true tourist fashion, I lugged along my Nikon and tripod. I visited famous locations including Abbey Road, noteworthy for being the cover of the Beatles’ 11th studio album, “Abbey Road.”
Graffiti covers a wall outside Abbey Road Studios, which is washed and painted every three months. Regardless, I signed it. And for 90 days the names of the most important people in my life – my parents – will remain in one of the most influential locations of all time.