Since Susan and I didn’t really go anywhere for Christmas, New Year’s, our anniversary or our birthdays, we’d been saving up for a trip to London and France. We just came back last week. Pictures are more detailed account are forthcoming, but here’s a synopsis.
We spent the first night recovering from jet lag and getting a feel for London, then flew out of Gatwick to Toulouse to visit Susan’s old roommate. Her old roommate is there with her husband and kids, serving with Agape France. It was neat to see how their ministry is progressing and their kids were growing up, as well as see different parts of Toulouse. I ran along the canal near downtown and ran down to the river. Quite a lot of trees and other greenery, but it seemed more ‘natural’ looking than London – the parks often had manicured lawns and trees. We were also able to visit Carcassone, an old castle.
After our time in Toulouse, we spent four days in London. Even though Susan had a flu and sinus infection during that time, we still got to experience Westminster Abbey and see Big Ben together. I also saw the Imperial War Museum in London and rode the train out to Wendover for a hike out in the woods. I originally wanted to go to Wendover Woods, as that’s what the guide book suggested, but upon getting to the train station, I saw a map of the surrounding area, and found what was marked as a nature preserve more interesting. As I’ve always been interested in the places off the beaten path that aren’t tourist traps, I decided to check that out instead. I found a monument to soldiers who died in the Boer War on Coombe Hill. I could see the Cotswolds Hills on the horizon as part of the beautiful landscape.
I’d say that last trip to Wendover was most interesting. It was well worth changing trains six times (twice on the tube and four on the train) on the way there, although it would have been easier had I known there were replacement buses due to engineering work on the rail tracks.