Day 7 - Fri 2nd Sept 2016 - Windsor to York

We checked out of the Beaumont Hotel and fitted Phillip and Pauline's and their luggage into our rental  diesel Peugeot 2008 SUV. The drive up to York was a direct 350km in  3.5hrs with the English miles passing quickly on the M1.

Once in Yorkshire, we left the car at Phillip & Pauline's hotel and had a pleasant walk through the old part of town to Yorkminister Cathedral. The big beamed, slightly tilting old shops and houses are known as "The Shambles" and dates back to William the Conquerer.

We met at Yorkminster Cathedral  at 12:30 and the tour split into three groups as we had more local Scroopes join. We found a number of Scroope Coat of Arms in the stained glass, and the tomb of Archbishop Scroope who was beheaded in 1405 for treason against King Charlies IV.  In retrospect , leading an army of 8000 soldiers against the king's army, probably would some consequences in any era.

The librarian had prepared for the Scroope's visit , and had some precious old books, coats of arms and a silver bowl we could not touch. We were surprised we could touch the book which was hundreds of years old, due to it paper being of high quality. We were very impressed by these artificats and saw them as one of the highlights of the Yorkshire visit.

The tomb of Archbishop Scrope was located at the Alter, but was hidden due to current restoration work. We took some photos of the casket around the plywood false wall. We had seen it in 1983, when a priest with a large set of key let us in and escorted us to the alter, after we explained Karen's connection and our long trip from the colony (flying over 4 oceans, 10,000km train travel, and a very long English Channel ferry) . 

We walked around the old wall and through the Micklegate Bar gateways to find the park on Nunnery Lane to where Archbishop Scrope was beheaded.

We skipped the social catchup after the Cathedral. Instead we drove up to our booked accommodation at Kirby Fleetham, which took us longer the expected. We missed the turn off the M1, as the GPS did not know about the roadworks. This would also cause us to get lost again on Saturday night.

By 19:30 we had booked into the Black Horse Inn in the tiny village of Kirby Fleetham, and were seated for dinner. It was a charming old Pub/Inn and we enjoyed our stay there a lot.

 Entering old Yorkshire- (Phillip and Pauline on footpath)

Entering old Yorkshire- (Phillip and Pauline on footpath)

 Yorkshire - three Scroopes with a commoners. 

Yorkshire - three Scroopes with a commoners. 

 Yorkminister Cathedral- starting our guided tour of the church Archishop Scrope served up to 1405.

Yorkminister Cathedral- starting our guided tour of the church Archishop Scrope served up to 1405.

 Tomb of Archbishop Scrope - Yorkmister Cathedral

Tomb of Archbishop Scrope - Yorkmister Cathedral

 Scrope Coat of Arms are everywhere in Yorkminister. Archbishop Scrope's tomb became a shine after his beheading on the orders of Charles IV. 

Scrope Coat of Arms are everywhere in Yorkminister. Archbishop Scrope's tomb became a shine after his beheading on the orders of Charles IV. 

 Scroopes from many continents exploring Yorkminister

Scroopes from many continents exploring Yorkminister

 I'm sure this said good words about Archbishop Scrope.  (line 5)

I'm sure this said good words about Archbishop Scrope.  (line 5)

 Archbishop Scrope - a previous gigs included Chancellor of Cambridge University (1378). He had studied at Oxford then a doctorate of law at Cambridge.

Archbishop Scrope - a previous gigs included Chancellor of Cambridge University (1378). He had studied at Oxford then a doctorate of law at Cambridge.

 This Scrope of Coat of Arms had been found in a car park.

This Scrope of Coat of Arms had been found in a car park.

 Micklegate Bar Gates

Micklegate Bar Gates

 Paul and Karen in York

Paul and Karen in York

Day 6 - Thurs 1st Sept 2016 - Windsor, UK

The tour of Windsor Castle started early after a Scroope group photo in front of the St George's Chapel.

We found the Scroope Coat of Arms five times in St Georges Hall for each of the Lords being Knights of the Garter. Also in St Georges Chapel we found 3 of the plaques in the Knights stalls. After the death of a Knight, their belongings are packaged back to the family. As Lord Grosvenor had recently died in May 2016, we were lucky enough to see his banner up close. It was relevant as in 1389 Scrope vs Grosvenor went to court to settle who could use the contested coat of arms colours- Scrope won and kept the blue background shield with  gold diagonal stripe. Grosvenor changed to a yellow wheatsheaf on same blue shield. On our tour, we had Rossi Scrope from UK. She took time off from London job to do the tour for the first time. We also saw the 11:15 changing of the guard.

We then toured the state rooms, where the Queens stays and also found more Scroope coat of arms. After a long day at Windsor Castle, we drove to Maidenhead and walked along The Thames river and watched the boats passing through the lochs. We had a late lunch and a coffee overlooking the river.

The final tourist activity was to Runnymede to view the Magna Carta signing memorial. We learnt of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John at Runnymede in 1215 in Primary School, so it was amazing to be there.

Being hungry and tired, we walked to the diner at the local pub for dinner. After dinner, we talked to Phillip, Pauline, Irish Paul Scroope and Canadian Charlie Scroope. Charlie had great stories of his English School days at Beaumont College as a 14yr old. He is the now 85yrs old

 Scroopes at St Georges Chapel - Windsor Castle

Scroopes at St Georges Chapel - Windsor Castle

 Scroopes - Windsor Castle   

Scroopes - Windsor Castle   

 Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

 Georges Hall at Windsor Castle. We found plaques for 4 of the 5 Knights of the Garter. One is next to the Emperor Hirohito of Japan's flag

Georges Hall at Windsor Castle. We found plaques for 4 of the 5 Knights of the Garter. One is next to the Emperor Hirohito of Japan's flag

 Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

 Loch on The Thames at Maidenhead

Loch on The Thames at Maidenhead

 Karen relaxing at the Riviera Hotel at Maidenhead

Karen relaxing at the Riviera Hotel at Maidenhead

 Maidenhead - Riviera Hotel on River Thamed

Maidenhead - Riviera Hotel on River Thamed

 Magna Carter memorial at Runnymede

Magna Carter memorial at Runnymede

 Magna Carter -1215

Magna Carter -1215

Day 5 - Wed 31st Aug 2016 - London

We enjoyed a large breakfast and after some good advice, drove to Egham from Windsor, parked for £6 in a commuter parking and payed the £18 each return rail fare to Waterloo Station. The train took less then 1 hour and had free wifi. The private train make a profit. Yearly trains cost are very expensive - eg £4000/yr for 8km metro commute. It's not uncommon to pay £10,000/yr.

We walked from Waterloo Station on a beautiful London day to Buckingham Palace, where the crowds were gathering for the 11:30 changing of the guard. Our walk took us over The Thames via Southbank Centre over the Golden Jubilee Bridge. We walked thru Embankment area to Trafalgar Square to watch the crowds around Nelsons Column

Dinner was with the Scroopes at the Beaumont Hotel. It had been a Jesuit birding high school  from mid 1800s till about 1969. Interesting, Charlie Scroope from Canada has gone to school there after the war for 18mnth.

 We took the train from Windsor to London's Waterloo Station

We took the train from Windsor to London's Waterloo Station

 London Icons

London Icons

 A visit to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace

A visit to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace

 A day out at Buckingham Palace

A day out at Buckingham Palace

 Scroopes on Tour in Parliament House

Scroopes on Tour in Parliament House

 End of the tour of House of Lords. We fought five Knights of the Garter there.

End of the tour of House of Lords. We fought five Knights of the Garter there.

 Westminster Palace (Parliament) where we found lots of Scroope Coates of Arms

Westminster Palace (Parliament) where we found lots of Scroope Coates of Arms

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 After dinner we enacted the Scroope beheadings of 1399, 1405, 1415 & 1660

After dinner we enacted the Scroope beheadings of 1399, 1405, 1415 & 1660

 London to Windsor Train

London to Windsor Train

Day 4 - Tues 30th Aug 2016 - Dublin, Ireland - Windsor, UK

The flight from Washington to Dublin took 6:30 and we both got some sleep, and arrived early at 4:50. It was our first crossing of the Atlantic and we were surprised how far north we fly over land to finally to St Johns. The time difference was losing 4hrs. We had plenty of time to navigated Dublin airport to get our  BA at 7:30. The baggage was slow, and felt link there was one Irishman unloading and carrying one back at a time to the luggage pickup,

The flight to Heathrow was about 1:15 and we landed at a warm and clear Heathrow. There was no immigration as they were still part of the EU, until BREXIT is enacted.

Car pickup was easy and we chose a small SUV Peuguot 3008, and made our way to the majestic accommodation which most of the Scroopes had pre-booked. It was an old Jesuit boarding school by the name of Beumont College, and was now the Beumont Hotel. We stayed in the 60/70s built rooms which were architecturally deficient from the old Catholic Boarding School.

Being still early we went to Windsor to walk around as we would be going through the castle and chapel with "Scroopes on Tour".

We took a leisurely Boat ride up the river to the next loch and passed the Pummel bridge. It was a bluebird day and the river and country looked scenic.

Eaton college is located on the river, and used for rowing still today and swimming in the old days. After the boat ride we walked to the college and admired its historic architecture

We decide to walk up to the entrance of Windsor castle, as we would see it later in the week.

Karen had organised dinner at Guilford with her Allianz work collegue - Michael and Kerry Fullagar. They seem to enjoy living in Guilford and Michael is restoring a Triumph Boneville, as he is not working. It was a difficult drive down the motorway for 60km, as we only had Map.me. The round-a-bouts are difficult.  . . We got lost getting there as only using Maps.me to navigate.  (£50). Tomorrow we will use the Garmin once we have copied the maps over the USA ones.

Tomorrow it's off to London.

 One of the last remaining Concordes

One of the last remaining Concordes

 Beaumont College - now a hotel

Beaumont College - now a hotel

 We took a boat ride up The Thames from Windsor. 

We took a boat ride up The Thames from Windsor. 

 Windsor Bridge over The Thames

Windsor Bridge over The Thames

 Eaton College Windsor

Eaton College Windsor

 Windsor

Windsor

 Our first close glimpse of Windsor Castle

Our first close glimpse of Windsor Castle

Day 3 -Mon 29th Aug 2016 - Fairfax Virginia - Dublin, Ireland

After a short run and good hotel breakfast, we picked Pat up and set off south on the one hour drive to Fredrickburg. This has been the the original capital of the confederation before Richmond and had 4 major battle fought in and around the town. The knowledgeable volunteer at the visitors centre provided us with a map and we set on foot to explore the historic sites.

We had coffee at Hyperion Espresso Cafe" Then went to the house built by George Washington's brother. There we took a 45 min tour, as it was set up as "Rising Sun Tavern" being its function after Washington sold it. We learnt about the origin of some common saying like "bottoms up" .  Inns were regulated to be a day's horse ride apart (50 miles). Also "Ladies" rarely stayed there on their own. It provided indentured  employed for young ladies to work at servants (wenches) and eventually may marry having paid off their years of service.

We passed the navel base of Quantico on the way, and had a quick trip back to drop Pat back to his College,  before driving to Dulles airport and dropping the little car back. It took $15 of fuel for all our running around at about $2.15/gal,

Pat has his first lecture this evening and is required to get the bus for the 7:00 lecture.

After getting ticketed with different seats we had the "luck of the Irish", and got seated together in row 8 at the gate. The flight is a full 757-200 and is about 6 hrs for our first Atlantic crossing.

 Frederickburg Church

Frederickburg Church

 A typical Frederickburg mansion

A typical Frederickburg mansion

 George Washington brother's house that became an Tavern

George Washington brother's house that became an Tavern

 Rising Sun Tavern 

Rising Sun Tavern 

 On our way - Washington DC to Dublin.

On our way - Washington DC to Dublin.

Day 2 - Sun 28th Aug 2016 - Fairfax Virginia

We awoke to another very warm summers day. We arranged to meet Pat at his campus at 10:00, and it's about 10km away. After a good hotel breakfast where there appeared to be a lot of young faces getting ready for the first week of lectures. Freshman orientation was last week, and most new and returners were moving in by this weekend. Pat had been in his room since Monday, after his trip over via Dallas.

After finding our way to Pat's residential college, we decided to take a drive over to the other campus (Info Technology & Medical Science) at Manassas, where he would have two night lectures. It's about a 45 min bus ride.

Next stop was our first visit of the day to look at Walmart to get Pat a soft cover for his mattress. We bought some supplies for lunch, AAA batteries and a T-Mobile mobile phone starter pack (US$36). Lunch was back at the motel room and I also got the sim activated on the Walmart 30day plan (100min talk, unlimited data (5Gb at full speed) and Unlimited texts. It's the same plan we bought for 2015 Yellowstone trip and Simon can use it when we leave him behind for a week with Pat at the end of our trip.

We then had a walking tour of the campus near Pat, as well as looking at his room. We also delivered his ski gear and boots. The campus is very green, with rows of trees waiting to lose their leaves in the soon to arrive Autumn. The building all look either new or well maintained. Pat has two lectures with in walking distance and the others at the Manassas campus. Three lectures are in the evening and one at midday on Friday.

We enjoyed an afternoon coffee at the campus area, even with the day getting hotter. By 17:45 it was 32deg. It was busy with young students.

Pat had a residential building meeting at 17:00, so we walked around Fairfax City, saw the historic court and the spot where John Marr was the first confederate soldier to die in 1861 at the start of the civil war.

Another trip to a different Walmart was planned, where were bought a bed cover for Pat's bed.

Dinner was at an Italian chain, Olive Garden. The food was very good and we all enjoyed the big salad- (US$74 +$11 tip).

After dropping Pat home, we ended an enjoyable day in Fairfax, Virginia.

 Green and hot Virginia

Green and hot Virginia

 Pat's room

Pat's room

 Pat's Residential at GMU

Pat's Residential at GMU

 Pat with George Mason

Pat with George Mason

Day 1 - Sat 27th Aug 2016- Sydney - LAX- Atlanta - Washington DC (Fairfax)

 

Day 1 - Sat 27th Aug 2016- Sydney - LAX- Atlanta - Washington DC (Fairfax)

We left Sydney at 10am on a full Delta 777 across the Pacific and landed in LAX 13:15 later.  We didn't have a lot of free time for the transit at LAX, and the continually improving immigration was quick to navigate as they gave us a "fast pass".

The flight from LAX to Atlanta dept on time at 9:05 for 4:30 flight.

We had a short transit at Atlanta for the final leg to Washington DC/Dulles airport and arrive to a warm Dulles Int Airport 1:15 later. In total we travelled about 23 hrs

The car hire was quick and we drove down the freeways towards Fairfax, Virginia until we quick easily found the Comfort Inn.

We walked across the road and found a sports bar - Buffalo Wild Wings, and enjoyed some chicken and salad (US$41 inc tip)

 Sports Bar, Fairfax Virginia

Sports Bar, Fairfax Virginia