Thursday, June 16
We left San Francisco under sunny skies, right on time - at about 7 PM on Thursday. Our flight was uneventful, and we arrived in London's Heathrow airport at about 1 PM on Friday the 17th, local time, under cloudy skies. We drove to Stonehenge, where it was rainy and cold, but still an amazing place. Got to the hotel in Bristol by 8, and had dinner at 8:30. By this time, many people had been up for almost 30 hours. People slept pretty well Friday night!
at the airport...
boarding the plane!
Stonehenge - cold and rainy
Brian and Evan
We spent today in the nearby city of Bath, visiting the famous Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and doing shopping and sampling the local cuisine. First orchestra rehearsal in the hotel tonight. Rain in the morning, but in the afternoon, the sun came out!
Nick, Nicole, & Christina at the Baths
The large bath
The river Avon
We left Bristol for Cheltenham in shifts (one bus early, one later) because our visit to the Holst Museum in Cheltenham had to be done in small batches. It was pretty interesting - Holst was born in Cheltenham, though did not live there as an adult. After the museum, we had lunch at The Slug and Lettuce, free time to shop and sightsee, then a rehearsal and a spectacularly well-played concert at the Cheltenham Town Hall.
Cheltenham Town Hall
PYO Concert Portrait - Cheltenham Town Hall, June 19, 2011
We drove to Stratford-upon-Avon, dropped our luggage, ate lunch, and then drove to Oxford! We had a walking tour, saw Christchurch College (has some Harry Potter significance), had some free time (which many spent at Blackford's, a well-known music store), then presented another great concert at the Oxford Town Hall.
Christchurch College, Oxford
Evan seems to enjoy Rugby!
Harry Potter ate here...
Bodlean Library Reading Room
Iris and Sarah
We spent the morning visiting Shakespeare's birthplace, with some free time in Stratford-upon-Avon. Then we drove to London, where we visited the British Museum, had dinner, and went on a walking tour in the Westminster area.
Shakespeare's Birthplace Allie & Stacey, & Bill Home of the Royal Shakespeare Co. London, Wesminster Abbey Jeremy, Ben, & Nick Parliament Bell Tower How many fit? Christina & Tamlyn Buckingham Palace
Today we visited Saint Paul's Cathedral. Many of us hiked to the top of the dome, where the view was spectacular, even in the rain. This was followed by a concert at the Church of St. Sepulchre, known as the "musician's" church. We spent a short while at Covent Garden, then had dinner and saw the musical "Legally Blonde" at the Savoy theater in London.
St. Paul's Cathedral On the Millenium Bridge View from the top Church of St. Sepulchre Covent Garden Royal Albert Hall Albert Memorial
Today we left for home.
Arrived home (SFO), pretty tired, at about 4 PM. We bid our cool buses good bye at Heathrow, in the sun this time... Other Pages of photos: People, Planking
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