During the Christmas break, I thought I'd post the url to the Footsteps of William Marshal Tour which is going to be taking place in October 2014. - Just in case any of you were planning a break!
The details are self explanatory in the url. But I've added some photographs taken on the same format tour in October 2012. It was so enjoyable. I loved meeting readers and people who were as keen to follow William Marshal's story as I was, and it was great to visit the places in England where he had lived, including parts of South Wales, which aren't always on the beaten path.
Here's an url to the PDF information. Footsteps of William Marshal Tour 2014
And also an url to ATA travel's website. ATA Travel Footsteps of William Marshal
You don't have to live in the US to take advantage of this tour. It's open to all comers and last time around we had a lovely international community. We're still in touch now.
Here are a few photos taken from the tour. I've not included faces (cept one of me) for privacy reasons, but you can get the gist of the scenery etc. They're not quite in order due to the nightmare formatting on blogger. This is just a few of the many. I'd be here all day posting the lot!
|Stonehenge as we passed on the coach|
|View from the walls of Old Sarum where William was a frequent|
visitor and which he would have known very well as a little boy. This is
|Me at Old Sarum. It was one of the few days that it rained.|
|Banners at Salisbury Cathedral|
|Ceiling at Salisbury Cathedral|
|Later period statue at Salisbury but I like it anyway!|
|The tomb of William Longespee Salisbury Cathedral|
|Dray horses as we drove through Marlborough|
|Chepstow Castle - fab weather here!|
|Manorbier Castle - home of the dreaded Gerald of Wales, chronicler and|
contemporary of William Marshal
|One of the wonderful misercords from Cartmel Priory. A mermaild|
|Tintern Abbey - a magical place. Burial place of Isabel de Clare, wife|
of William Marshal. Also of their children Mahelt, Walter and Ancel
|Manorbier against a dramatic sky|
|The beach at Manorbier|
|More Tintern Abbey and the two below|
PHOTOS FROM THE FOOTSTEPS OF WILLIAM MARSHAL TOUR 2012.
|William Marshal's door at Chepstow Castle|
|Entrance to Cheptstow Castle|
|Story board at Whittington Castle|
|Tower of London|
|Chepstow Castle Again|
|Feasting still life at Pembroke Castle|
|My hotel room when we stayed overnight in Wiltshire|
|Bishops' amethyst and gold rings in the treasury of St. David's South Wales|
|The effigies of William Marshal and his son in stained glass morning light|
at The Temple Church, London.
|St. David's, South Wales|
|Inside the tower at Pembroke Castle|
|View from the hotel balcony at St Bride's Spa Saundersfoot where we were|
based for our stay in South Wales. Decent weather again!