This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this


This is a map of all the places we visited, stayed at or at least drove or walked by. We set out on great walks like the Darkest Victorian London tour that took us to Borough Market, which began in 1014, as well as other famous scenes from Dickens' books such as Nancy's Steps. Our evening Jack the Ripper tour still was interesting, though most of the buildings where things took place have been replaced with high rises. There's something special about just walking in spots where we know historic things have happened hundreds or thousands of years ago, and seeing the ancient chunks of Roman wall still standing, built to guard Londonium. Also getting to see ancient manuscripts at the British Library felt like getting a window into the minds of residents of England of long ago. Seeing those ancient books turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip for us, though I know you went in skeptical. Lucky for us, the library as digitized those documents so we can study them further from home. It also felt amazing to see the graves of so many famous people of history at Westminister Abbey. They didn't allow people to take pictures, but do offer these amazing virtual tours online. After our time in London, we drove down to Weymouth on the southern coast where we mainly relaxed at our wonderful B&B called the Gloucester House along the shore, but also visited the Northe Forte. Here are the highlights of the trip we shared with everyone. Here's the album with all our pictures of our trip in London and Weymouth.

This is the picture I keep as my background on the phone, because it captures everything I love about life - you at the center of it. See our album on all the places we visited in England.

You love to joke about how nerdy the National Museum of Computing was next door to Bletchley Park, but I think you secretly liked it as much as me! Especially when you spotted your old Mac!

While just about every painting we saw at the British Museum is worth contemplating, this one stuck out to me most, as it showcases the four stages of a man. I hope to be by your side until my final day on earth.

I still dream of how tasty all the food was over there! Thanks for introducing me to pot pies and all the other wonderful dishes we ate there and have brought back.