Monday, April 12, 2010

Snapshots of England

I'm back from 10 glorious days in one of my favorite places on earth. I feel like the most blessed woman in the world for being able to take this trip with my daughter.

Today I'd like to just give you a few snapshots from our trip. Even though they say a picture is worth a thousand words, these still wouldn't be enough to tell you how special this trip was.

"You can find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London, all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson

"England is a nation of shopkeepers." Napoleon Bonaparte
(Liberty of London is now at Target, but hardly the same thing.)

"Let not England forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live." John Milton

"When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London." Bette Midler

"Oh, to be in England now that April's there!" Robert Browning

"A man builds a house in England with the expectation of living in it and leaving it to his children; we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell." Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Europeans, like some Americans, drive on the right side of the road; except in England where they drive on both sides of the road." Dave Barry

"And now the time returns again:
Our souls exult, and London's towers
Receive the Lamb of God to dwell
In England's green and pleasant bowers
William Blake

"By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show." Samuel Johnson

"The only legitimate artists in England are the architects." Benjamin Haydon (English historical painter and writer, 1786-1846)

"I'm leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it's not raining." Groucho Marx



  1. Great pictures Shelly! I told my daughter about your trips to England and she thinks you are the bomb!

  2. Beautiful, beautiful! Looks like a great trip. And the time spent with your daughter, well, those are memories neither of you will ever forget. Yes, you are blessed!

  3. So fun! I just read a book called Jane Austen Ruined My Life, and it made me wish all over again that I could go to England!!!

  4. live vicariously through you!

  5. Oh Shelly. Now I'm no longer complete because I HAVE NOT been to London. What a terrible thing. Your post is beuatiful with the photos and quotes. How I love quotes. How I love travel. I'm ruined until I get myself to London. Ah- at least I can travel vicariously through reading your wonderful blog. Alrighty then, I'll be okay. : )

  6. Your pictures are splendid. You're a great photographer! Now I really want to go!

  7. I think us Brits take London for granted - I live an hour west of it, but I don't tend to see it the way your photos imply you see it.
    I'm intrigued by the way Americans seem to be fascinated with London.