More Tales From Across the Pond

It’s okay, he doesn’t know any better.
-My mother about N.A.R. who said he prefered Oxford to Cambridge (blasphemy)

As promised, a picture of our strapping punter.  For lack of a better name we called him James (thinking it sounded good and English) but I took some new friends to Cambridge again this past weekend and imagine our suprise that when they wanted a punt tour as well, we nearly ended up with “James” again!  Thankfully, for Kiri and I, we were spared that embarassment and got his equally attractive and charming friend C.J. to ferry us about, and we learned that “James'” real name is Scott.  However, I think he was always be (fondly) remembered as James to the girls.

Ignore how "good" I look in this and instead focus on the charming Englishman we found to "mind" us
Ignore how "good" I look in this and instead focus on the charming Englishman we found to "mind" us

We also went to Hampton Court this past week.  It’s not Versailles, but I can definitely see why Henry decided to, er, acquire this palace as his own.  It was a great example of both the Tudor and Georgian styles, and it’s a place that you can tell has had a lot of personalities have lived there.  We got to see a short skit of Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Rochford and Sir Francis Bryan, which was a treat for me because I’m a great fan of young mistress Anne.  Stylish, ridiculously intelligent, clever, and just the tiniest bit ruthless.  She may have gotten her head chopped off, but by golly she got a crown on it first!

Hampton Court.  Cardinal Thomas Wolsey built it and gave it as a present to Henry VIII, who reacted in his typical manner of stripping the cardinal of power a few years later and condemning him to death.
Hampton Court. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey built it and gave it as a present to Henry VIII, who reacted in his typical manner of stripping the cardinal of power a few years later and condemning him to death.
A costume exhibit from The Other Boleyn Girl at Hampton
A costume exhibit from The Other Boleyn Girl at Hampton
The clock in Hampton's inner court
The clock in Hampton's inner court
The Haunted Corridor, where Catherine Howard - another of Henry's wives, that man got around - is said to still lurk
The Haunted Corridor, where Catherine Howard - another of Henry's wives, that man got around - is said to still lurk

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