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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

An English Wedding and a Trip to Oxford


A month ago we went to Benni(Annina's cousin) and Emma's wedding in the English countryside near Oxford.  It was my first trip ever to England so it was pretty special trip.  Annina and I were able to go because of the help from her father.  It was very much appreciated as it was a very special trip.  We stayed at this beautiful 18th century villa  that was turned into a hotel in the countryside.  It was a very nice place and very relaxing.  We spent a lot of time with Annina's family which was very nice.  Then on the wedding day we just went down the road a little ways to a beautiful apple orchard where Ben and Emma were married.  It was a fantastic wedding and we felt privileged to be invited.  The day after the wedding we headed to Oxford and had a tour of the city.  My childhood friend Jamie and his Fiance whom lives pretty close by was able to meet us and showed us around briefly.  It was great to catch up after such a long time and really nice of him to come meet us.  Overall the trip was fantastic and it was interesting to spend some time in the English countryside.  I am not much of a city person so it suited me well.  It was also great to spend time with the family all in one spot which happens rarely it seems.  Again it was all due to Annina's dad that we were able to go and big thanks goes to him as it was a very memorable trip.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned!
Benni and Emma's big day
The Italian gardens at the hotel
Big family dinner
Enjoying ourselves
Big Tree!
Excellent food
Awesome hotel to stay in!  Built in 1790
Awesome thatching
Nice flower
Smelling good
Us with Benni
Annina and her father
Julia feeding the Donkeys
Robert in action
Oxford castle
Uh oh!  Julia and I in trouble again and in the stocks!
Annina with Jamie and Pippa
Fancy schooling Oxford style
JRR Tolkiens favorite pub

1 comment:

  1. Great pics, glad you had fun. Your great picture of the bird is actually one of the famous "M40 red kites". When I was little red kites were one of the rarest birds in the UK - just a few breeding pairs in wildest central Wales. They were reintroduced in Oxfordshire/Berkshire area maybe 10 or 15 years ago and have done amazingly well finding their food on the banks of the motorways (hence the name). They've spread up and down the M40 and now along the M4 as well towards Bristol. It's been a great conservation success - we saw at least 5 or 6 whilst driving down the motorway to the airport last week.