NICE CAB RIDE - We had the pleasure of having a young, personable, cab driver for our trip to Heathrow. He was originally from India, I think. He drove us past fields of rapeseed,which pepper the countryside with their beautiful yellow blooms.
|Rapeseed fields near Windsor|
Brassica napus Linnaeus—known as rapeseed,or Canola—is a bright yellow flowering member of the Brassicacea family (mustard or cabbage family). It is a mustard crop grown primarily for its seed which yields about forty percent oil and a high-protein animal feed. Traditional and other uses have been for lamp oils, soap making, high-temperature and tenacious high-erucic acid lubricating oils, and plastics manufacturing. Rapeseed oil has also become the primary feedstock for biodiesel in Europe
|An English garden we admired|
The cabbie also drove through Runnymeade, and told us that it was the place where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215 (the basis for the U.S. Bill of Rights).
Runnymede is a water-meadow alongside the River Thames in Surrey county. It's located about 20 miles west of central London. The site has a number of memorials about the Magna Carta, but we couldn't stop to see them on our way to the airport.
We arrived at the airport 3 1/2 hours early to check in, and checked email while waiting on one of their computer pay stations.
|Flying home- England out the window!|
|Rob and Tom trying to get comfy on the 9hr flight|
|Sign in a building Tom liked in London|
|Tom and Rob with Parliament House and Big Ben in the background|
OUR FAVORITE BRITISH WORD:Busking - That's playing music at the subway for cash.
THAT CONCLUDES OUR GREAT TRIP TO ENGLAND! We hope you've enjoyed reading about it.