Saturday Snapshots

It’s been a busy time here recently, as these photos of some of the places we’ve visited show:

We’ve been away visiting family. We stayed at Marlow in Buckinghamshire. The photo below shows the Marlow Bridge – a road and footbridge across the River Thames. The original crossing probably dates back to 1309. The current suspension bridge was built 1829 and 1832 and was restored in 1956-7.

Marlow Bridge P1090134

There were the usual boats, ducks and swans but we were surprised to see this driving up the Thames:

Amphibious car Marlow P1090141We had a flying visit to Eton and Windsor, not far from Marlow. We had lunch at the 300 year old George Inn at Eton on one side of the Thames:

George Inn Eton P1090082and then we crossed the bridge into Windsor for a quick look at Windsor Castle:

Windsor Castle P1090097

 Other trips out were to Silverstone in Northamptonshire where our nephew has a hospitality suite and we watched the practice for the British MotoGP. His suite, located right over the pit lane, has fantastic views over the start/finish straight.

Silverstone P1090230And then we were off to Coventry to see our other nephew’s show The Prodigals (he’s the musical supervisor/director). Before  the show we managed to go to Coventry Cathedral, but only to see the outside as it was near to closing time for the Cathedral and opening time for the show. The photo below shows the entrance to the Cathedral through the huge Screen of Saints and Angels, with a reflection of the ruins of the old Cathedral:

Coventry Cathedral P1090236and finally the next photo shows the enormous bronze statues, designed by Sir Jacob Epstein, of St Michael defeating the Devil:

Coventry Cathedral P1090238

I’ve got more photos – plenty for several Saturday Snapshot posts!

For more Saturday Snapshots see Melinda’s blog West Metro Mommy Reads.

16 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshots

  1. Margaret – You’ve had a great trip! I just love that ‘photo of the car in the Thames! That ‘photo of Windsor Castle is wonderful, and the St. Michael Statue – quite impressive! Thanks for sharing.


  2. Thank you for taking us along on your trip. I love the picture of Windsor Castle and would love to see it in person. I’m curious about the car/boat you saw. The final picture of the sculptures is wonderful.


  3. Good to see Marlow. I spent a couple of childhood holidays there in the mid-1980s. We stayed on the island that is separated from the river bank by Marlow Lock. Did you know that there is an almost identical bridge, on a larger scale, across the Danube in Budapest? It was designed by the same man, William Clark.


  4. Thanks for all your comments.

    The vehicle driving along the Thames is a car-boat/ amphibious car.

    And David I didn’t know about the bridge across the Danube! We walked the footpath across Marlow Lock and alongside the Thames – and have some photos to post about that too. It’s a beautiful area.


  5. Love the pictures of Marlow and Windsor and the Thames – as a child I lived near Windsor, and I lived on a boat just outside the town for a couple of years. And the photo of St Michael at Coventry Cathedral is fabulous. Coventry is just up the road from me now, and I’m always amazed by the Cathedral, with it’s theme of reconciilation and forgiveness, which continues to this day.


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