Photos from Dr. Whited's trip to England and Wales (July 2002)

Page 1 – Bath, Dorset, Salisbury, Cardiff, Tintern

A portion of the "circus" of limestone buildings near the Royal Crescent in Bath. Characters in Jane Austen's novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion amuse themselves by walking around Bath socializing and taking in the lovely sites. It is interesting to note that Austen herself did not enjoy her time in Bath, partially because she found the now-faded limestone façades blinding and partially because her father died in the city.

A floral crown honoring the Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (Bath).

The birthplace of Thomas Hardy near Dorsetshire. Hardy wrote the novels Tess of the Durbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure, and The Mayor of Casterbridge.

St. Michael's Church, Stinsford, the burial place of Thomas Hardy's heart (the rest of him is buried in Westminster Abbey, London). Some who were present for the heart's burial reported that Hardy's cat ran off with it before it could be buried.

The nave of Salisbury Cathedral, believed by some to be the most beautiful building in England. Inside the cathedral, we saw one of four existing originals of the Magna Carta.

Stonehenge, on the Salisbury Plain, is the setting of the conclusion of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the Durbervilles.

The Norman "keep" at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales.

The more modern castle at Cardiff, restored in the 19th century, includes in the second-floor children's room murals of well-known folktales. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside the castle.

Tintern Abbey, a ruined abbey about 45 minutes northeast of Cardiff, Wales, in the Wye River valley. William Wordsworth visited the ruins with his sister Dorothy on July 13, 1798, and soon thereafter wrote the poem "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey."

Wherever Dr. Whited travels, she is sure to find the animals. This ewe and lamb posed for her in Wales, just south of Tintern Abbey. Note the castle in the background.