In May of 2005 we visited our dear friends in Bristol, England, Don and Ann Kimber. We first met Don at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Don was a graduate student in geography. Mel was a graduate student in physics and Pat was an undergraduate in history and education. When Don returned to England following his year in the United Stats he met and married Ann. They have two sons, Paul and Phillip. We had a number of trips with them ove the many years of our friendship.
We flew to Gatwick and then took a train to Bristol as Don and Ann agreed to drive for our travels. Don picked us up at the Bristol-Temple Mead train station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59), celebrated English engineer. We went to pick Ann up at Bristol Univrsity. We inquired of a graduate student near the geology building about "The Map That Changd The World". Mel remembered that the map created by William Smith was at the University. As luck would have it, the student was a geology student and had a key to the room where the map is hung behind a curtain. It was a special treat.
There were two trips during our visit. The first was to visit Bradford on Avon, considered one of the most beautiful villages in England. As so often happens when traveling with the Kimbers, they are a always willing to seize opportunities for exploration. Out trip to Bradford got sidetrackrd by wonderful places in between. A beautiful estate in Cold Ashton, a May Day celebration in Marshfield and a Steam Rally near Castle Combe. We did see Bradford on a later trip with them. The second trip was to Chester and points in between, Tewkbury, Ledbury, Chatsworth House and Warwick Castle.
Ann found us a wonderful place in Chester. We stayed at Cotton Farm B&B that had a Roman bridge and a Roman road nearby as well as a Mott and Bailey castle mound. The farm was listed in the Domesday Book.
We visited Phil, Debbie and Evie Kimber in Leicester and had a wonderful meal at an old pub.
Pat and I took the train to London and did some sightseeing and attended the musical, "The Producers." We took a side trip to Leatherhead to visit great friend, Eunice Paul and her daughter, Lydia's family before returning to Austin.