This was our vacation rental in Reykjanesbaer, Iceland (a city near Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland). When we travel, we usually stay in vacation rentals rather than hotels. Vacation rentals have a kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and sometimes a living room. They’re very comfortable and more like a home away from home when we’re planning to be in a foreign country for a long time. Our vacation rental in Iceland was very comfortable, though small. In this pictures, we’re packing up to go to the Keflavik International Airport.
We rented a car while we were in Iceland. The white car was our rental. It was easy to drive in Iceland because many of the rules of driving were the same as the rules in the United States.
This is a picture of the Keflavik International Airport. Every airport in the world is different. In many countries, the airports are designed to show off parts of the country that makes citizens proud. Iceland has a very nice airport. The country has a very small population. There are only about 350,000 people who live in the whole country. That means that there are fewer people living in Iceland than in Omaha, NE. Some airports in the world are not very comfortable, but the Iceland airport was very clean and well-built.
Our flight to London from Keflavik took only 2 hours and 25 minutes. You can see the route that our airplane took on the map.
This image give some information about our flight. It’s nice sometimes to have this information if you fall asleep on the plane.
This photo shows the inside of the plane. It’s pretty tight, but the flight was short.
On the map, you can see that our plane is almost to London.
Each of us had to fill out a special card on the plane for “customs”. The stewardesses hand out these cards to foreigners at the end of international flights.
This is what the inside of the plane looked like right before our landing in London.
We flew on another Icelandair plane to London and it was the same type of plane that we traveled on to go from Denver to Iceland.
We could see the street lights of London through the window before we landed.
After gathering our luggage, we found a shuttle bus to take us to the car rental agency in London.
We had jet lag and we were really tired. John was nervous about driving in London.
Lydian was excited to finally get to see London!.
Driving in London is a lot different than driving in the United States. The steering wheel is on the opposite side of the car and everyone drives on the opposite side of the road.
John was very nervous about driving in London. He didn’t know if he could do it.
John had to drive on the left side of the road, rather than the right side, like we do in the United States.
This photo was taken the next morning just outside Windsor Castle on the outskirts of London.
Walking up to Windsor Castle, there were lots of wonderful smells of food. Restaurants and shops of all different kinds surrounded the outside of the castle grounds on all sides.
Windsor Castle has a lot of interesting history associated with it. St. George’s Chapel is located on the castle grounds. We bought a postcard of the inside of the chapel to send to the school.
It’s a beautiful and extravagant place.
We wanted to take photos of the inside of the castle, but photos weren’t permitted and we wanted to follow the rules!
After Windsor Castle, we drove to Great Bedwyn where our vacation rental was located. This is a small town in an area of the United Kingdom known as Wiltshire.
The streets in Great Bedwyn are really narrow, probably because they were built before car travel was common…back in the days of horses and carriages.
This cemetery and church is located just across the street from our vacation rental.
A street in Great Berwyn.
Across the street is the Post Office in Great Bedwyn. The Post Office is also a little store with gifts and food items. We took our postcard to this Post Office and mailed it to the school! You should get the postcard soon!
The first thing we do when we get settled in a new town is find the grocery store.
This is the inside of the grocery store. It looks a lot like the grocery store in Big Springs!
After we bought some fruits and vegetables, we headed back to our vacation rental for the night! Tomorrow, we’re going to a nearby city called Swindon to meet with some of John’s colleagues. John is a computer programmer and he works for a company based in Sweden. His coworkers will meet with him at a little restaurant in Swindon, about ten minutes from Great Bedwyn.
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