Glimpses of England

Highlights from a trip to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, and Portsmouth, England.
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A replica of the caravel Matthew which carried John Cabot to Newfoundland in 1497 is permanently moored in Bristol, England.

A replica of the caravel Matthew which carried John Cabot to Newfoundland in 1497 is permanently moored in Bristol, England.

Southsea Castle near Portsmouth, England, was built in 1544 by Henry VIII for coastal defense.

Southsea Castle near Portsmouth, England, was built in 1544 by Henry VIII for coastal defense.

The Heong Gallery at Downing College in Cambridge, England, exhibited a group of artificial trees by Chinese sculptor Ai Weiwei in front of one of the college's Greek revival buildings.

The Heong Gallery at Downing College in Cambridge, England, exhibited a group of artificial trees by Chinese sculptor Ai Weiwei in front of one of the college's Greek revival buildings.

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford, England, houses the "Morse Bar" often featured in the British TV series Inspector Morse.

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford, England, houses the "Morse Bar" often featured in the British TV series Inspector Morse.

The Isle of Wight ferries leave from near the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, England.

The Isle of Wight ferries leave from near the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, England.

Admiral Nelson's flagship HMS Victory is on display at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, England.

Admiral Nelson's flagship HMS Victory is on display at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, England.

Buckingham Palace in London, England, has been a residence of British monarchy since 1837.

Buckingham Palace in London, England, has been a residence of British monarchy since

The San Marco Horse at Jesus College in Cambridge, England, was designed by Welsh sculptor Barry Flanagan (1941-2009).

The San Marco Horse at Jesus College in Cambridge, England, was designed by Welsh sculptor Barry Flanagan

The Corpus Clock was mounted on an exterior wall of Corpus Christi College at Cambridge, England, in 2008. It contains many innovative features designed to illustrate how time consumes life.

The Corpus Clock was mounted on an exterior wall of Corpus Christi College at Cambridge, England, in It contains many innovative features designed to illustrate how time consumes life.

The River Cam separates an area of parkland known as The Backs from the historic college buildings at Cambridge, England.

The River Cam separates an area of parkland known as The Backs from the historic college buildings at Cambridge, England.

King`s College Chapel (1446-1515) at Cambridge, England, is famous for its stained glass.

King`s College Chapel at Cambridge, England, is famous for its stained glass.

The iconic Bridge of Sighs at Oxford, England, was built in 1914 to link two parts of Hertford College.

The iconic Bridge of Sighs at Oxford, England, was built in 1914 to link two parts of Hertford College.

Legend claims that two giants, Vincent and Goram, created the Avon Gorge at Bristol, England. The Clifton Observatory on top of the hill contains an early 19th century camera obscura.

Legend claims that two giants, Vincent and Goram, created the Avon Gorge at Bristol, England. The Clifton Observatory on top of the hill contains an early century camera obscura.

A statue of Queen Victoria stands before the Council House (1879) on Victoria Square in Birmingham, England.

Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square - pic by David Stanley

The Town Hall on Albert Square in Manchester, England, is famous for its tower and the pre-Raphaelite wall paintings in the Great Hall.

The Town Hall on Albert Square in Manchester, England, is famous for its tower and the pre-Raphaelite wall paintings in the Great Hall.

The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, 292 times before achieving worldwide fame.

The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, 292 times before achieving worldwide fame.

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