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Greetings! Our next adventure took us on a walking tour of Stamford. Stamford is about 90 miles north of London, next to the A1. Stamford is probably most famous for Burghley House, home of William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I. It is a cute little town with gorgeous Georgian architecture. Stamford even had its own castle, built by the Normans around 1075 and unfortunately demolished in 1484. A small bit of ruins remains today.

Stamford has been hosting an annual fair, mid-Lent, since the Middle Ages and it is even mentioned in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (Act 3, Scene 2). The fair is the largest street fair in Lincolnshire and among the largest in the country. For over 600 years, Stamford was the site of the Stamford Bull Run, a festival held annually on 13 November, St Brice's day, until 1839. Not quite Pamplona, but I'm sure just as entertaining. Stamford is a the perfect place for filming and was the site of Meryton in Pride & Prejudice and was also a filming location for The Da Vinci Code and a few other notable movies and TV shows.

Our tour guide Ruth was fantastic. She had a great sense of humor, was very knowledgeable, and had wonderful recommendations.

Stamford Sights & Secrets Tour: https://www.stamfordsightsandsecretstours.com

We started our tour in St. George's Square.
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Of course, St. George's Church
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Some of the very small roads and wonderful architecture around Stamford.
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Yes, this is exactly what you think it is; it was a place where one could pay to take a bath...but now it's a house!
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One of the famous hotels, Crown Hotel, and a Bentley parked out front with a parking ticket...I couldn't resist taking a picture!
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The cute little shop next door to the hotel.
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One of the oldest tea rooms in the town.
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We loved Stamford. It is a cute and charming English town. It has very narrow streets and can be very interesting to maneuver around in. Stamford was a bit crowded the day we visited, but that certainly wouldn't deter me from returning to the town. I bet the town is gorgeous at Christmastime!

On to the next adventure!

Posted by LCP 00:27 Archived in England Tagged and tour sights secrets stamford burghley Comments (1)

Vilnius Day 2

Lithuania

Our second full day in Vilnius we went to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, also commonly referred to as the KGB Museum, and stumbled across a street fair in the main area of Vilnius. We also did some shopping as Vilnius is famous for amber and linen.

The Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights is located in the former KGB headquarters in Vilnius. Tourists are able to see the prison within the complex (which was in the basement) and where executions were carried out as well as learn about the Lithuanian people's fight for independence from occupation. It was interesting to see how the building was designed especially how the KGB wired the building to conduct its activities in Lithuania. The museum also pays tribute to Lithuania Jews who were killed during World War II. It was an overall very impressive museum!

Museum website: http://genocid.lt/muziejus/en/

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Some of the placards describing the prison conditions:
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After the museum, we stumbled across a street fair that ran through the main thoroughfare from Cathedral Square. It was really cool. There were local artisans and food tents and live music, such a great experience. We also did a bit of shopping for amber and linen, which Lithuania is known for.

Vilnius was absolutely fantastic and I would go back in a heartbeat. It is a neat city, with a lot to do, very walkable and economical. Vilnius was not initially on our "must see list" in Europe but we are so very happy we made it to the city. The city is definitely one of my favorite places we've visited so far.

On to the next adventure!

Posted by LCP 23:29 Archived in Lithuania Tagged churches and of museum vilnius freedom fights occupation kgb Comments (2)

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