Technically, we weren't in London for our 4th day. We took the tube to Waterloo Station and then got on a rail to meet some friends in Surrey. CH had met this couple during the summer of 2010 out in Colorado; they just got back home a few weeks ago from riding around the world on a motorcycle.
We didn't have any problem finding the right train and boarding...in fact, we made it just in time so that we didn't have to wait.
Our first stop: Shere, Surrey. We walked down into the village; this was one of the first houses we saw:
If you're a fan of the movie "The Holiday", you'll be familiar with Shere. Parts of the movie were filmed there. I went back and watched the movie again, and noticed more of the village than I originally thought were in there. The most memorable site was the pub The White Horse:
We walked across the way to St. James' Church. The church dates back to 1190. Some of the tombstones were so worn that you couldn't read anything on them. By the way...this church can also be seen in the movie (as well as Bridget Jones' Diary: The Edge of Reason)!
As an added unexpected bonus, they took us by Waverly Abbey, near Farnham. This Abbey was the first Cistercian Abbey in England, and was founded in 1128. King Henry VIII dissolved the Abbey in 1536.
Before we left, CH called to me to walk back to the river (turns out it is the River Wey), and we saw some remnants from WWII:
It was said that the large open space, formed by the curve of the river on one side and the lake on the other, was intended to be a "tank killing ground" for any German army intending to outflank London's defences."
At the entrance of the Abbey, there are a couple of "pill boxes" (brick gun emplacements):
After driving around a bit more, we ended up at our friend's house. It was a beautiful house that was built around 1825. Her garden was gorgeous. Unfortunately, I didn't even think about taking a picture of it before it got dark. While we were at their house, we had our only good rain the whole time we were there. By the time we left to go back to the train, the rain had stopped.
This was our "late night out". We got back to our room around midnight. On the way back to the hotel, we had our only incident when we thought someone might try to pickpocket us. The road in front of our hotel wasn't very well lit, and there was a guy who was following me awfully close. CH told me to hold up a minute in front of a department store, so I stopped and commented on the light in the store. The guy went on ahead of us, but he looked back a few times.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures from our outing to Surrey. It was unbelievably beautiful. Just like the movies.
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