I had a feeling when we pulled into the carpark (British term) and I noticed several signs noting our destination a UNESCO World Heritage site, that this was to be a memorable visit. Our favorite Brits, Bill and Tina, wanted to share one of their national treasures knowing we fancy (another British term) ancient stone structures that once welcomed holy residents. Fountains Abbey and the adjoining Studley Royal Garden has to be experienced because words fall far short to describe its combined grandeur. As faithful followers of Saint Benedict, the Cistercian Monks built a completely self-sufficient community in the English countryside. Nancy, the enthusiastic and proud National Trust guide, detailed nearly every important feature of the Abbey including cluing us in on the origins of the English term “Short end of the Stick” and what it means to be a “Physician”. I long for days like this. My mind is a sponge that rarely gets fed at this level with the day-to-day activity called life. This type of “Distance Learning” reminds me of how my love of European history was born.
Off to Italia in the Morning!