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Nancy Fidler Parr of Roanoke was eager to see Admiral Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory because Nelson is one of her ancestors.
Nancy Fidler Parr of Roanoke and son D. David Parr Jr. at the 11th-century Vianden Castle in Luxembourg.
In Brugges, Belgium, Nancy Fidler Parr of Roanoke and son D. David Parr Jr. were guests at a re-enactment of a Renaissance evening of entertainment and feasting.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
In May, Nancy Fidler Parr of Roanoke joined her son D. David Parr Jr. in Luxembourg to begin an extensive European tour.
“We spent several days in Luxembourg City and also toured the 11th-century Vianden Castle,” Nancy wrote. “The magnificently restored castle was reached by a long uphill walk and overlooks a picturesque village. We took the Eurail to Germany’s oldest city, Trier, which dates back to the days of Julius Caesar’s realm. In the cathedral we saw the Tunic of Jesus Christ brought there by Emperor Constantine’s mother.
"Next we took a lovely paddlewheel boat cruise down the Rhine River to Rudesheim. After a few days there, we continued by Eurail to Brugges, Belgium, for several days, where we were guests at a re-enactment of a Renaissance evening of entertainment and feasting.
"We took the Chunnel Train from Brussels to London and did an exhaustive tour of that great city. At the Tower of London, I posed by the Watergate from the Thames through which Anne Boleyn and others entered for their beheadings.
"Before touring the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace, we spent the night at a working farm in their very comfortable B&B. At the Portsmouth dockyard, I was eager to see Admiral Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory because Nelson is one of my ancestors. This magnificently maintained ship is still commissioned in the Royal Navy.
"We also toured Henry VIII’s Hampton Court, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Cotswolds, Cornwall, and many other parts of England, Luxembourg, Germany, and Belgium too numerous to mention. It was an exciting adventure through history!”
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