Hello! I have been MIA on here lately…partly due to the fact that we did a trip to England, and maybe partly because I’ve been reading and completely sucked into Outlander and thus not blogging :) We did 10 days in England: 4 in London and 6 in Bradford-On-Avon from whence we did several small excursions in the area. It was so lovely and a wonderful vacation. I hope you’ll endulge me a bit as I share an overload of photos with you this week! We got back last Sunday (how has it been a week already), and readjusting this week was hard! I didn’t anticipate being jet-lagged coming home, but we most definitely were. Every day was an adventure, and in retrospect it would have been smart to take Monday off to recoup, but oh well. Save those vacation days, I say!
We stayed in a flat in Notting Hill that we found on Airbnb, and while maybe it’s a cliche to stay there, it was an awesome neighborhood. Lots of restaurants and things to see and do. We felt like locals and it was a great home base during our stay. The flat itself was pretty cute, although there were definitely some pros and cons to the place (i.e. aforementioned construction and Wifi outage). We arrived Thursday and got to the flat a little after noon, showered, and headed out. No rest for us Waltz’s! This pretty much set the tone for trip…I feel that relaxing in Europe is pretty much impossible, although the pace was slower outside of London. Too much to see and do. We lucked out majorly with the weather and had a true spring the whole trip. Sun every day, temps in the 60’s, even 70’s a few of the days. Lots and lots of flowers…heaven! Case in point:
In no particular order, here are things we did and things I recommend you do as well!
- Go to the Tower of London – of course! This is a really fun and must-do touristy thing. I mean, Anne Boleyn was beheaded here! Plus you get to see the crown jewels, Yeomen Warders, ancient torture chambers, etc.
- River cruise – We hopped on at the Tower and got off at Westminster Abbey. It was a nice way to see the city and get some history too.
- Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, Royal Albert Hall. We just saw all of these by walking around on foot. We kind of felt like we were just checking off boxes – saw it! – but London is gorgeous so just perusing on foot or bike was great.
- Bike through Hyde Park – awesome! Then grab a pint at a pub and watch a football match if you are lucky enough to get the timing just right :)
- See a show on the West End – We saw Let It Be! It was like being at a Beatles concert – so fun!
- Harrods – big, pretty department store. The weather was amazing so I didn’t want to shop inside, but we saw it. Check!
- Abbey Road Studios- not much else to do but see it (you can’t go in since its still a working studio), but if you are a big Beatles fan it’s a fun little excursion and doesn’t take much time.
- Afternoon Tea. We went to The Wolseley, and it was delicious and had a good atmosphere.
London – you are beautiful! If I had to characterize it, I’d say it felt like a mix of Paris, NYC and San Fransisco. Such a mix of modern architecture, colorful townhouses and old-world charm. And it is a BIG city. Very happening if you know what I mean! In conclusion, the trains there are so efficient and clean and weirdly one of the things I was most impressed with. I guess when you don’t have a car you notice that kind of stuff. Chicago – step up your train game!
Bath/Lacock/Avebury, Bradford-on-Avon and Cornwall also coming up soon!