Blogs from United Kingdom, Europe - page 15


Europe » United Kingdom March 19th 2015

The second morning I walked to the London Eye but it was so foggy I didn't want to waste my time going up. I visited the London Dungeons which was interesting and a bit of fun. I continued walking along the river to London Bridge and across to the Tower of London and spent a few hours exploring there. That evening I went to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands March 19th 2015

We sat by the banks of the famous Loch Ness tonight and dined on Scottish fish n chips and chicken kebob after we received our tour of the St. benedict's abbey and monastery! On the walk to the boathouse over, we marveled at where we were and how we got here. During our tour earlier, our host asked us where we arrived from. We said Aberdeen and he responded, "ugh...isn't that such a boring drive?!" ........😂 not really for us! The following are quotes that could have been heard hours earlier on our first trip on the wrong side of the road with a pack of rabid, aggressive other drivers...."Curse and damnation ya wankers!!!!....Crissers?!?!....Were we even on a roundabout???.....$&@&!$ $;!&@:$ &;$!$&@:....oh of course, ANOTHER roundabout....thirty MORE miles?!?! We've only gone SIX miles?!?!....Crissers!!! You!!!Why did you do ... read more
The Fiat 500
Magnificent bridge
A "big" truck

Europe » United Kingdom » England March 19th 2015

Just to punish my poor body further after hours of walking I decided to walk from Pimlico to Madame Tussaud's which took me past Hyde Park - this took me a little over an hour. After MT I walked through the park to London Zoo and spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon looking at all the animals. I took the bus to Camden and walked through the markets and got some lunch from one of the food vendors. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 17th 2015

At this moment, I am on a flight returning from a glorious and relaxing ten day trip to the United Kingdom. Having moved to Washington, D.C. from Chicago for the past year and a half, London I realized is a magnificent and slightly familiar place. For a city of over 8 million people, I was astounded by how clean, safe, efficient, and aesthetically gorgeous it is. There is much that American and global cities can learn from not only London, but from British structure and English traditions. The weekend before I was supposed to leave for England, I was extremely nervous and for the first time in years, I felt… scared. I used to never be afraid, of anything. I left for Syria a day and a half after I had a plane ticket, I moved ... read more
Natural History Musem

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 17th 2015

I arrived at Londons Heathrow airport at 5am on Monday morning and was on the London Underground in no time. I arrived at Pimlico Station and walked 10-15 minutes to get to the Travel Joy Hostel I was staying at. At around 8am I walked to the city through Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St James Park.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Lewes March 17th 2015

I've had a busy 2 days, and I still think the most awesome thing that's happened was watching Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace in London with Eno! Where shall I begin? Let's start with the good from Monday. St. Albans is a quaint suburb of London, 30 minutes by train to the north. There are Roman ruins - my first of this trip, but certainly not my last - and they were worth the 2.5 pounds to visit. The Abbey was massive there - St. Albans is a cathedral town, so the abbey dominates both the history and the skyline of the area. They give a free tour a couple times a day, and it was so good - an old fellow showed me and a retired couple around the cathedral for an hour. It ... read more
St Albans Abbey
Panorama from Lewes Castle
Lewes Pound notes

Europe » United Kingdom March 16th 2015

Not long to go now - less than 4 weeks. Only a couple of things to do/buy before we set off...... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington March 15th 2015

I've been to London so many times, it's always a treat to try and find something I haven't seen or done. Since it's always changing, it isn't too difficult to accomplish. Today was a day for staying close to home. I took the opportunity to pay close visits to the 2 tallest new additions to the cityscape: the Gherkin (aka 30 St Mary Axe) and the Shard, the tallest building in the EU. Frankly, I just wanted to see them up close, and when I did, I moved on. I got to cross over London Bridge twice, and I got to see things in the distance that I had already seen up close - Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St. Paul's, the Thames. I finally got around to seeing Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross ... read more
That's a big Gherkin
Emirates Stadium
The Shard is tall

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » Dunbar March 15th 2015

It was around this time last year that I thought to myself that I hadn't really been anywhere in Britain. I had been to places like China, Dubai, Italy, but never had I really explored anywhere right under my nose in Britain. As a massive history geek, I had spent most of my younger years learning about the exciting past that Britain had lived through, and yet never decided to explore the places that these memories had been created in! So in July of last year, just after I graduated, I treated myself and my boyfriend to a trip to Edinburgh. I don't know what it was exactly that attracted me to Edinburgh exactly, but there was just a certain charm I had seen in the photos of it that I just wanted to see for ... read more

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