Category England

Twining’s & Once

Twining’s is my favorite brand of British tea, and Elea’s as well. Elea discovered  Twining’s has a tea shop on the Strand in London, and was determined to go. I didn’t know what to expect, but I figured, why not, and so we set off toward the Strand in a most meandering fashion. Along the way we encountered […]

Writers’ London

St. Bride’s is known as the “Wedding Cake Church” for its distinctive Wren spire, but it is also the Journalist’s Church, just off of Fleet St., the traditional home of British newspapers.  I found St. Bride’s by climbing up the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral (which is one of the most amazing cathedrals ever) and looking […]

Highgate? Closedgate.

I didn’t break into a cemetery. It wasn’t for lack of trying, though. I have long desired to visit Highgate Cemetery, a Victorian graveyard overrun with dark green twists of ivy and derelict stone. Maybe it’s a bit odd, but I do love walking through old cemeteries, the kind where the newest inhabitants are wildflowers, not […]

Churchill’s London

My favorite view of Big Ben is Churchill’s view: Just around the corner are Churchill’s War Rooms, incredible underground remnants of a government at work in the midst of war. Two things make the Churchill War Rooms worth the long queue and the entrance fee: One, the rooms are extensive enough to keep me occupied […]

Big Ben and Royal Guards {Classic London}

I’m back! Back home for a couple weeks now (in time for the 4th of July, yay America) and finally back on my blog. While I sort through the 6,000 photos (not kidding) I accumulated during a month in Europe and wait for my laptop to follow me home across the Pond, I’m going to […]

On the banks of the Thames

Almost a week spent in London and we barely scratched the surface. One of the things I love about London is that there will always be something new for me to come back to see or do. One day Elea and I took advantage of the shockingly good weather (no parkas needed and the sun […]

Street Art Across London

One of my favorite (and marginally less Typical Tourist-y) things to do in London was hunt for cool, colorful street art. London is a Big City, so this is the good stuff- not just scrawls of graffiti but art, art that makes you think.                         […]

Notting Hill

Surprisingly, Hugh Grant did not feature prominently in our outing to Notting Hill. Nonetheless, Elea and I managed to have a fantastic time walking through Notting Hill our first afternoon in London.                               The Portobello street market is un-missable, and the spring […]

Update

I’ve been radio silent on this blog lately, thanks to both finals and my own laziness. Things have been going well though, and before I continue posting about my spring break and my last few weeks around Bangor, I’ll just give a quick update on Things Lately. No pictures from the last days of my Outdoor […]

Mountain Walking and more British understatement

Mountain walking, ha. More like mountain walking, jogging, scrambling, hoisting, sliding, crawling. Whoever said the British were given to understatement were guilty of understatement themselves. Usually, I find this habit adorable, amusing, charming, and humble (as in the habit of British people of any age or sex referring to elderly folks as “that young lady […]