Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Part 1: England


Going to England and Germany was amazing! There really is no better way of de-stressing than going on vacation. Luckily our flight was delayed from early morning to the evening so we were able to make one last run to the stores for more shopping!. It was such a great experience staying at a bed and breakfast in Bournesmouth for 2 days and enjoying the calmness of the beach and town. B&B's are pretty popular and the street we lived on was literally a long strip of them. It was actually similar to living at home with the exception of waking up to a huge English breakfast consisting of 2 rashers of bacon, sausage, tomatos, mushrooms, toast, egg/omlette (2 or 3 eggs), hash brown and baked beans. We were so stuffed that we ended up skipping lunch and went straight to dinner. Our first meal was none other than fish and chips!

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The coolest part was actually watching them made right in front of our eyes.. fresh fish dipped in batter and then deep fried. In just a few moments, I had the best fish and chips ever.. very moist, fresh and not fishy at all. Next we arrived in London and stayed at a hotel close to the London Eye.

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At our first dinner in London, we went to Locale, a really nice Italian restaurant and the waiter offered me a kids' menu... how embarassing! I just took that opportunity to get free icecream, which by the way was amazing. I wanted a smaller portion anyway after the huge English breakfast at the B&B.

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During the rest of our stay in London, we took a bus and boat tour, visited Stonehenge, the art museum, Buckingham Palace for the changing of guards, London eye, London Tower, St. Paul's cathedral and saw Pygmalian at the Old Vic. It was tough work climbing the 500 or so steps at St Paul's, but I sure needed it after having meal after meal of food that was either deep fried, loaded with butter and or cheese. I don't think I'll be having another potato for a long time! Anyway, the view at the top of the cathedral was breath taking. Too bad my battery died on me and I only captured 2 pictures.

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We also went to Harrods, the most beautiful department store I've ever been to. They have such an amazing selection and display of their products. I did not want to leave and could not help snapping a million pictures of chocolate, candy and other types of food.

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I'm sure you get the idea...

Even though the weather is kind of crazy, I would love to visit England again!


  1. Despite the fact that I've traveled all over Europe, I actually never hit England - you've made me want to visit there even MORE now!! :0)

  2. I love England. It's been years since I've been back for a visit, but your pictures have brought back lots of good memories from when I was a student there. I'd love to go back again but the exchange rate is ridiculous :( Glad you had fun, but I'm happy you're back too.

  3. Well, firstly, WELCOME BACK. I swear, it just hasn't been the same without your sugar laden cake skills.

    England looks wonderful. I felt light headed just looking at the sweets, I'm sure the smell was amazing. What a beautiful country with so much cool food and history.

  4. I lived in Cambridge England for a summer and went to London often - I miss it so much! Isn't Herrods cool?! Your pictures are great - thanks for sharing!

  5. That fish and chips looks good! Look at all of the sweets!

  6. I would love to go to England. I think I gained 5 lbs. looking at all of those sweets. Welcome back!

  7. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation!

  8. Gee, what a trip you had. My daughter studied in England so I got to visit her for a bit. It is so much fun and I do love fish and chips, and Harods and just about everything else there. Thanks for sharing the stories and great photos!

  9. Wow, beautiful photos! I love the checker board of all the bright colored candies and chocolates. We're going to be in London for a day this fall on our way home from Athens, I don't know how we are going to fit anything in and you make it look so wonderful!

  10. Ah, the memories of England. I've been to most of the places on your list whenever I studied abroad in Ireland. And you forgot to mention that was 500 stairs going one way at St. Paul's with no elevator, but like you said, the view is breath taking.

    Just type in mooseygoneirish when you click on the link. Those are my London pictures (plus some sub-albums for a handful of Ireland pictures)

  11. Oh my goodness, all that chocolate is wonderful!! I am loving all the travel pics. I cannot wait to get to London and see were hubby grew up. I love the pic of the London Eye!

  12. Your pictures are great. I miss England...especially the food section at Harrods!



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