UK series: Lake District National Park

(Sept 26-27, 2016)

After all the towns and cityscapes of England, I was ready for a nature break.  So Lake District was the perfect next stop in our roadtrip itinerary to get my fix of beautiful landscape sceneries.
IMG_3566.jpgI never heard about this place before, and it was only through a friend’s suggestion that I heard about this place.. But I instantly loved it here when after seeing all these views..
IMG_3575.jpg
IMG_3475.jpg
IMG_3476.jpg
There’s lots of walking trails available all throughout the park in varying levels of difficulty and time.. Since we only had two nights here, we were only able to pick one of the walking trails here. So all my pictures here are from that walking trail..
IMG_3353.jpg
Continue reading

UK series: Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon

(Sept 25, 2015)

From Cotswold we continued the road trip around UK with a pitstop at Stratford-upon-Avon.. a town made famous for being the birthplace of the famous English playwright Shakespeare..
IMG_3311.jpg

Henley street is the most popular area here in town because this is where the house of Shakespeare is located..
IMG_3315.jpg

IMG_3321.jpg

Shakespeare’s home

Besides this street, there are also a number of different attractions to go to in the town. The house pass ticket allows you entry to several of these places.  For us, since we were only passing by and had a limited amount of time, we decided to just pick one place in the list so we won’t be rushing and are able to take our time exploring..

The one we ended up going to is Anne Hathaway’s cottage.  Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare’s wife and this cottage serves as a museum to the life during that time period and the love story between the two..
IMG_3203.jpg
IMG_3228.jpg

Continue reading

UK series: small English town in Cotswold

(Sept 24-25, 2015)

After a day in Oxford, we drove further up to and looked for a place to stay the night. One of my bucket list items for England was getting to explore a honest to goodness small English town, and I found exactly what I wanted here in a town called Stow-on-the-wold in Cotswold district!
IMG_3155.jpgIMG_3158.jpgEven the inn we found to stay the night in was so typically English I loved it!

complete with English breakfast

complete with English breakfast

IMG_3150.jpg
IMG_3156.jpg

UK series: University town of Oxford

(September 24, 2015)

After London, we rented a car and started our UK roadtrip with a day exploring the university town of Oxford.

We only had a day here so we joined a walking tour to get the most out of our time here.  The tour was informative and gave us a glimpse into both the history of the universities and the life and traditions of living and studying here.

The whole place just inspires learning and education! IMG_3112.jpg
IMG_3113.jpg

showing one of the traditions here in Oxford of tapping the book on the student's head

showing one of the traditions here in Oxford of tapping the book on the student’s head

IMG_3101.jpgIMG_3027.jpg Continue reading

UK series: London in 2 days

(Sept 22-23, 2015)

Generally I’m not a fan of big cities.. For me city buildings lack character and all look the same with their glass walls, dull grey colors, and boxy shapes.  I want places where I can explore and see colors, patterns and different architectural styles.. Something that tells me I’m in a new place outside my home.

And although London is known as a busy, commercial city.. It still keeps it’s charm by preserving landmarks and buildings that show you of a past era..

In just 2 days, here are some of the sights we covered!

Leadenhall market – this wasn’t along the way of our planned walking route… But I saw it mentioned that it was used to represent Diagon Alley and Leaky Cauldron from Harry Potter so of course the fangirl in me pushed for a quick stopover here
IMG_2698.jpg

After this we headed off to see the sights around the Southwark district..

Views of the Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and Thames RiverIMG_2715.jpg
Butler’s Wharf..
IMG_2752.jpg

Walking along Tower Bridge
IMG_2736.jpg
IMG_2747.jpg
To get to the Tower of London – must do to see the Crown jewelsA free guided tour by a “Beef Eater” – the guards for the Tower of London

I don’t know what direction we started walking, but we ended up in the Waterloo district where we saw the London Eye

Continue reading