Friday, July 30, 2010

A little bit of everything.

These past few weeks have been pretty crazy but so fun. 
We have done lots of site-seeing and just got back from spending a week up north.
I'll post more on that later, but until then here are a few things we've done!

Jane Austen's House
Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
Camden and Borough Markets

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I read this book before I came to London and loved it so much I thought I should blog it. 
I honestly have to say it is probably one of my all time favorites! 
It might be a little heavy for a summer read, but if you have the time, I would definitely recommend it!

Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm back!

Paris was fabulous.

WWI memorials. Seine cruise at night. Chartres Cathedral. Shopping down the Champs Elysees. Most divine meal at Cafe Constance. L'arc de Triomphe all lit up with friends. Bastille Day. Musee du Louvre. Downpour in the Tuileries. Hot chocolate and pastries at Angelina's. Pierre Herme macarons. Musee D'Orsay (favorite). Musee Rodin. People watching on the Champ de Mars. Fireworks behind the Eiffel Tower are magic. Notre Dame. Shakespeare and Co. bookstore. Latin Quarter and crepes. Baguettes for the road.
It was such an amazing experience and enjoyed every second!
I miss it already!

And can't wait to go back. Someday. 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

au revoir!

Tomorrow we leave bright and early for Paris! Be back in a week!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Music, jewels, and markets.

So as I mentioned in my previous post, this week has been pretty busy. Along with our numerous field trips, we had 3 papers due and not very much down time so bear with me with these random posts.

Thursday night we got to go to a concert at St. Paul's Cathedral. The London Symphony Orchestra and Choir performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It was truly amazing! To hear the Ode to Joy played in this magnificent cathedral with the amazing acoustics was an experience I will never forget. 

Friday we woke up early and went to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. We took a tour to see The Crown of Jewels and walked through old prisons in the tower. Definitely a site to see. After, we made our way over to the Portobello Market in Notting Hill. It was fun to see all the little antique shops and bakeries and will certainly be going back!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Glastonbury, Stourhead, and Bath.

So this week has been crazy busy with visiting and traveling to numerous sites. I will probably break it up into two posts so it isn't terribly long. 

Wednesday we went to Glastonbury, Stourhead, and Bath. Glastonbury had beautiful huge ruins of an old Christian cathedral. We climbed up a huge hill to the Tor, and I was so taken back by the amazing view that overlooked the whole town. I can see why Tolkien came here to get his inspiration for The Shire in LOTR. 

Stourhead was probably my favorite. It is filled with huge gardens that are seriously breathtaking. We didn't get to spend very much time here, but if I ever get a chance I would love to go back and spend a whole day admiring the gardens. The Temple of Apollo (which is pictured below) was in one of my favorite scenes of the new Pride and Prejudice where Darcy is proposing to Elizabeth. Being there made me want to watch the movie over and over again. 

After we went to Stourhead, we headed over to the quaint little town of Bath. If I ever lived in England, Bath is where I would live. There is so much history there, but it is also probably one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen. We toured the Roman Baths and went to the Bath Abbey. It was great!

It was a very long day, but completely worth every second!
(Thank you Laura for the pictures!)