I loved England.
The history, the culture, fish and chips, bangers and mash, Adnam’s, and the 99! Land of Harry Potter and Doctor Who!
I was lucky enough to spend a good chunk of my trip here exploring as much as I could see.
London is the first city I have ever fallen in love with. Small cafe’s, eclectic pubs, the theatre, walking along the banks of the Thames, eating 99’s on a hot summer day….
Another thing I loved about London were the neighborhoods. I stayed in Hammersmith, which is in west London. I was a short walk from the river and the High Street.
Now it’s time for Tourist London!
Must do in London: I love the every so popular Hop-On, Hop-Off tour buses. It’s a way to see everything. I like to bring a small notebook with me as well and make notes of places of interest I want to return to later. The tour I took took about three hours and I honestly saw everything I hoped to see while in the city.
Also, make sure you go to Kerbisher & Malt for some amazing fish and chips!
St. Ives (Cornwall)
St. Ives is a small town that lies at the very bottom of Cornwall, almost as west as you can get in England. I don’t remember how I came upon this town in my planning and honestly before I found it I was dead set on visiting the Lake District. Maybe it was the sparking blue waters and white sandy beaches? Perhaps the Cornish foods: pasties, ice cream, fudge, and clotted cream? Cornish mead? I don’t know, but boy am I glad I went.
I spent three days here sitting on the beach, walking through town, and eating an insane amount of sweets. I like to think of this time as my vacation-vacay. It was a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle that was London.
Cambridge in all it’s higher educational glory. From touring colleges I could only ever dream of attending, to punting on the River Cam, and finishing with lunch at Fitzbillies. Cambridge is the ultimate college town, with over 30 that make up Cambridge University. My lovely hosts took me on a walking tour of the city and colleges. Once the tour was over, we went punting! It’s strange to me that they let people try to punt themselves. I wonder how many people fall into the river….
This is a college….All the colleges here have perfect, manicured lawns that you are forbidden to walk on.
Must do in Cambridge: Punting tours on the River Cam. This was such an awesome way to see all of Cambridge University. If you feel brave, you can give it a go yourself.
Immerse yourself in this town. This is where some of the greatest minds attended school. Founded in 1209, it’s the second oldest English speaking university. So much greatness has come from inside these walls. In fact, your I.Q. might shift a few points by just walking the halls.
I literally have nothing to say about this city. As a Beatles fan, I was super excited to visit this city! I had plans to wander around, hitting up some famous Beatles spots. My actual experience here was anything but super.
I arrived after a week in Scotland, and it was here that I discovered I had gotten bed bugs from a hostel in Glasgow. I barricaded myself in my room, cried a bit, and ordered room service. I only had one night and had booked a night at the Hard Days Night Hotel ahead of time and was a kind of “splurge”.
I will go back, though. And hopefully without bed bugs.