Exploring London

Wendy is a fellow expat living in Notting Hill and when I first moved here I emailed her about 53892058920352 questions and she was so helpful with every single one.  She really knew London and I trusted her recommendations.

It’s quite fitting that she has just started her own company called…….

London In A Day

It’s a private tour guide company that will show you London in 6 hours or less without getting lost, using  map or getting stressed.

Check out her blog as well as her company!

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New Additions In Florence

So much has changed in Florence since I was there 6 years ago.  Here are a few:

This is te lobby of my old apt.  It never looked so nice!

My old school is now a beautiful hotel.  The school was so run down and rickety that we kept our jackets on in class because the heat did not work. They completely renovated the building and it’s gorgeous!!

Ben & Jerry’s across from the Duomo just seems weird.  The city is so old and historical I don’t think common day eateries like this work there but clearly I’m wrong.

They cleared the locks from years ago and started over.  This was completely full 6 years ago.

The Oil Shoppe is closed?!?!  Turns out its closed on the weekends so I missed out on eating for my sandwich shop in the world. 

H&M was a treat for us when we traveled but now it’s in Florence.

The Coca-Cola cans are tall and thin.

There are multiply tour companies now.  They don’t go into the center of the city but they hit major spots.

We walked by several sushi restaurants which were non existent 6 years ago.

The one company that is still missing from this is Starbucks. They are still not in Florence or anywhere in Italy for that matter.  STAY STRONG FLORENCE!!!

 

Soooo Excited!!!

In 4 days my family will be here!  I’ve planned out the week, made reservations for tea and dinners, and made an itinerary for them while I’m in class.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!

We are a crazy family but I’m sure most would consider their family crazy also.  We laugh at the littlest thing and just enjoy our time together.

Most say my mom and I are twins.  Do you agree?

This photo is so ugly but I think it describes my family perfectly…..always blaming Alex for something.

Things Planned:

Abbey Road

Borough Market

Portobello Market

Afternoon Tea

Bumpkin

Belgo

Selfridges

Harrods

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

A Tour of my School

Winter Wonderland

The Hobgoblin

Buckingham Palace

And many many more!!

I even have an arrival  gift for them. I hope they like it!

St. Pauls Cathedral

I’m going to copy Marie and make this post wordless (well how about limited).  We went to St. Paul’s Cathedral with Marie & Sean.  We walked around the cathedral and then climbed up the Dome.

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We were able to go as high as the Stone Gallery.  The Golden Gallery was closed on Saturday.  The views were stunning.

 

They just built a mall across the street from St. Pauls. Tacky.

 

We even saw a guy wearing a PSU jacket!! I couldn't resist taking a photo.

We got a pint after exploring St. Pauls.  The George was your typical British pub.  Can’t wait to go back.

The George was also across the street from the Royal Courts of Justice so we took a couple of pics.

The day was great.  Even though we live here “touristy” days are necessary.

A Day In Bath

Jen’s second day here we decided to head out early and take an hour and 20 minute train ride to Bath.  The town is so cute and perfect to walk around for the day.  We lucked out with the weather and were able to sit on the top of the City Sightseeing Bus. while we toured the city.

Pretty house covered by vines

This house is so dirty but will never be cleaned because of the stone used to build it.

Nicholas Cage bought this townhouse but never lived in it. He eventually sold it and lost £300,000.

The black box is the bathroom which was added on to the house years after it was built.

City streets

City streets

The city of Bath

Are you sick of photos yet??

Too bad…..

Next we headed to the Roman Baths.

This woman would not get out of the photo.

After the baths we hopped back on the City Sightseeing bus towards the University of Bath.

The widest street in Bath.

Jane Austen's house

Before we headed back to London we wanted to check out the oldest house in Bath, Sally lunns, which is a restaurant and museum.

Besides being a one room museum with a plastic figure standing there we had to leave because Jon couldn’t fit in the room.  He was too tall!

 

 

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