Wimbledon 2011

Catching up…..Read about The Queue here.

Tips for Wimbledon:

-Read the size requirements of bags that can be brought into the grounds and how much alcohol you can bring in.

-Go with a group

-Have a picnic while you are there

-Bring alcohol

-Bring cash

The day was so much fun and we had amazing weather.  The rest of the story can be told through photos.

Picnic

And thanks to David who gave me his Centre Court ticket for the last set of the Soderling/Hewitt match!

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5 Hours In Marbella, Spain

Day 1 of vacation

Day 2 of vacation

Day 3 was spent in Marbella, Spain.  It was a 1.5 hour bus ride up the coast.

I knew it was a beach town and it wasn’t going to be hot enough to lay out but we figured we might as well explore since we were close enough.  While doing research we saw a lot about the Bonsai Museum so we checked it out.  We were the only visitors and we didn’t have any guidebook or descriptions of the plants so it was pretty funny.  It was 2 rooms filled with different Bonsai trees that were up to 500 years old.  If you’re in the area don’t waste your time.

There you go.  You can now say you visited the museum.

After the museum visit we went down to the beach and the old town.

There were street artists in the old town and their work was very beautiful.  One in general stuck out.  Watch him do his thing in the video.

What do you think of his work?

Marbella was a great day trip but next time we will definitely bring our bathing suits so we can lay on the beach.

Climbing The Rock

You can read about our first day in Gibraltar here.

The best way to see all of the Rock of Gibraltar is to take the cable car up to the top and then explore it on foot.  At the base of the rock there are a ton of “tour guides/taxi drivers” trying to persuade you to take their tour for £70 but we did it all for £17.50 and was able to go at our own pace.

We took the cable car up the rock.

The view from the top was breath-taking.  You could see Gibraltar, La Linea, Algeciras and a bit of Morocco.

When we got off the cable car we were warned about the monkeys but we also read  this ahead of time:

Barbary Macaques (Apes)

Tourists should be aware that the Barbary macaques are wild animals and do bite. It is advisable not to feed the Barbary macaque, despite encouragement from irresponsible taxi drivers. It is illegal (hefty fines are in force) and bad for their health. Never try to pick up a baby Barbary macaque – its mother will not be happy, and neither will you. If you are bitten by a Barbary macaque, you will require hospital treatment, whilst the Barbary macaques are rabies-free they can infect you with hepatitis, they are most aggressive on the top of the rock, as the most successful animals claim the uppermost reaches of the rock, their less successful fellows being shoved down the rock and the social pecking order.

(source)

Clearly these Americans didn’t read the same article.

Other things to do on the rock are:

St. Michael’s Cave

Climbing stairs and walking miles:

Great Siege Tunnels:

The Moorish Castle:

Eventually you make it down the rock and are so tired you just sit in the square and devour chips with cheese, cheesy garlic bread and beer. Yummmm!

A great second day in Gibraltar! 

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!

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!

 

 

Day Trip to Brighton

My school set up a day trip to Brighton so I figured why not go.  All I had to do was pay £10 and show up at the bus. After an hour and a half nauseating bus drive on the “wrong” side of the road we arrived and were ready to explore the seaside town.

First we went to the Royal Pavilion. We didn’t go inside but it was beautiful from the outside.

After that we walked down to the beach and the pier.

It was a beautiful day so there were people jet skiing, laying on the beach (in clothing), and flying kites.

The only strange thing is that the “beach” looked like this up close.

The pier was full of the typical rides, food places and candy stores.

Brighton is known for it’s rock.  It’s pretty much a candy cane in different flavors.  I brought back the strawberry flavor and we both really liked it.

There was a hamburger place that claimed it made them “American Style”.  What does that mean?!

Some other photos from our day…

And I’ll leave you with a street band named Iron Boot Scrapers that was doing a cover of Rianna’s “Umbrella”.

They were awesome and we sat there for a good 20 minutes listening to them.  Here is the link to their website. www.ironbootscrapers.com

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