Saturday, December 13, 2014

London Day-Trip: Bath

During our visit to London, Bryan and I decided to take a day-trip outside the city. It was a three stop journey: Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge. We'll start with Bath - our second stop for the day.

To be completely honest, I'd never heard of Bath previous to our adventure; we were mostly excited to see Windsor Castle and Stonehenge. But oh were we in for a wonderful surprise. Bath is situated in the hills of England's stunning countryside. And the entire city seems to glow against its rich green hills as the majority of its buildings are made out of the local yellow-colored bath stone.


Driving into town.


Apparently this roundabout is a very popular - and expensive - place to live. Nicholas Cage apparently owns a flat. 






Bath Abbey





I just found this funny...


The city of Bath was founded upon natural hot springs making it a place of great popularity throughout its history. Archaically, it was used as a place of worship. Early AD, The Roman Empire took control of the area and created a great Roman bath or a spa for coed bathing and socializing (we kept our clothes on. ha.). Over the centuries, many have believed the water - with its + 40 minerals - to have great healing powers. It's been said to cure infertility, disease, and even to extend life. I confess I did not find the mineral water very tasty myself...





Look! We were there.




The architecture and geography of Bath are amazing. And we couldn't have asked for better weather.



Many historically acclaimed people are also linked to Bath. One of my favorites is Jane Austen. The famous author actually took up residence in the city until her father died. It's rumored that her book, Persuasion, was greatly influenced by her experience living here. The following pictures detail one of the streets/apartments in which she lived she lived.   


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

London: Portobello Road and Notting Hill

I mentioned Bryan worked Monday through Thursday while we were in London this summer. Well, for those four days I explored solo, which was actually quite exhilarating. Of course I preferred adventuring with Bryan; but there's something special about discovering a new place all on your own. Anyway, on one of my solo days I ventured to Portobello Road which runs the length of the Notting Hill district.

Now, how to describe this quaint and colorful section of London? I haven't a clue. I honestly don't know where or how to even begin. It is simply magical and charming and... perhaps I'll just let my pictures do the telling.


Look at all the colors! It's so happy.





















Yes, I was here. Well, there... selfie attempt.







And there were so many fun shops with all sorts of nifty trinkets, apparel, flowers, and more.






















And me on Portobello... Don't you just love the awkward selfie attempts?! BUT I was there! Haha.


How bout a smile?



This is THE "bookstore" from the movie Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.


Close up.


And I was there! See me - right outside the store?! The one attempting (but failing) to take a selfie on my phone.


No store sign? Fail.


There we go: Notting Hill.