Throwback Thursday: England

I know I mentioned several times that I was going to share all about my graduation trip last year. And then it just never happened. To my credit, I was trying to get all of the media together which took quite a while. Aaand then it just fell by the wayside. But this trip really was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. 

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Kensington Palace

 

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Standing on the glass floor of the London Bridge.

 

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Lunching and boozing at the base of the bridge. I never knew how much I loved smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches until England.

While majoring in English, my focus was primarily the Victorian and Romantic eras in literature, specifically in British literature. In fact, I took so many British and European lit classes that I actually earned a certificate in European studies. Finally getting to experience and see and touch all of the things I’d read so much about was just incredible.

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Oldest pub in Bath. See the 1713 on the side window?

 

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London is such an odd, but incredible mix of old and new.

I got to experience a Shakespearean play in the (rebuilt) globe under a warm sun, and I discussed Jane Austen’s life and letters with a guide in Bath. I rode a sweet, but hot little English cob through the country side, and drank cider in some of the oldest pubs in the U.K which also served as haunts for some of my favorite writers.

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The stage at the Globe.

 

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Being in those places, I finally understood what it is about England that so captivated the writers I studied. I was fortunate during my trip in that we were drenched in sunlight for the entirety of the trip, but even on the gray and drizzling mornings, England felt like it’s own, magical world.

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This sits right in the middle of London.

 

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This was directly across from it.

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Bath was by far my favorite location, with it’s old architecture and beautiful greenery every where you looked. Compared to the fast pace of London, Bath felt so serene and and slow. I can see why so many people have escaped here for the warmer months.

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Roman Baths

 

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This little faux castle fronts are all over the country side, and were used to deter people from trying to invade small towns. From a distance, they look like the front of a very real castle. This image is all the way at the end of my 300mm zoom.

Despite the expectation that there would be tea shops on every corner, I was pleasantly surprised to find that coffee seems to be the more popular option. After 2-3 lattes every day, it’s a miracle I slept at all. But I was determined to try every coffee shop I could squeeze in.

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Coffee for literal days.

 

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This is Duke, the pony I tried to take home. He loves galloping as much as I do.

 

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Second favorite souvenir, because I really could waste day after day away in that magical building.

Despite purchasing a few souvenirs while I was there, but in all honesty, these photos are the most treasured thing I brought back with me. When I’m needing a little escape, flipping through them takes me to my happy place. I’m so grateful to my generous parents for this perfect gift.

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Me for most of the trip.

I’m absolutely determined to find my way back here now, to  explore all of the places I couldn’t squeeze in, like the Lake district. Really, after this excursion, I’m determined to travel to so many more places in general. If all I ever get to spend my money and time on is horses and travel, I’ll consider that a life well lived.

10 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: England

  1. Beautiful! You for sure should go back. And I’m glad you got to ride while you were there.
    On a side note, you and my sister sound like kindred spirits. She has her English doctorate and works at Vanderbilt. I’m pretty sure England is her homeland…

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