England 2016

During my September Goals Update post and video, I stated that I would be travelling in October. Well, I’m back from my trip! I had a wonderful time with my husband over in England. We participated in an archaeological dig, but I’m not allowed to divulge anything; eat a multitude of cuisines while there; and went to some of the bigger tourist attractions in London for research for a book I’m writing. Fun times!

2nd night’s dinner was at Tandori Nights, right down from the hotel. Introduced the crew to poppadoms and chutneys.

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1st Saturday we were there, a quiz night was held at the local history museum against some of the locals. I’m proud to say the Americans didn’t do too badly, until the category was Local History.

Monday, we went for a six and a half mile hike to Stonehenge, up the Processional Avenue the ancients would have walked. English weather being what it is, we were right in the middle of a sheep pasture when it started to rain and hail. Lovely….”It’ll only last five minutes!” BS! It lasted 15! With the exception of my feet and my head, thanks for my insulated boots and hat, I was soaked through. Thanks, David.

Video filmed once the rain stopped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45vVBt_GT-E

The next day we actually went to Stonehenge officially and walked around the site. I FORGOT MY HAT!!!! Yes, it was a big deal. I had to wrap my scarf around my head like a babushka. It didn’t really help.

At Stonehenge video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAON4jW3A_k

After Stonehenge, we went to High Tea at the local tea room: McGuire’s Vintage Tea Room. They had my china pattern!!!!!

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Tuesday afternoon was Salisbury to see the cathedral. My mom had specifically talked to me about what it was like for her to see it when she was there in the late 1970s. After the cathedral tour, and while most of the group attended Evensong, I dragged Husband and other group member to a yarn store.

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Wednesday was spent in Bath. We ate at Sally Lynn’s for lunch. Did tours of the Roman Baths, which was pretty cool. Then, of course, I had to hunt down the two local yarn shops. Found my Hedgehog Fibre yarn!!! Dinner was at a Moroccan restaurant. The food was soooo good!

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Thursday, we traveled to London. Spent the afternoon in the British Museum doing a scavenger hunt. But before we got there, we all stopped to eat at this adorable Italian restaurant that was two blocks away from the museum. I have never had gnoochi as light and fluffy as they made it.

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Friday was the Tower of London. We actually took the tour this time. Very interesting. We got to see the inside of Her Majesty’s Private Chapel. I later asked the Yeoman (aka Beefeater) when the last time the Queen stopped by: 2014! A lot more recent than I thought.

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After the Tower, we were set loose on our own, which meant Husband and I went and hunted down a yarn shop. (Are you starting to see a pattern?) We had to play real-life Frogger to get to this one. Scary! Don’t ever want to do that again. Lunch at a pub. Husband got his Lincolnshire sausages and mash for lunch. Any British expats reading this will understand how important that is.2nd Saturday, we went to the Natural History Museum. Very impressive collection. They had coconut crab specimens! Holy crap! As well as the giant squid!

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I also hopped over to consult a detective…

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I convinced everyone to go a French restaurant for our final night in London. Once we found the place (it was on a side road, off a side road, off a main road), we all settled in. The food was delicious! Vichyssoise, lamb wellington, and chocolate mousse! Perfect way to end the trip!

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That was my latest adventure!

© Cori Large 23 Oct 2016

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8 Responses to England 2016

  1. Angela says:

    Wonderful description of your trip. Loved it. During your two trips to Stonehenge and archaeological dig experience you have seen and done more than the majority of those living in the UK. Lucky girl.

  2. Janet Morris says:

    A lovely description that brought back many fond memories. Thanks.

  3. Steve Morton says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to England

    They might finish building Stonehenge one day… the builders left it like that hundreds of years ago and no one knows their phone number 🙂

    Steve…. a Brit!

  4. Gunnar says:

    It seems you have had a wonderful journey! Lots a nice things do see and do.
    I wish you a fine Sunday!

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