touring with the fam

A couple of weeks ago my family was able to come a visit me. After a having a proper cry upon seeing them for the first time in months I was excited to show them around my stomping grounds. We had a pretty jam packed schedule so like Italy, I’ll just summarize each place.

PARIS

We started with a weekend in Paris and boy what a weekend it was. We enjoyed crepes next to the Eiffel Tower and even got to go to the top, took a boat cruise along the river Seine, went inside the Notre Dame and just enjoyed the life in city. Were we shocked at how full of life the city was after dark, people grabbing dinner around 10pm and just casually out strolling the streets. If only we could take a weekend getaway to Paris whenever we wanted…


            

   LONDON

Our first day in London happen to be VE Day (Victory Europe) so after I showed the fam around Oxford and Piccadilly Circus, China Town, Covent Garden, Trafalgar and Leicester Square we headed towards parliament and ran right into the parade. And we stay to watch because we were stuck and were told the Queen would be coming round and duh, we wanted to see her. She didn’t end up coming :(, but we got to see lots of cute Veterans, which I enjoyed. Other than that we pretty much hit all the major stuff, Big Ben, the Eye, Tower of London, Westminster, Harrods, Hyde Park….the list goes on and on. But instead of going to see a show at Piccadilly we decided to do a Jack the Ripper Tour instead…and it was well worth it. Our guide Barney, a Beefeater, was engaging and knowledgeable and it was nice intimate group. I think my family would agree with me when I say that was one of our favorite things we did in London. If you ever go to London I’ll gladly give you the info for the tour.


                           STRATFORD UPON AVON

Stratford was a typical quaint English village and happens to also be the home of Shakespeare. We got to tour his house and gardens and it’s crazy how well preserved his house is today. They also gave us free scones and sparkling wine, so that obviously made the experience better. I think we all enjoyed the visit and it was really the first time my family got to see a true English town.


       BATH

Bath blew me away with it’s beauty. I almost wish I had considered studying abroad in Bath becasue it really was that beautiful. All the buildings are made with stone from bath and it’s set on a hill so the views are incredible. While there we got to tour the Roman Baths and enjoy some true Cornish Pasties. I think we all wished we got to spend a bit more time there and agreed we would when we come back.


            

STONEHENGE

Stonehenge was interesting. To be honest it was kind of creepy. They are just the big and tall stones set up in a specific way but no one really knows why…and then in all the land surrounding the stones there are these human burial grounds that form little hills, so you basically know you are surrounded by dead people. I’m really glad I got to experience it and looking back I still don’t really know how I feel about it.


         EDINBURGH

I might dare to say that I liked Scotland better than Ireland…Edinburgh was so beautiful, the views were incredible from every angle. We got to check out Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Crown Jewels, walk the royal mile and taste about every free sample of whiskey there was. We also took a hike up a cliff, but didn’t got too far as we weren’t properly equipped and we are old and out of shape. It’d seemed there were bagpipes being played everywhere and I couldn’t have asked for a more lovely day in Scotland with my family.


                

SCARBOROUGH

Scarborough is on the East coast of the country and it’s a place that definitely comes to life in the summer. With it’s long stretch of beach, and arcades full of carnival games it is pretty much a child’s paradise. Nonetheless it was still lovely to walk along the beach and enjoy the seaside smell. It was quite refreshing actually. It was the perfect way to spend our second to last mornign together.


       YORK

York is your typical medieval English town. The city walls are almost still fully in tact and the shambles are so picturesque. We got to enjoy a proper high tea at Betty’s, the best in Yorkshire, and then enjoyed walking down all the pedestrian streets looking through the windows into the cute little shops. It was also race day in York so while relaxing for a bit before out tour we encountered many people in really good ‘moods’ and all had a laugh at that.


                 Writing this post makes me miss my time with my family but it’s a good thing I return home in about 2 days.

Cheers.

~meesh

P.S. I’ve got about 3 more travel posts to go

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on the edge

Because it seems I’ve turned into quite the procrastinator these days it only makes sense that it would take me like 4 days to get a post up about my day trip adventure this past Sunday.

With last weekend being one of the last weekends in Leeds, we decided to stay local and enjoy the city. Saturday a few of us got our lazy asses together and went into town. We explored some of the arcades in the city center which are just absolutely beautiful. The are detailed and exquisite, so it would only make sense that that is where all the really fancy and expensive shops are (No, I don’t have any pics because it was a miracle that I even made it out of my room on Saturday).

But, this isn’t what this post is supposed to be about. Okay, so Sunday my flatmates and I decided to take a trip to Ilkey, which is about a 30 min train ride to the northwest, I think. The day started great, the sun was shining and it wasn’t too cold. We arrived into town and then headed to the Cow and Calf Rocks, because Ilkley is known for their hiking…..

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Let’s just say we definitely got our workout in for the day. We made it up there and it was totally worth it, the views were just absolutely stunning and it was the first time I felt like I was in the English country side…you don’t realize how big of a city Leeds is until you get into a little town like Ilkley.

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So we did a lot of exploring and picture taking which I enjoyed until it started raining….and then it started snowing and don’t even get me started on the wind. By the time we got down from the cliffs and peaks we were completely soaked. And I mean like head to toe, my jacket was wet all the way through. So of course we did the most logical thing you do when you’re wet, cold and completely disheveled. We went for High Tea.

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I actually shocked that they even let us in the way we looked, no offense. Anyways, I just decided to get some Hot Chocolate to help warm me up a bit and because I decided I’m going to go back and have a proper High tea when I’m dressed nice and the weather is good.

After that we headed back home, still cold…when we finally got back it was a mad dash for the shower.

Mother nature may have not been on our side but it was still a great little adventure.

Enjoy.

~meesh

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P.S. I leave for a weekend in London tomorrow and I’m unbelievably excited. We’ve got the whole weekend planned out for us, so next week I know I’ll have lots to say and lots of pics.