Posts Tagged ‘england’

A new post, at last.

After many months without a new post (or a new trip, for that matter), I’m posting brand new pictures of my recent trip (actually, it was 5 hours ago – I know, I’m fast) to Bath ๐Ÿ™‚

As far as we have been told Bath is the only city in England as expensive as London, which is quite weird actually. Or not ’cause you’ll soon realize, as you get there, that everything looks very posh. I mean, how often do you see a real estate agency selling houses for 1, 2, 3 million pounds? I guess that means something…:P

Andddddddd…Nicolas Cage has a summer house there, which might mean something too.

Anyway…I’m not in the mood for a history lecture but I can quickly tell you that Bath is known for it’s baths lolol How unpredictable! Well…the romans found hot springs there and since then the city has turned into a circus of people with back problems ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve been in Bath before and yes I can tell you it’s definitely in the Top 5 cities in England.

And I think that’s pretty much it!

See you next time, whenever that is ๐Ÿ™‚ In the meantime, enjoy les photos!

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1st picture: The New Spa – See more

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Stratford-upon-Avon

…and another place to visit if you’re into visiting special places, e.g., the place where Shakespeare wrote his books. Or maybe not… Historians don’t know anything about this gentleman but his date of birth and death. All the rest is pure speculation and theories came from an alien planet. Meaning: no history lessons this time ๐Ÿ˜›

Speculate!

Either way, let’s just pretend that the pictures below are in fact the place where he was born and where he lived… ๐Ÿ™‚ To tell the truth, I’m neither a Shakespeare nor a Camรตes fan. But as I usually say, still interesting though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stratford-upon-Avon is my ultimate favourite city in England ๐Ÿ™‚ The river makes it beautiful and besides that the old buildings makes it magical. Oh, and the ice cream and hand made chocolate shops look reallyyyy great ๐Ÿ˜‰

Me, G. and H. had a great time there (although i got a horrifying cold) eating chocolates ๐Ÿ™‚ Not very good for your belly…

Enjoy!

P.S – Oh, and inside Holy Trinity Church you can find Shakespeare grave…although I’m not sure if its just the grave of someone called Shakespeare or if it is the grave of the poet who wrote Romeo and Juliet. Whatever… lol ๐Ÿ˜›

Pictures (from top to bottom): Shakespeare birthplace (you have to pay ยฃ9 to get in…what a nonsense); Shakespeare grave (ยฃ3, another nonsense); the river Avon and G. and H. See more

On Middle Earth and Narnia

Geek stuff time!

So, who doesn’t like J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis? Everybody does! or almost… (sorry V., I know you hate it!). I’m a huge fan (and so is G.) and we’ve decided to go there long time ago but for some reason we never had the chance to visit Oxford, the city where magnificent books were written.

Until this week.

We were very excited to see the pub, The Eagle and Child, where the two authors discussed their works. Gosh…How I wish to have been there to see them talking about hobbits and Aslan and, eventually, ending up in a huge fight. (Yes, geek stuff – there was some rivalry between the two). The pub looks great and you can almost imagine the inklings there by the fire ๐Ÿ˜›

Tolkien’s grave is also a cool place to visit although it is just a grave lol

Unfortunately we didn’t had the chance to visit neither Tolkien’s house nor Lewis’. Another time, who knows?

As to the city itself…well, it’s just beautiful and you know…you never quite get fed up of it ’cause it’s filled with geek memorabilia, including the Christ Church, which is lovely, where Harry Potter and The Golden Compass were shot.

Pictures (from top to bottom): 1) The Eagle and Child, inside the rabbit room (where the inklings met), 2) Tolkien’s grave (can you see there written Luthien and Bรฉren? So romantic…, 3) the Hall of Christ Church 4) the garden still inside Christ Church and 5) the first round library in the world. See more.

…and the castle saga continues…

So G. arrived yesterday and we (G., the other G., H. and I) decided to go to Warwick Castle (built in 1068), you know, another castle in England ๐Ÿ™‚ Always fun for the castle lovers like me.ย 

We had a splendid day (it was sunny regardless the forecast) there. Loads of gardens with the always colorful and vainย peacocks, eagles, owls, catapults (we saw the biggest catapult in the whole word – the trebuchet – firing a 15kg stone into the air. And what a hole it left on the ground!), greenhouses and lakes.ย 

I’ve seen lots of castles in England but none like this. Ghost towers, state rooms, dungeons and the list keeps on going on and on. I wouldย definitely encourage everyone to see this one first! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

As usual, loads of pictures to see… enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Pictures (from top to bottom): castle and surrounding area, me and G., the guys, G. b&w and the trebuchet.

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(doesn’t need a map…it’s just 10 minutes away from Cov.)

Summer post on Weston-super-Mare

‘A day on the beach in England???’. That was my reaction when someone told me we were going to the beach with the uni. I mean, England is famous for many many things but not for its beaches, for sure! Even so, I had to give the benefit of the doubt. Who knows? Perhaps there’s a missing paradise nearer than I thought ๐Ÿ˜›

Well, it’s not Algarve, that’s for sure, but it’s still great. The weather was really good (I’m a bit tanned actually) and there’s beautiful landscapes to be seen. As to the sea water…well, it’s not blue. For some reason (which I haven’t quite understood yet) it is brown. Details…

There’s plenty of coffee shops, restaurants (yes, including the so famous fish and chips which I hate), stalls with all kinds of nonsense (lol), ice cream stalls, donnuts stalls, all kinds of good things stalls ๐Ÿ™‚ The great pier is definitely worth of visiting; you can see by the pictures that there’s a lot of couples around Weston-super-Mare especially in the pier. But there’s a bonus! Along the pier there’s speakers with music and guess what it was playing…Frank Sinatra classics! This is the part where you’ll get depressed if you don’t have a bf/gf ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I spent most of the day photgraphing people I dont know but it was fun anyway! ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t visit any churches or anything else ’cause I’m a bit tired of doing that so I decided to stick with the landscapes ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

Pictures (from top to bottom): doesn’t really matter! P.S – that pointy thing is a monument to symbolize man’s harmony with the sea ๐Ÿ˜‰ See more

Coventry Cemetery

For those who know me this is not a surprise. Actually, if you know me, nothing is ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anywayssss…another trip to those gorgeous Victorian cemeteries that I oh so love! ๐Ÿ™‚ James Starley (for those who don’t know he was the English inventor and ‘Father of the Bicycle Industry’) and 20.000 others can be found there. Dead, I suppose. Not a big deal but still a good place to take a walk.

P.S – You can see that the cemetery is extremely degraded, which makes it even more beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Bloody goth kids in All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween)!

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The green tights conspiracy

OK, imagine you live in Coventry and you decide to go to Nottingham, you know, so you can take a breath of fresh air. What if I tell you that you would end up in the East Midlands airport?

Friday, 06:00pm. New email: ‘Unfortunately your trip to Nottingham will have to be canceled due to a problem with the university bus’.

As you can imagine, this is not what you want to read. But come one! Is this really going to stop me, H. and G.? We’re stubborn and we will do this trip no matter what! And so we did.

We got to Nottingham at 11.00am with a lot of energy to see what Nottingham and the Sherwood Forest had best to offer. Robin Hood, Robin Hood, we all have heard his story. His green outfit, the hat, the longbow and the evil Sheriff were all part of everybody’s childhood, including mine ๐Ÿ™‚ And I believe this is a very cool thing to do! Well, the city where this famous outlaw used to steal food from the rich in order to give it to the poor is, as you can imagine, really changed. Nottingham is today a huge city with a huge city centre where you can find lots of shops and thousands of McDonalds. One in every corner, at least.

So, we did see the Sheriff castle, which is today a gallery art, with its beautiful gardens (Oh and we saw the real Robin Hood too, but he was kinda old with an indian skin tone (details)). Next to the castle you can find a Robin Hood statue with a pretty information plaque. This is the part where my childhood was completely ruined. I really thought he was real but noboby knows the truth. As far as I’m concerned all we know is that he is a legend and possibly the origin of the so famous forest spirit, Green Man, later referred to as a God (unless the information board was wrong). Either way, it’s always good for tourism. After all, Nottingham is one of the most visited places in England due to, of course, Robin Hood.

What next? Oh yes, the City of Caves! These are hand-carved sandstone caves. Some of them were dig 1000 years ago, others 70 years ago. Inside you can find a tannery (anglo-saxon), a World War II shelter and an ancient well (dates back to the Druid age). The ticket is a bit expensive but it’s still interesting to visit the place where thousands lived years and years without ever seeing the sunshine (of course these used to happen during the war). No, this doesn’t end right here.

As good tourists, we wanted to see where he lived (or not): the Sherwood Forest. Again, it is not the forest it once was but it’s still a pleasant place to visit if you’re a fan of landscapes and countryside. The Great Oak is just 10 minutes away from the bus stop (which makes a hell lot of sense if you consider that we’re talking about a forest). This amazing tree is more than 1000 years old and is now being sustained by iron bars. Supposedly, Robin Hood and his friends would gather under it by the fire.

And this was where everything started going wrong. Definitely wrong, as if you were in some kind of horror movie. We had to catch the bus back to Coventry at 6.30pm in Nottingham and decided to catch the bus from the forest to Nottingham at 4.00pm (it takes approximately 1hour). The thing is, it was already 7.00pm when we realized no bus would turn up. We had lost the bus back and we would have to get to Nottingham as soon as possible, if we didn’t want to spend the night there, of course. Solution? ‘Just call a taxi G.’ – I said. That’s when we realized we were in a living Hell. No taxi driver agreed to take us there because it was too far. ‘Now what’? – I asked again impatiently. Now we try to get the hell outta here. We asked some locals what would be the quickest and easiest way to get to Nottingham by bus. Bla bla bla and there we go! As the clock ticked I could only imagine myself sleeping on the street starving to death ๐Ÿ™‚ It took us approximately 3 hours to get to Nottingham. Beautiful landscapes, beautiful sunset, creepy locals, creepy whores out of context (we’re in the countryside after all!) and a never-ending bus ride. How can you enjoy this stuff when you picture yourself dying who knows where? lol Sooooooooo (are you tired? I hope you are! This is just 5% of what I’ve been through) we got to Nottingham (finally) and we missed the bus and the train to Coventry, AGAIN! Options? Not much actually. 1) Spend the night who knows where or 2) grab the next bus to the East Midlands airport and catch a bus there. Option 2! Of course. 2 hours later we arrived to our final destination.

I mean, who could predict this? Nottingham is just 1 hour away and it took us 1 century to get back? Unfortunately this trip was not about my childhood, Robin Hood or history. It was about patience, wasting money and werewolves (yes, I was afraid to be eaten by one, you never know). But Yes! This was fun!!! It’s all part of the adventurous spirit and you can never predict these things when you travel. Let’s just say that I won’t be going there again for a long time ๐Ÿ™‚ At the end of the day it was worth it, as usual! We love you Robin!

(p.s – could you imagine yourself doing all of this in less than 24 hours? me neither!)

Pictures (from top to bottom): Nottingham city centre; Robin Hood statue; the castle entrance; castle garden; Sheriff Castle; City of Caves and the Great Oak. see more