Exploring & Escapades

bits & pieces of my travels

Category: England

Spring Botanic Garden

This Botanic Garden that I love, my favorite place to wander and practice using my camera. I’ve visited in the fall and in the winter. Now, the spring. It’s never the same. Something new is alive every time. 

Ely Spring

Ely is beautiful in all seasons, but especially in the springtime when the pink flowers burst open against the grey skies. It’s still a bit chilly here in England, but the rainbow of flowers everywhere are a reminder that summer isn’t too far. Warmer days will be here soon and, with them, a new kind of beauty. 

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey is the closest National Trust site to us in Cambridge, and yet, somehow we had always overlooked it. To be honest, we assumed it was “only” a giant, old house. In fact, it’s much more than a house. The grounds are expansive, full of gardens and woodland paths. There’s even an old, working mill. 

It was such a nice afternoon out in the sun. 

The Boat Races

A warm and sunny spring Sunday at the 163rd (72nd for women) annual Boat Race along the Thames River in London between rival universities, Oxford and Cambridge. Of course, we cheered for our hometown team, Cambridge. They, sadly, did not win, but it was a very fun day with very good friends. 

The Backs

Wandering along The Backs with my camera on a sunny, chilly spring day. The weather was moody; one minute, warmth, the next speckled with sun showers. And then when I finally returned to my bike to travel home, ice fell from the sky. Even still, it was nice to be in the light. Spring is here. 

Tower

I’ve been inside the Tower of London before, and while it’s one of my favorite activities in London, it’s also not free; I didn’t want to pay to do the same tour again, and so, while my visiting friends went inside, I opted instead to explore the outskirts with my camera on this misty, moody English afternoon. 

The area is one of the most crowded in London (from my experience, at least), and there were tourists everywhere. Some might find that annoying, but I thought it was sort of nice. In this one little area of the world, so much of that world packed in together. All of these people here for the same view, to walk the same street, hundreds of years old. 

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