Exploring & Escapades

bits & pieces of my travels

Tag: United Kingdom

Greenwich

Greenwich, center of the universe, center of sunshine on an April afternoon. The light was harsh and bright, and the park was overwhelmed by the crowds. 

Everyone out to feel the sun, to see the flowers – to be in love. Our friend proposed to our other friend right here on this hill, on this day; the most magical London day for me and, I believe, for all.

Cambridge Spring

Sunny, hot, summer-springtime, April in Cambridge. I had forgotten what it felt like to be warm, to walk freely sans rain coat or weighed down by boots and layers. 

So rare, and so wonderful. We had cocktails on the Varsity roof deck to celebrate. 

Horsey Gap

We went to Horsey for the seals, but they didn’t wait for us year – save for a few friendly faces in the water. But the coast – the seasalt, the dunes, the sharp and bitter British wind; the coast was there, waiting, and that was worth the trip.

Cambridge Snow

Living in Cambridge for nearly two and a half years; this is the first time I have ever seen snow. And so much snow! Blanketing the world, bringing everything to a silent stop – even if only a few hours. Then, it was all gone. Every trace. But it was there for a fleeting moment, and it is something that I’ll never forget. 

Caernarfon

 

Caernarfon, a city on the water with a castle, a dragon, and a drawbridge. Quiet and colorful, like something out of a fairytale book. 

We stayed two nights in a small B&B attached to a pub within the old castle walls. It was a quick, slightly last-minute weekend getaway for us from Cambridge, but we’ve both always wanted to visit Snowdonia National Park in Wales, and the timing happened to finally work. With little time to plan, we chose Caernarfon as our base, and we were completely charmed by it – such a lovely place to stay. And the castle! It just happens to be where HRH Prince Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969. We loved exploring it.

In the morning, we ran along the water into the haze without a destination, past cows and boats and camper vans. Both mornings. Those were my favorite moments, the ones where the entire town was asleep and the clouds touched the water. Everything was alive with a story – air, grass, stones, mist. So many details uncaptured on my camera, captured in my memory forever. 

Sandringham


Sandringham Estate, autumnal apple-picking at the orchards of the Queen’s beloved Norfolk country house

This is the first time I’ve ever been apple picking in England; it’s definitely a much different, more organic experience than apple picking in New England where everything is engineered to entertain. There were no cider donuts or hay bales, just apples in a field to be harvested (and noticeably a lot of Americans – do British people not like apple picking? Is this an American thing??). Still, it was a great, seasonal day out from Cambridge for us.

Fun fact: The apples that are harvested from these orchards are used to make the apple juice that is served at Buckingham Palace garden parties throughout the year – the Queen’s apple juice! A few miles down the road back at the house, you can buy bottles of it from the shop at the main estate to bring home. Of course we did that too. Of course, I pretend that I’m a princess every time I drink it. 

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