Here's another installment of my great adventure through Europe this summer!
I was stoked to go to England. And I was not disappointed! As I was getting off the Eurotrain, I bumped into an Englishman. He just said "Sorry!" in his adorable English way, and then "Cheers!" As he walked away. IT WAS THE CUTEST THING. Not a bad first impression, I'd say! It was a breath of fresh air after the less-than-friendly locals I'd encountered in other countries. I guess it helps when you speak the language.
Suddenly, I could read everything! I could understand what people were saying! It was a glorious feeling. And what a charming place it was.
Hyde Park was lovely ^^
Obviously we went to the British Museum. Boy, did that have some priceless treasures! Some of my favorites were the Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs and the Parthenon sculptures, of course. Look at that drapery!! I couldn't believe it was stone.
One night I decided to go to a pub, and I loved it. I had some fish and chips (okay, really not that great) and I LOVED the atmosphere. So many young people just chillin. That's something I could definitely get into. And the bartenders were nice enough to let me photograph them, but then made me get in for a shot as well, haha.
Me and my buddy Shelbs wanted to go see a play at the Globe, so we headed over there one evening, got our tickets, and then (since she hadn't had any yet) got some fish and chips. We got standing tickets in the theater for only five pounds. Although my feet were killing me after another full day of walking, it was VERY worth it. Shakespeare, when done well, is one of my favorite things. And this was done PHENOMENALLY. (Go figure)
One of my favorite things about traveling around was hearing all the street musicians. They have the ability to completely change the atmosphere of a place. This guy's soulful, folksy sound made me so warm and happy inside. Goodness I want to live here.
We took a day to visit a few sites outside of London- Stonehenge, Salisbury, and Stourhead. The English countryside is breathtaking. I have a mini dream of living out there one day.
Salisbury Cathedral was so unique. The inside was dark, richly colored in contrasting values. It made the interior look so dynamic. I loved it, especially the unique stained glass windows!
Next we went to Stourhead, an estate made to look like a picturesque landscape painting. I'd say they succeeded. It was beautiful, peaceful and quiet. I love the style of English gardens: well maintained but still free and natural.
One of my favorite things to do in new cities is to go dancing. I think it's the best way to experience culture first-hand, and make new friends! London's blues scene is incredible, and I had a blast dancing with these guys in a pub to a live band. I could get used to this!
Well, the short time we had in England was not enough for me. I will have to come back!
Next stop: Slovenia!