Cornwall

For the early summer May bank holiday weekend, Jess, Elisa and I decided to head to Cornwall for a very English weekend by the seaside. After a very early start and long drive, we made it to the seaside town of Padstow for lunch. After Fish and Chips and pint, we were off to explore the seaside town. After a short wander, we made a healing for the beach to dip our toes in the sea. This was my first encounter with the sea in over a year and we were three very happy sea babies on that beach. After an ice cream by the cute little harbour and picking up supplies we made out way to our glamping campsite. Our yurt was pretty cool, and outside was the perfect spot for a dinner of wine and cheese. 

After a delicious breakfast thanks to chef Elisa, we made our way to Polzeath beach, one of the better beaches in the area. It was already full of brits making the most of the sun, which unfortunately didn’t look like it would last long. Our next stop was Tintagel, to check out the castle and unknown to us, also Merlin cave! This was another very cute village, punched up on the ridge, and the walk down to the beach and cave was ok, but back up was another story. 

After our last night in the yurt, our departing mission before driving back to London was to have ourselves a clotted cream. This is a local dish of tea, scones, jam and clotted cream. Obviously very unhealthy, but also very delicious. We also grabbed real Cornish pasties on our way out, and these were absolutely delicious. 

Photo credit to the fab Elisa for the GoPro photos. Check out https://quarterlifewhatblog.wordpress.com/

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English Adventures: Cambridge and Birmingham

Over the last week I’ve made two day trips to explore more of England. I went up to Cambridge with Sophia and Joe to visit Rhi, and also up to Birmingham to visit Elisa. 

Cambridge was a lovely, relaxing Sunday, including roast lunch, wandering, punting and beer. 

The day I picked to go to Birmingham was the day Storm Doris hit. Managed to avoid the rail chaos however almost got blown away. Again this was a pretty relaxed day of exploring a new city.

Here’s a selection of photos from my days out, enjoy!

Some fancy doors

Kings College, University of Cambridge 

Corpus Christi College

Kings College from the Cam

Swan buddy

St Johns College

Punting fun!

Bridge of Sighs

Duck friend

Birmingham Back to Backs

Birmingham Museum

Birmingham Town Hall

St Phillip’s Cathedral

Canal Boats

Canals!

Gin of course

Canal exploring

The best Chinese in Brum

Saint Martin in the Bullring


Commuter chaos post Storm Doris

Weekend in the Nooowwrrff

This past weekend, I made the train journey north to Manchester to visit my pseudo cousin Charlie and catch up with my friends Will and Kate. As this was my first intra-city train journey, I found it far more amusing and exciting than any of my other fellow passengers. I may or may not have spent more than half the journey staring out the window, taking photos and enjoying passing the quaint English villages and countryside. 


On arrival in Manchester I was met by Charlie, and after taking the scenic route home via the Quays, Salford and Old Trafford, it was off to bed. 

Saturday I was up early, and met Will and Kate for my first ever Full English complete with Buck’s Fizz before our walking tour of Manchester. Manchester has such a rich and interesting history, from the cotton trade, the industrial revolution and trade unionist action. The city was even bombed by the Irish Republican Army in the 1990’s, although no one was injured or killed.  Learning more about the history of Manchester on our walking tour was great, and made all the more interesting by fact the that Manchester was hosting Comicon. So many Captain Americas and Pikachus!

Manchester Central Library and the Old Post Office

Manchester Town Hall

St Ann’s Churst and some old dude.

After the walking tour, Will, Kate and I enjoyed some cider in the sun, before parting ways. 

I continued my self-led tour of Manchester by avoiding the sales and shops, and venturing to the beautiful Manchester Cathedral. On the way I spotted the Manchester working bees, symbols of the many workers of the industrial revolution. I also made my way to the beautiful neo-gothic John Rylands Library. 

The beeeeeeeees 🐝🐝🐝🐝

The beautiful Cathedral.

Stained glass windows in the Cathedral


The John Rylands Library

Pretty grand reading room!

Afterwards, it was time for a quick nap and dinner out Charlie, her partner James and his sister Vanessa. James and Vanessa are from north of Manchester and I absolutely loved their Noooowwrrrfffen accents. I still can’t get over how many different and varied accents there are in England, it’s fantastic. 

Sunday was classic bacon butties for breakfast before heading to Liverpewl for the day. It was such a perfect day for it, so sunny and quite warm. After wandering around the docks, we did an open top bus tour. More wandering and a stop off at the Everton shop finished the day before the journey back to Manchester and then London.

The Pumphouse at Albert Dock.

Outside the Beatles Museum with Charlie. Didn’t go in, saving that for next time! 

Found the yellow submarine!

Open top bus tour with Charlie, Vanessa and James.

Padlocks at the dock. Most of these were tributes to loved ones lost. 

Loving being back in a port city with the sea air

The Royal Liver Building


Me and me meeeytes, the Beatles. I will be back Liverpool!

Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor

A new weekend, a new trip and new places to see and explore. This last weekend, my Flatmate Sophie from back home was in the vicinity, so we made planned ourselves a little weekend road trip. After a stressful mission to pic up our hire car and then Sophie from Gatwick, we were off to Stonehenge. What an amazing place, with such as interesting history stretching back 5000 years to the first work happening at Stonehenge. It really is worth more than ‘stopping in the highway to take pictures’ as a friend of mine claimed.

After Stonehenge we took the scenic route to Bath. This took us through several adorable English villages which were all very quaint and picturesque. As we wound our way through the country lanes, we soon came out into Valley of the Avon River, looking over to Bath. As a world heritage site, Bath really is quite beautiful with all its matching pale yellow terraced buildings and houses. Are a drive around, we checked in and went for a walk to Royal Cresent and the Circle. On our way back through the city a summer storm hit bath, and we were forced to shelter under my umbrella and some trees from the hail and rain. It did clear however, which let us head out for a drink and dinner before an early bedtime. Sunday we were up and off to the Roman Baths. These were much more than I was expecting, with a full exhibit detailing the Roman way of life in Bath and how to Baths and associated temple were built and used everyday. Right beside the Roman Baths is the beautiful Bath Abbey, which had it’s bells chiming as we explored the main pool of the Baths. This made for quite a magical experience. 

After a touch of shopping it was time to make our way back to London Gatwick for Sophie to make Her flight to Norway, but first we had to visit the Queen at Windsor. The town and castle were beautiful and quite stunning and the state apartments full of beautiful art and artefacts. We finished off our weekend with with a tradition Sunday roast complete with our first ever Yorkshire puddings!

Shock and awe at Stonehenge


A storm brewing over Royal Cresent in Bath

We must have hail for a true English Summer

Bath Abbey

The Romans Baths with the Abbey bells chiming in the background

Everyone knows how much I love a good bath


Flowers outside Windsor Castle

Visiting Lizzie at Windsor!


Traditional Sunday Roast