England '18 | travel

Confession : I am terrible at taking my camera anywhere, or taking pictures/videos of things going on in life. It's big, and I don't want to break it, etc etc.

BUT

 I took it to England and made Andrew carry it everywhere and because I made him carry it he made sure I took pictures! And because I don't post nearly enough on this blog, here is a little peek at our trip!

 

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I love to travel, and having friends living in a different part of the world is always a good reason to go somewhere new! We booked our trip somewhat spontaneously and then bought and closed a house a few weeks later - which also wasn't really planned, but that's another story. We decided to go anyway and had the best time. It was our first 'big' trip together, and our first time in the UK!

 Happy Birthday to me ⬆️

Happy Birthday to me ⬆️

Our second day there was also my birthday(what a coincidence!) so we took the train in to London! I am a big ole Potterhead, so the first stop was Kings Cross Station. We waited in line to take these photos, and while we were waiting I got sorted(Gryffindor, obvs).

It was magical. 

                                                                                                                                                                    (If you were wondering, there is someone there to throw the scarf)

                                                                                                                                                                   (If you were wondering, there is someone there to throw the scarf)

We hit up the British Museum, which is full of cool stuff and also free - bonus

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All I could think of was how someone should get married in this big beautiful lobby 

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We stayed a little north of London, and one very cool thing nearby was Kenilworth Castle- originally built in 1120( so just a few years old)

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we now have more than one picture together, which is nice

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 Happy tourists in a castle ❤️ 

Happy tourists in a castle ❤️ 

 

We hit up Stratford

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ⬆️   RIP Shakespeare

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ⬆️  RIP Shakespeare

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MTV Cribs : Shakespeare edition ⬆️ 
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And went back into London..

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Tip for Budget Tour of London: Just walk by all the cool stuff and take pictures
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PSA : Big Ben will be covered in scaffolding for like the next three years
 Fun Fact : We were in England during the Royal Wedding, it was NOT here(the last one was though!), and we stayed very far away but watched it on TV with a British person which was even better.

Fun Fact : We were in England during the Royal Wedding, it was NOT here(the last one was though!), and we stayed very far away but watched it on TV with a British person which was even better.

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 The other side of Parliment, which isn't under construction

The other side of Parliment, which isn't under construction

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 can you spot the Scottish flag ?

can you spot the Scottish flag ?

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 a man holding a Banana like a gun tried to just casually walk through the gates, nothing happened, but we left just in case

a man holding a Banana like a gun tried to just casually walk through the gates, nothing happened, but we left just in case

 Canadian gate outside the Palace 

Canadian gate outside the Palace 

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                                                                                                                                                             Canadian War Monument in the Park beside Buckingham Palace, the line points to Halifax! 

                                                                                                                                                           Canadian War Monument in the Park beside Buckingham Palace, the line points to Halifax! 

                                                                                                                                                                            London Bridge is falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady

                                                                                                                                                                          London Bridge is falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady

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                                                                                                                               We went to the top of this building (The Shard)              .....             and had this view

                                                                                                                              We went to the top of this building (The Shard)              .....             and had this view

 It took me awhile before I was brave enough to even walk up to the glass 

It took me awhile before I was brave enough to even walk up to the glass 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They said the outfits weren't planned.. but I don't really believe them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       They said the outfits weren't planned.. but I don't really believe them

 ..and here you see a girl with no upper body strength and slippery shoes trying to climb on a statue while people watched(and laughed). Andrew was kind enough to document. 

..and here you see a girl with no upper body strength and slippery shoes trying to climb on a statue while people watched(and laughed). Andrew was kind enough to document. 

 ROAR. I'm a lion.

ROAR. I'm a lion.

We drove for a while and found these big rocks that they charged us to look at

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jokes. Stonehenge was pretty cool, but also not as big as I thought it would be, obviously still very impressive.
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I have to say that the yellow sprinkler(not pictured) watering the grass in the middle of the stones was a bit of a mood killer.

 

We checked out Salisbury and did not get poisoned

and the grand finale...

HARRY POTTER WORLD

warning: SKIP these photos if you plan on visiting HPW yourself because it was all such a magical surprise, or if don't want the magic of Hogwarts dampened. 

 yassssssss.

yassssssss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       so happy

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Yes, I died of happiness a little. 

If you just came here to see the photo of me trying to climb on a lion like a beached whale... you are welcome. 

 

Cheers,

Jourdan

 

 

 

Jourdan MacNeil