Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Cotwolds

Our second day in Bath we took a full day tour to see the Cotwolds. The Cotwolds are composed of several little villages set in the hills of England. We stopped in five of the towns, and drove through several others. They are the most beautiful and charming little villages. They have the picturesque cottages, that Joey and I instantly fell in love with, and also the beautiful countryside. Joey is convinced that one day we will buy one of the cottages, and I would be totally fine with it! The towns are so historic, beautiful and they really are incredible. It was so much fun and we were both in heaven.

I think the pictures can do a better job describing this place then I can!!

This is our tour guide, Charles. He is the nicest guy ever!

They used this house in the filming of Harry Potter.
This is Lily and James's house. Love it!!

Prince Charles has an estate in the Cotwolds that we drove by, where they mainly spend their weekends. This is the store that Prince Charles owns in town. It's a little overpriced, but all the proceeds go to charity.

Joey's favorite!

We had such a fun time visiting the Cotswolds, and we fell in love with its charm. Hopefully some day we'll be able to go back!!

Love you all! XOXO!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bath and Stonehenge

For our last weekend getaway, Joey and I spent a few days in Bath. We decided to go on a tour of Stonehenge, and also a tour to go see the Cotwolds. It was such a fun weekend, and we instantly fell in love with both places.

We went to Stonehenge, and I'll be honest, I don't understand this place. How the freak did those rocks get there, and why?? It's quite a site to see, but it just seems so random to me.
I don't get it, but it's very cool!

These are the only rocks that you can actually touch at Stonehenge. There is a path around the entire structure and so you can't even get up close to see really see it.

So we arrived in Bath in the morning and had a very short amount of time before we had to catch our tour. We walked around the little town and saw some fun things. And then after our tour, we walked around the town again and grabbed some dinner and had a grand old time. It's such a cute little city!

We went and saw Jane Austen's home where she lived when she wrote some of her masterpieces. I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite stories, and of course Joey has never seen the movie. Not good. We'll take care of that very shortly!
Just playing cricket on nearby field. So great!

The Crescent
So after our Stonehenge tour and our walk around Bath, we spent the night there and woke up early the next morning for our tour of the Cotswolds. I'll post about the Cotswolds later because that place deserves a post on its own. But we had such a wonderful time and really enjoyed seeing the beautiful scenery and one of the most historic sites in England.
Love you all!! XOXO!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Harry Potter Premiere and Abbey Road

If any of you know me well at all, you know that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I have been since day one when the first book was released. And I know I've said that we have had a lot of "highlights" on this trip, but this definitely tops the charts. I was so star struck, but at the same time, I feel like I got to see my buddies Ron, Hermione, and Harry. It was incredible!! The premiere took place in Trafalgar Square, and it was insane. I've never seen so many people in one place in my life. Being the diehard fans that we are, we stood there for 2 1/2 hours just so we could catch a glimpse of our favs. It was so fun, and I'm glad we got to do this, especially since this is the last movie of the series. The end of an era!!!

Trafalgar Square where the premiere was.

One gazillion people were there

That's Draco Malfoy, and Dumbledore. Unfortunately they all had their backs to us when they were being interviewed, but when they walked up on the red carpet, they were facing us so at least we got to see that. I'll look at their backsides anytime :)

Hermione Granger. She is adorable. I wish I could just keep her and put her in my pocket.

There he is. Harry Potter!! JK Rowlings came up on stage with him too and it was so cute because they seemed like the best of friends.

Bellatrix Lestrange. We weren't quite sure what she was wearing on her head, she has an interesting fashion sense. BUT... Best. Villian. Ever.

Such a fun afternoon, and as I said, I totally feel like I can die happy now, because I got to see the entire cast of Harry Potter. So dang incredible. I am so sad that it is all coming to an end, but we are super excited to see the final movie this week. We can't wait!!!

We also went to the famous Abbey Road, which is mostly known for the Beatles. We went by their studio where "all the magic happened" and it was fun to walk where the Beatles once walked.

Best shot of about 50. It's harder to do then you think!!

The whole street is lined with these white walls that people have left notes, mostly to do with the Beatles... either writing song lyrics and/or showing their love for the Beatles.

Only a few more days of fun adventures. We can't believe how close we are to coming home. This trip has flown by, and we've been able to do so many fun things. We excited for the last week here, and we are so excited to see Katy this weekend. YAY!! Love you all! XOXO!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mind the Gap

We only have 2 weeks left here in London, so we are doing everything we can to squeeze in what we have left to do. So we've been pretty busy lately... here are a few things we've been up to...

We went to the Museum of London which was actually pretty fascinating. It took us through the history of London and we loved learning about the city we have grown to love.

We took a little day trip to Greenwich village with Emi to see the prime meridian. There's a great view of the city, and it was fun to see where 0 degree longitude is.

We did the best we could to celebrate independence day here in London. We didn't have fireworks, or the shnazzy bbq, or even get to hang out with our friends and family, but we still had a grand ol' time.

George Washington statue in Trafalgar Square. Very 4th of July-ish.

Then we went and got an all American burger. The biggest and best we could find.
They were delicious!!

We went on a walk later that night, dressed in our red, white, and blue and got popsicles, which made us think of independence day.


We went to the Imperial War Museum which actually was fascinating. The Holocaust exhibit was incredible, but left me feeling really sad. Such a sad part of history.

This trip to London would not have been complete had we not gone to see Les Miserables. Joey and I both LOVE this show and so of course we had to go. We love the music, we love the story, we love everything about it. We sat pretty close to the very back row, but it didn't matter, we loved every minute of it!!

Two weeks from today, we come home, which is totally nuts. I can't believe how quickly our time here has past. We have had so much fun here, and we still have a few more things we want to do. We love London and we've loved our time here together. We miss you all, and we will see you soon!! XOXO!!