October 28, 2014

Across the Pond

It’s been about 2.5 years since I’ve been back to the UK… real life intervening and all of that. But I decided to bite the bullet, miss a couple of events here and take off for the last week in November and the first week in December in England and Wales. There’s nothing prettier than London dressed for Christmas.

ChristmasOffersFunnily, the last two times I’ve been over, in March and November, it’s snowed.

Right now, I am thinking that I will be in London for the first five days, especially since I’ve had a kind invitation of spending Thanksgiving with some English friends who’ve just moved back from NYC. One day will be spent in Oxford with my cousin, with whom I am close. I am hoping to catch the Horst P. Horst exhibit at the Victoria & Albert with fellow blogger, Coulda Shoulda Woulda. image

No visit to London is complete without spending some time with former blogger, The House of Beauty & Culture, who had one of the most amazing blogs around. He was one of the early ones and whenever I think of the times I’ve spent with him, I just smile!

Heading down to Wales, I will spend time with Andy and his two sons, whom I lived with and am still close to. The boys have grown like weeds and I miss all of them loads. Also in Wales is blog friend Yonks, who I spent time with on my last visit. image

She and her American husband are great fun, and I am hoping that she knows of some auctions that are going on when I am there… or even just a carboot sale, like the weekly one in Splott!

I am also hoping to catch up with my former colleagues at my old school in the Castle!

One thing I am going to try this trip is Air BnB. My sister, who just got back from Belgium and the Netherlands, has had great luck with it, and even rented a houseboat on this last trip to Amsterdam.

Any thoughts where to go and who to see?

18 comments:

  1. Really looking forward to seeing you Meg and if you're available on a Sunday we can go to my regular auction haunt. It never fails to turn up some treasure amid the mountains of boxes :-)
    Di
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    1. That sounds like fun! Just what I want to do!

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  2. Can't wait till your visit Meg! I also miss hobac

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  3. Hello, Meg,
    I just returned last week from a three week vacation in Europe and used airbnb in several countries. All of my experiences were good, some were great. I also recommend uber for short excursions. I used uber for the trip to Heathrow for my return flight and was happy with the price, and with the professionalism of the driver.
    Safe travels.
    NancyO.

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    1. Thanks for the endorsement for AirBnB. My sister has had great luck with them.

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  4. can't wait to see photos + what a wonderful trip.. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  5. Hope you have a wonderful trip! can't wait to hear all about it!

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    1. Thanks! Can't wait to share it with you!

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  6. i am in england now, the fab countryside in dorset. some day i hope to be in london for christmas. enjoy!
    debra

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    1. I have never been in London on Christmas, but have been there many times in the weeks leading up to it. It's always gorgeous.

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  7. How about weather? Will you do better than our usual mid-Atlantic end of the year gloom and doom?

    Sounds like you will have fun regardless!

    Ceci

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    1. The weather is pretty comparable to ours.

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  8. Meg, good for you,and I am jealous! We spent time in London when our daughter lived there but there are still places on the list to see and do - never enough time no matter what. It sounds as though you have a good plan and wonderful stay ahead. Happy travels!

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  9. You know the country way better than I do, so all I have for you is a big wave and wishes for you to have fun!

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  10. Derbyshire, around Chatsworth, Rutland water and particularly the town/ village of Uppingham. The Yorkshire Dales. Anywhere other than London and the Cotswolds!

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    1. Thanks, Zoe! A couple of days in London, a couple in Wales and Oxford. Lots of friends in London whom I want to see!

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