RTW and Brexit

You know that scene in “The Day After Tomorrow” where the astronauts orbiting the planet can only observe as the world gets buried in snow in a catastrophic weather anomaly? I feel a bit like that. In my case, I am on a 15 months’ around the world tour, looking toward the UK and the…

Visiting Kensington Palace

For my birthday, I wanted to do something special. I was meeting a friend in London and we both enjoy royal intrigue, grand palaces, fashion, tea, scones and bubbly. A day at Kensington Palace ticked all those boxes and is conveniently located near Paddington Station. Kensington Palace is of course the home of William, Kate and…

Visiting Pemberley aka Chatsworth

My post on visiting Downton Abbey, aka Highclere Castle (here) was super popular, so here is some more stately home porn. Chatsworth is one of the most famous houses in the UK, and it was used in the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice to represent Pemberley, Mr Darcy’s home. There’s a moment in…

Visiting Downton Abbey

Reading the Fug Girls’ recaps of Downton Abbey’s last season, and especially the latest episode where Downton opens its doors to regular folk as a fundraiser (read it here, they are hilarious!), reminded me of two great days spent at Highclere, where the show was mostly filmed. So I thought I’d share. The two occasions…

A magical day in Leavesden

  While most of the visitors at the Harry Potter world at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London are families with kids, no one bats an eye seeing a 40-something woman there on her own, with a camera and a look of perpetual delight on her face. I caught up with Harry around the time when the fourth…

UK by train

Traveling by train is wonderful: you see a lot more about the country, there is usually a restaurant carriage, it’s quieter than a plane so you can sleep better if needed, it’s more environmentally friendly and you can cover a lot of ground in a relatively short time.

My most recent trip was from Germany to UK by train, and traveling across the country for two weeks by train and coach. We saw 5000 years of UK history, or 630 km (North-South) and 240 km (East-West) as the crow flies.

In this entry you find some chosen pictures from the holiday and tips about how to plan your travels and how much coaches and trains cost on our trip.