England Day 8, London, part 2

England Day 8, London, part 2

Back to our day wandering London. By this time we were needing food, so we ducked into a pub. Elena of course had a big poop and there were no changing tables so I changed her on the floor of the bathroom. :-/ Worked out ok. I had fish and chips which was just so-so. Doug had a pot pie … Continue Reading →


England Day 8: London, part 1

England Day 8: London, part 1

Our 8th and last full day in England had us in London – and we had the whole day to explore. We knew we’d be getting just the highlights and had already accepted that we would be missing a ton of stuff. (I really wanted to do the Tower of London, but they suggest getting there firs thing, and our … Continue Reading →


England Day 7: Abbey Road

England Day 7: Abbey Road

So obviously, as someone who is a big Beatles fan, one of my life goals was to disrupt traffic to get my photo taken crossing Abbey Road. So I can now tick that of the bucket list. AND, I had warned my mom that we’d be doing this so she could watch on the webcam, but then things got hectic … Continue Reading →


England Day 7: London, Kings Cross and the British Museum

England Day 7: London, Kings Cross and the British Museum

On Day 7 of our trip, we woke up to rain in Liverpool. We had plenty of time to get a cab to the train station… but then the taxi we had the hotel call for us was teeny-tiny. We had become accustomed to the big black cabs – so note that if you need one of them, ask for … Continue Reading →


England Day 6: So much Beatles, part 2

England Day 6: So much Beatles, part 2

After our fish & chips lunch, we hustled back over the Albert Dock for our second Beatle tour of the day. We didn’t have a lot of time in Liverpool – if we’d had more, I would have scheduled the Beatle tours on different days. It was a lot to ask of a baby. But, we had exactly one full … Continue Reading →


England Day 5: Liverpool, part 2

England Day 5: Liverpool, part 2

On our first day in Liverpool, we hit a John and Yoko exhibit at the Museum of Liverpool, thanks to a rec from a friend. They had all kinds of special memorabilia, some of which I never expected to see. The exhibit was definitely way Yoko-heavy, but she curated it, so there you go. So, John met Yoko, at the … Continue Reading →


England Day 5: Liverpool, part 1

England Day 5: Liverpool, part 1

After the Harry Potter exhibit, Jasmin dropped us at our hotel, which was walking distance to the Watford Junction train station, and we had to stay goodbye. She was an awesome host, and I very much enjoyed her cosy little apartment and getting to spend time with her – and seeing her and her namesake together. We crashed at the … Continue Reading →


England Day 4: Harry Potter Studio Tour, part 2

England Day 4: Harry Potter Studio Tour, part 2

Here’s Part 2 of the Harry Potter Studio tour – some of the outdoor stuff! It was here that we took some of my favorite pictures, so I’m just gonna lead with those. They had the covered bridge from the movies – obviously it wasn’t high up in the air, but right on the ground. It’s really ornate though, and … Continue Reading →


England: Day 4, Bletchley Park

On our fourth day, we started the day with a little Moana. Then we got dressed and hung out with Auntie Jasmin: And then we headed to nearby… Bletchley Park! Bletchley Park is, of course, the secret complex where British WWII codebreaking took place. Alan Turing was one of the main geniuses behind so much of it and then he … Continue Reading →


England: Day 3, Oxford, part 2

One of my fav books is The Royal We, written by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (the FUG girls). It’s basically RPF (real person fic) of Kate and Wills, except it’s Bex (an American!) and Nick, and how they fall in love when she’s an Oxford exchange student. It’s remarkably well researched for such a thinly veiled story. They made … Continue Reading →


England Day 3: Oxford, part 1 1

England Day 3: Oxford, part 1

On our 3rd day in England, we headed to Oxford for the day. We had a car, but you can’t easily drive into Oxford and park there, but there are park and ride lots, so we just parked there and and hopped a bus into town. Easy! Fortunately we had Jasmin there to help us figure it all out. Here’s … Continue Reading →


England Day 2: Blenheim Palace

England Day 2: Blenheim Palace

Our second day in England, we woke up, gave peanut a bottle and got some snuggles in. Jasmin’s pull out couch was actually really comfortable, and we slept well. After breakfast, we headed out to Blenheim Palace. It is, I believe, the only non royal palace in England. The land was gifted to the Duke of Marlborough and both Princess … Continue Reading →