To the Lakes

Anglotopia Day 10 – From the Peak District to the Lake District via Manchester Picadilly  After three quiet days in Bonsall, the time came for us to leave – and let the missing spider enjoy his solitude until the next unsuspecting guests arrived. I was dropped off at Manchester-Picadilly train station to catch an afternoon…

The perils of an old cottage

A side story. We were bundled up against the creeping chill of a rainy English day, watching a film called The Woman in Gold, when, out of the corner of my eye, I first saw the Beast of Bonsall. It was the sort of creature from a horror movie. It was large, dark, and had long, spindly legs…

I mistook it for first seeing his grounds at Pemberley

Anglotopia Day 8 – Peak District & Chatsworth House “Nature and culture in harmony, you see, Lizzy. Wildness and artifice .. and all in one perfect county.” – Mr. Gardiner, Pride and Prejudice Why the tiny town of Bonsall, do you ask? First off, the town was situated near the Peak District, and it was a…

The wuthering heights of Yorkshire

Anglotopia Day 7 – Drive from Edinburgh to Haworth to the edge of the Peaks “Come, walk with me” We used to love on winter nights To wander through the snow; Can we not woo back old delights? The clouds rush dark and wild They fleck with shade our mountain heights The same as long…

The landscape with the quiet of the sky

Anglotopia Day 6 – Stirling Castle and St. Andrews I stood quietly at the water’s ledge, listening to the incoherent murmurs of university-age couples on the rocks as the sea tried its best to grab at my feet and invite me in. The tide was low, and a few people ventured out to explore the tide…

“I need tea.”

Anglotopia Day 5 – Edinburgh (Brexit vote day) Many windows in Edinburgh sported the “Vote Remain” sign. “Vote Remain” against the looming Brexit polling day. When we woke that morning however, my British friend came into the living room, looked at me because we had both seen the “Yes, Brexit” vote, and said, quite tiredly,…

A red bus, castle, and haggis

Anglotopia Day 4 – Edinburgh For this post, I am mostly going to share photographs from our day taking the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus around Edinburgh. I generally frowned on these sort of expensive tourist traps, but to be honest, they are a great way to see a city in a short period of time, to orient…

Rent-a-kilts and grave robbers

London/Edinburgh Day 3 – Afternoon – Exploring Edinburgh’s streets Arrival in Edinburgh entailed me trying to contact my friend I was meeting there, as she had our rental car and was parked somewhere near Waverley Station on Market Street. Of course, I started walking up from the station, only to realize that I was on…

Accio Train Station! to Platform 9 3/4

London/Edinburgh Day 3 – Morning – Train to Edinburgh It was time to bid farewell to London, at least for now. I made my way to King’s Cross Station via the Tube relatively early in the morning to catch a train up to Edinburgh. And, as any self-respecting Harry Potter fan had to do, I…

Art and an American diner in London

London Day 2 – Afternoon – V & A Museum Travel Tip #4 – The Victoria and Albert Museum is another great free museum in London. Reserve about 3 hours or more to visit a lot of its rich exhibits and get a feel for its collection. Special exhibits are paid, so if something catches…

Off with yer heads

London Day 2 – Morning – Tower of London England travel tip #3: Purchase your Tower of London ticket ahead of time. It saves getting caught in long queues. You will get more time to fangirl over everything you learned in The Tudors if you do. Plan to spend at least 3-4 hours there exploring the grounds…

An amusing incident with a kebab

London Day 1  – afternoon – Portobello Road and Notting Hill  Travel Tip #2: If you are into history or literature (or knowing about famous inventors, politicians, and scientists),  download the Blue Plaques for London app. It tells you what historic houses or sites are around, and many of them are places where famous authors, scientists,…