Lucky to sneak a break from F&F and tour England with my sisters. We started briefly in London then a couple weeks in Ilfracombe North Devon, hiking and touring the British countryside. We packed it in for two days in London, trying to see things we hadn’t seen before. Sleep deprived but with bellies full of English breakfast, my middle sister and I had hours to kill before checking into our hotel and meeting up with our other sister who arrived later. Here’s my round-up of all things British, starting with a stroll through the parks.
1/Is there anything more British than a horse?
Or, in this case, a horse’s head? Except perhaps another disembodied horse part (I did not go there!).
2/ The Parks
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens definitely make my top five list (along with Central Park in NYC, and Tuileries and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris). They provide a lovely respite from a bustling city. The Brits LOVE their dogs and dog-walking and lounging in rented deck chairs and beautiful gardens and water front areas.
3/The Brits combine modern and old in great style
This was such a lovely surprise as we were trying to find the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.
4/The antique market in Camden
However, I dragged my sister mistakenly to Camden Locks (instead of Camden Passage area). This proved not a bad side trip as a boat passed through the locks while we were there. Overall, Camden Locks seemed very scenic and lively.
Camden Passage area, full of alleyways with antique dealers, did not dissappoint once we finally found it. Loved seeing the ”veddy” British teacups and various tea paraphernalia.
The next day the all things British tour continued in London’s most renowned food market with purveyors of local and international foodstuff, dishware, and other goodies. And, of course, this included visiting a famous cheese monger, as my older sister is a foodie and has obscure knowledge of these things and this storefront, in particular. It was fun to see how the Brits shop and more importantly, what is happening with their “ locavore” scene.
6/Is there anything more quintessentially British than dodging sheep doo-doo whilst hiking pastoral cliffs?
When I say that it’s a landmine out there, I’m not exaggerating. There are animal (sheep, horse, goat) droppings EVERYWHERE. But somehow you overlook this as you gaze at the beautiful scenery and realize that these animals are grass grazing creatures…
7/The areas where we are hiking are primarily part of the National Trust of Britain.
This great English treasure protects and preserves historic buildings, gardens, and coastlines, to name just a few. There are some fascinating tidbits on the website. Meanwhile enjoy the view…
I love the quaintness of the many houses we’ve passed…
Next installment…more about the architecture with a house tour of an old English Manor that belonged to a certain Miss Chichester whose family owned the land for 500 years.