I’m traveling through the UK and sharing a few bits and photos from the past few days. It’s gorgeous here and is full on fall and this California girl is loving all of it.
It’s time for the weekend meander with Juliet and Elizabeth!
We flew into London and I’ll share all the details next week or so. I suffered more than usual jet lag and couldn’t sleep the first three nights. I usually don’t have such a hard time.. It did not make London easy. I would recommend bringing melatonin. I took that once traveling years ago and it helped.. You cannot buy it without a prescription in the UK.
Still, I saw the Chanel show at the V&A and it was wonderful…Got to my favorite shops and haunts… We had a fun dinner with our dear friend Emily and her beau at the coolest London restaurant… (I’ll show you next week.)
We made time to see Oxford where we took the train to picked up our car. Oxford was all I dreamed of and more and I can’t wait to share that too..
The Cotswolds are even more sweet and lovely than I remembered when we were here with small kids 20 years ago. I just loved every second there. We also adored historic and medieval York! We also got to Chatsworth House…Something I have always to see since watching the BBC Pride & Predjudice… I have thoughts on it.
The packing less things worked out, but to be honest I should have packed even less. I did end leaving my new wool coat at home and that was a good choice as the trench, raincoat and puffer are more than enough. My sneakers, loafers and boots are great.. and surprisingly the white sneakers are looking good still even in rain and mud..
Now that we are in Scotland, our final leg, we are needing more rain gear, but honestly the rains been off and on and not too bad. It’s a little colder the farther north we go too..
This is my clothes in the closet here in Scotland.. I stayed in the black/tan theme and it’s made it easy..I’ll share the whole list when I get back and what didn’t work and what did.
So far, the highlight of the trip has been Stratford-Upon Avon, York, and the Cotswolds.. We just got to Scotland tonight.
My friend Rosemary lives in Stratford. When we left the Cotswolds to drive to the Derbyshire area, we met for lunch as it’s on the way. She took us the path she walks and that goes through town and along the Avon River which is stunning..
It’s magical with swans and canal boats slowly gliding along here in the sun. Many little pubs and cute places to grab a bit along spots of the river too..
We got lucky the sun came out and we had the loveliest stroll. This town is vibrant and fun with many historic sites to see that relate to Shakespeare as it was his birthplace.. They also have the Royal Shakespeare Company here in a beautiful building along the river, so you can see a show..
One of the joys is just wandering the town and seeing these amazing half-timbered buildings that have been preserved. There are also little markers for buildings that pertain to Shakespeare.. There is more about his birthplace which you can visit, and other Shakepeare spots here..
Rosie and I met on Instagram and both love travel! It’s been years now we have chatted and enjoyed each other’s posts and photos, so to finally meet in person was really sweet. We even got to shop a little and she took me to the White Company, I’ve always wanted to go to..which did not disappoint!
She had made reservations for us at a restaurant called Lambs on Sheep St and Max and I loved it.
Such a cozy vibe and cute spot. I can see why Rosie and her husband choose to live and raise their family here. She can walk to most everything. Great outdoor spaces to enjoy, walking friendly, and culture too.. I am just sad we don’t live closer to each other. Isn’t it wonderful you can make a good friend who lives halfway around the world?
I loved the autumn feeling everywhere…especially in the town of Lower Slaughter which won an award for best kept town..
When I’m back, I’ll share my cute hotels, what we did and how we got around from London, to the Cotswolds, and Derbyshire, York and Edinburgh.. and some cool UK finds for ‘On My Radar.’ I also spotted a supermodel in the Cotswolds.. and we got in a car wreck ( luckily all okay, and not our fault.)…More next week..
I’m also sharing photos as we go on my Instagram…. If you missed any they are saved under my UK Trip story bubble on my bio.
Last week, I shared my final packing list for my fall trip to the UK, and what I took home from the Rails event last Saturday on this post.
So much has been happening in the world and I feel like I’ve been away from a lot of it. Hope you are all taking care,
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