England trip: success. My sister and I managed to navigate our way through the southern bits of Britain and saw London and Cornwall in our 10 day adventure.
London pt.1 : We had a pretty bumpy first couple of hours in London, but things quickly turned around and we were able to see an amazing play, spend time with friends from home, eat some AMAZING (but not British) food and explore central London.
Cornwall : Hands down one of the most beautiful places I have been. Who knew England had such a beautiful coastline? This excursion was certainly not the easiest as Brittany had to tackle driving in England, but it was WELL worth it. Stonehenge was on the way, so we of course had to stop there and it didn’t disappoint. After Stonehenge we arrived at the Jurassic Coast (Durdle Door) and were completely blown away. This was quite a bit out of the way, but it was 100% worth the drive.
After Durdle door we made our way to Penzance. This little town was cute, but a little too quiet after coming from the hustle and bustle of London. We established that we could have stayed a little less far into the peninsula and would have been just as content. This location was good for seeing all of the tourist attractions in Cornwall (St. Ives, Lands End, Minack Theatre, etc.) but we actually found that some of the less-advertised spots were our favorite. Kynance Cove (below) was equally as impressive at Durdle Door.
Following our stay in Penzance we headed to Newquay (below), which is a small surfing town on the northern coast of Cornwall. This little town had a neat feel to it and also had very accessible public beaches. We weren’t here for long, so we didn’t get to enjoy the beaches but it was a nice little place to stay after exploring Tintagel Castle — King Arthur’s alleged birthplace (below).
Once we miraculously returned the rental car without a scratch we headed back to London and went straight to the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour. 11 year old Jessica was dying inside with excitement knowing that I was walking into the very building(s) where some of my favorite movies/books were brought to life.
For the last weekend we stayed in a neat little area in Chelsea. This area was exactly what I had always imagined London to look like. We were a 10-minute walk from Hyde Park and Kensington, which was perfect for a relaxing weekend of pub hopping and enjoying some tea in the sun.
This trip was unlike any trip I have been on, but also one of the greatest trips I have been on. I highly recommend visiting England and hope to return in the future.