Trip to England / Spring 2016

 

The kids had been asking us to take them to Europe for a long time, and we finally planned a trip to England where I lived for a total of five and a half years (three as a child, and the rest as a graduate student).

We left last Friday night and came back this Friday night. It was a short trip, but I'm really glad we did this. The kids are growing up fast. I didn't want to realize a few years from now that we'd missed the opportunity to travel as a family. 

Here are some photos from the trip. 

The bookstore, Foyles, on Tottenham Court Road. The first place we visited in London by bookworm T's request. 

The bookstore, Foyles, on Tottenham Court Road. The first place we visited in London by bookworm T's request. 

Marylebone High Street which is full of stylish boutiques and restaurants. 5 minute walk from where I used to live as a kid.

Marylebone High Street which is full of stylish boutiques and restaurants. 5 minute walk from where I used to live as a kid.

Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street is an absolutely gorgeous bookstore. Books organized by geography.

Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street is an absolutely gorgeous bookstore. Books organized by geography.

Interior of Daunt Books

Interior of Daunt Books

The Apple Market in Covent Garden had all sorts of crafts and antiques. T bought a hand-crafted miniature guitar. 

The Apple Market in Covent Garden had all sorts of crafts and antiques. T bought a hand-crafted miniature guitar. 

Inside Liberty of London on Regent St. I was looking forward to buying some fabric but ended up just browsing. Liberty lawn is delicate and beautiful but not sturdy enough for what I make.  

Inside Liberty of London on Regent St. I was looking forward to buying some fabric but ended up just browsing. Liberty lawn is delicate and beautiful but not sturdy enough for what I make.  

A narrow street in Cambridge. 

A narrow street in Cambridge. 

The first thing I saw in Cambridge was CallyCo, an adorable fabric shop in the town center. Bought a meter of canvas print.

The first thing I saw in Cambridge was CallyCo, an adorable fabric shop in the town center. Bought a meter of canvas print.

Senate House Passage in Cambridge

Senate House Passage in Cambridge

An old house in Godstone, Surrey. 

An old house in Godstone, Surrey. 

Mustard flowers at peak bloom in the Cotswolds.

Mustard flowers at peak bloom in the Cotswolds.

We spent a night in the tiny village of Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds. There were hardly any tourists and the village was so tranquil. Kids kept saying how this must be the "Shire". 

We spent a night in the tiny village of Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds. There were hardly any tourists and the village was so tranquil. Kids kept saying how this must be the "Shire". 

The Great Hall in Christ Church College, Oxford. 

The Great Hall in Christ Church College, Oxford. 

Inside the Christ Church Chapel.

Inside the Christ Church Chapel.

My dorm on Winchester Road! 

My dorm on Winchester Road! 

Bath at dusk.

Bath at dusk.

The facade of Bath Abbey was golden in the twilight. 

The facade of Bath Abbey was golden in the twilight. 

Bath, town center

Bath, town center

Bath Abbey in the morning

Bath Abbey in the morning

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths