Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Canterbury.

This is basically just going to be a photodump because I am too lazy to actually write much of what happened.

We went to some ruins that we were grossly disrespectful of and we got reprimanded later. But we have all been cooped up reading the Black Death for too long so we couldn't help it.



I am also the worst student ever and can not remember the name of this ruins place. But I think it was an abbey once....




Most beautiful picture of Eliza I have ever seen.
"Wait....?" (EH you know the rest of the question)

Then we went to the actual city of Canterbury. It was really nice and quaint. And we had some cheeseburgers that probably gave us some sort of disease.


Canterbury Cathedral was really beautiful. Nice Gothic architecture.





That is really all I have to say about that.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dover.

I was excited to go to Dover because lets just say that the last time I was there we did not have the best experience ever...if you were there you will know what I mean....
This time it was much better and I actually enjoyed it!


We started off by going to the beach. Who would have ever thought going to the beach in January in England woud be a good idea? No one. It was freezing! We stood there for about 10 minutes just taking pictures an such but we were all shivering by the time we got back to the bus...or atleast I was.

Cool rocks instead of sand.

At least it was really beautiful to make up for the frigid temperatures.



Our next stop was Dover Castle.


Lets be honest, I really love all castles but this wasn't my favorite one ever. It was interesting but it was mostly for defense so the interior wasn't as impressive as some of the others. It kind of reminded me of the Tower of London.


I love the clouds in the background!




Ivy was really happy...

Although I didn't love it. I will admit that it had some amazing views!





I don't really have much else to say about Dover. It is a nice little town and if you get a chance you should visit it but I wouldn't say it was the most exciting place of my life...except for the holgrams. Those were interesting to say the least.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Randy.

Here are some random (aka randy) things that we have done lately. They are all too insignificant to merit their own post so they are combined into one.

There was some random holiday called Burns Day. It is to celebrate Robert Burns (a Scottish writer). We made it out to be a huge deal and apparently it is in Scotland but we obviously are not in Scotland. So people ended up going all around the city to try and celebrate but most failed miserably.

But there was a bagpipe player.


We went on one of our last walks and we saw the Hyde Park Chapel. It is a pretty significant landmark for the church here. I am not exactly sure why but I know it is. But it is under construction right now so we can't even see inside.


Just a Rolls Royce in a random alley. Quite common here actually.


The V&A. I can not wait to go there! Apparently it is a great museum and we all know how much I love Victoria and Albert....


Natural History Museum. Seriously the largest building I have seen in the city. It was huge! And had some seriously sick architecture.




Royal School of Organists. Funny story, they don't even have an organ. They have to go to the Hyde Park Chapel to practice. Way to go Mormons!


Other side of Royal Albert Hall. Why must everything be under construction???


Random church we encountered. We were just walking down the street and ta da! There was a church in a courtyard. I think they call this "Temple". Mostly because it is by the Temple tube stop...


Bourough Market is the place to go on the weekends. But only go if you are not enormously hungry. Because I was and it was killer. All of the food there looks spectacular...except the Turkish Delight/goo that one of the vendors basically forced down my throat.

Me and Ivy went for a "hot dog" but really it was a sausage with caramelized onions. It was so heavenly. But beware of the spicy mustard. It is a killer.


Well there you have it. Some randy adventures.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chipotle.

As I have previously mentioned... we are really adventurous eaters...not. We eat at like the same two restaurants always. But we didn't even go for a British restaurant this time.


Yes we did go on two different tube lines and walked for five minutes to find Chipotle. That is how desperate we were for food we recognized.


It was so worth it. Every bite was heaven sent. Yum yum yum.

Then we went on two more trains to get Ben's Cookies. Those cookies must have some sort of drugs in them because we want them every day and when we go people can not resist buying like 4 at a time.


We eat at Nando's a lot. It is really good Portuguese food. (Thanks for the suggestion Spencer!)

Not the best picture but I promise it is good.

The food here is killing me. There is too mush good food to eat I can hardly stand it. Everywhere we walk we see a place we want to try. Most people think the British have bad food but if you eat at like a cafe or an Indian restaurant it is to die for. Maybe it is good because it isn't traditional English food?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hampton.

We went to Hampton Court. It was where Henry VIII lived and had all his issues.


It was freezing!!! None of us were prepared for how cold it was going to be. I was just wearing a short sleeved shirt and my coat but I definitely needed to be wearing like 50 sweaters. Really cold!!!


Random goat statue
As always something was closed. In this case the the Great Hall was closed and that was fairly disappointing. We toured all of the royal apartments and the kitchens. The kitchens were apparently the highlight but I think we were all underwhelmed.

Cool model shot.


The palace was cool but I think the highlight of Hampton Court is the gardens. It was so cold that we didn't want to spend too much time outside but we did walk through quite a bit of it.




There is a maze that you can go through but I didn't want to pay 4 pounds to go through a maze that was smaller than my backyard (granted I have a fairly large backyard...). So we skipped that and then we walked towards the river and figured we could get back into the gardens but we got stuck outside the gates.


But the gardens were still pretty...


And to finish it off here is another great picture of me and Ivy.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Premiere.

After a pretty long day I was tired and not wanting to do kitchen duty so me and Ivy found the perfect excuse to get out of it. a movie premiere. With none other than Daniel Radcliff attending!!!!

The movie was called "The Woman in Black".  I had never even heard of it but after seeing the trailer and hearing people talk about it I am dying to see it. It looks really good. But super terrifying.


We got there a few hours early and we watched them set up the whole red carpet. They were not kidding around here.


It got pretty boring at one point so we started trying to entertain ourselves. Shelby quickly found something to think about...the shoes of the interviewer. She literally talked about those shoes for like an hour.


Finally stars starting arriving!! Granted we didn't know who any of them were but they were stars none the less. And we mostly saw their backs....


The lady in black plays the woman in black...who would
have thought?


Lovin his shoes/socks

What the pants???

Random guy that signed Shelby's book

Love her hair and her dress and her.

Then the real star of the show arrived. Mr Harry Potter himself!!!

At first he was just surrounded by handlers.

Then we caught a few glimpses

He signed some autographs right by us

But walked away...

To stand in the view of the paparazzi.
And the other cameras.

And take some group shots.

Then get interviewed.
 But never fear. After all of that he came back and chatted with pretty much everyone. He was so nice and sweet I was amazed. I have never been the biggest fan of him but my appreciation for him has literally increased 100 fold. He was so nice and seemed genuinely interested in making sure everyone that wanted to see him got to see him.



Look how great his tie was!!!

Shelby even got her very own autograph. I was so jelly that I didn't have anything for him to sign. I contemplated having him sign the 10 pound note I had but I figured his signature wasn't worth that much to me.


 And last but certainly not least. This is probably my favorite picture of the whole trip. I mean look at that attitude she has haha.


Oh and a special little bonus Shelby was looking up news articles about the premiere and found one at The Daily Mail and guess who just happened to be in the background of some of the pictures...

Look over the guys shoulder and you can see Ivy, Shelby, and then
half of my head.