Sep 11 2014
Hi, friends! I'm excited to share another special edition Where Are They Now? with you today. This one comes from Sarah-Lambert of Pen, Lens, and Paintbrush, who recounts her recent adventures in England:
Cousteau joined my little band of totems in summer 2013 just before I moved from the US of A to Germany. He came with a card saying that he had the spirit of exploration which couldn’t have been more perfect for me!
Recently, he and I traveled to England along with my husband, two of my sisters, and a friend. We only had a few days, but packed them ridiculously full trying to see everything we could in London, taking a bus ride out to Stonehenge, and exploring the beautiful town of Bath.
For the first two days we wandered all over London seeing the Globe, British Museum (which was hot as Hades and super stuffy with no AC in the July weather), platform 9 3/4, 221B Baker Street, the original Beatles fan store, crossed the street at the famous Abbey Road crossing, crossed Millennium and Tower bridges, heard the chimes of Big Ben, saw the Kensington Gardens Peter Pan statue, walked all through Hyde Park, saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and ate fish and chips and Cornish pasties. It was a jam packed couple of days!
On the third day, we raced over to Victoria Coach Station to catch a morning bus out to Stonehenge and Bath. I’d been once several years before, but going this time was even more of a treat. The visitor center at Stonehenge—which used to be literally under the highway right up against the site—is now a mile away with a café and little museum. Being a bit further gives a great benefit: one can either walk to the stones through the burrows (ancient burial mounds) on the plain, or you can take a little bus straight out to the stones. We were a bit short on time, unfortunately, so we bused instead of walking. It was breathtaking all the same. I’ve heard people say before that it’s an overrated place and “isn’t as big” as they thought it would be. I absolutely, completely disagree. Stonehenge is a fascinating, beautiful place, and the site is so much more than just the stone circle. If you have time, I’d recommend walking from the visitor center and getting a real feel for approaching this ancient place on foot. I’m only sorry I couldn’t on this trip.
After Stonehenge, we piled back onto our bus and took off for an afternoon in Bath. Ah, beautiful Bath. Most people seem to love it, and it does have it’s own beauty, but I’m with Jane Austen on this one: I’m not a big fan of Bath. Although, I’m the only one in my group who wasn’t enchanted by the town. The Roman baths and pump house there are a lot of fun and definitely well worth seeing. My younger sisters loved exploring it and tasting the pump water. Even Cousteau got out for a little view of the water. Although the baths had been in use for many centuries, the water is now strictly off limits as it still passes through the original lead pipes and has been found to carry Naegleria fowleri, a brain eating amoeba—eww.
Our last day was spent visiting the National Gallery and St. Paul’s Cathedral which climbed to the top to get a last, amazing bird-eye view of the city before hopping on the train and heading back home to Germany.
I think Cousteau is a fan of Cornish pasties, so we’ll definitely be back in the near future.
Reading this really makes me want to go for a little adventure with my own little Sea Elf, Abu! In case you missed it, Sarah-Lambert also shared a great post a couple of months ago of her adventures in Switzerland with her sparkly blue Sea Elf, Glanz. If you'd like to read through more of Sarah-Lambert's adventures, she's always sharing a unique perspective on her blog, Pen, Lens, and Paintbrush. :)
Feeling adventurous? Pick up a Sea Elf of your own and set foot! Then share your story with me, and I'll share it here. Remember... you don't have to go far for an adventure.
Happy Thursday, everyone!