Three Days in the England

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If you had three days (72 hours) in the UK where would you go? Last year Pretty Handsome Guy and I had this exact dilemna. We had three days to explore London and the surrounding area. It was a whirlwind trip and we walked 10 miles the first day, 8 miles the second and 7 miles the third day. We saw plenty and brought home many pictures and memories.

I was reminded of our trip this week as the world is turning its lens on London for the upcoming Royal wedding. I hope you will enjoy some of the photos from our trip last April.

Warning: This is a photo intensive post, so I promise to keep the chatter to a minimum.

Me in Trafalgar Square with my Starbucks in hand.

Pretty Handsome Guy and I are such American tourists! We HAD to have our Starbucks every morning. Sheesh.

Okay, now that we got our Starbucks confession out of the way…

Tower Bridge over the Thames River

Gnarly trees near Tower of London

Clock Tower (also referred to as Big Ben – although technically Big Ben is the name of the giant bell inside the tower)

One of the towers at Parliament flying the Union Jack

Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace

The winged figure of victory atop Victoria Memorial

The London Eye

The London Eye up close

Parliament and the River Thames at Dusk (taken from the London Eye)

Thames River Reflections after Dark

North Entrance of Westminster Abbey (where William and Kate will tie the knot, but you already knew that.)

Ornate scroll ironwork in Westminster Abbey Courtyard

Speaking of ornate ironwork! A section from gates near Speaker’s corner at Hyde Park

The London Underground aka The Tube

We spent one day in Windsor touring the castle, the town of Windsor and Eton (just across the river from Windsor). I highly recommend taking this day excursion outside of  London!

Windsor Castle in the morning

More views of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle

View of the gardens along the hillside just below the Round Tower

Daffodils lining the hillside

The most amazing architectural ceiling I’ve ever seen!  St. George’s Cathedral at Windsor Castle

Ornamental door hinge at Windsor Castle

Twin doors with beautiful ironwork hinges. Windsor Castle

I fell head over heels in love with many of the doors in Windsor and Eton. Here are just a few more:

I love the color of these doors!

While at Windsor Castle we saw the obligatory changing of the guard. The royal band played a few songs for the queen. It must have been all request day because they played: Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin and Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. I am not kidding! I couldn’t make that up.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled DIY posts on Friday! And I’ll be glued to the telly watching the Royal wedding! Am I the only one old enough to remember watching Charles and Diana’s wedding?

28 replies
  1. Steph
    Steph says:

    What a fun trip! I love the one of your hubby by the fountain. Also, your door pictures are way nicer than the one PB is currently selling for $280! You should totally do a knock off one day when you are slightly less stressed.

  2. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    I remember Charles & Diana’s wedding. The summer after my senior year of college. Was living in at the Sigma Nu (frat house) with a girlfriend. We made all the guys get up with us to watch!!!!

  3. Mandi
    Mandi says:

    Your pictures area amazing!! Thanks for sharing. If you don’t mind my asking, what type of camera & lens did you use for these shots? I’m trying to improve my photography skills and the clarity and saturation that you’ve captured are exactly what I want to be able to do.
    And I too remember Diana & Charles wedding…not very well mind you, but I do remember it 🙂

    • Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)
      Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) says:

      Mandi, well, honestly, those were taken last year with my Kodak point and shoot. I had to do some playing with the saturation and sharpness in Photoshop. Since that trip I purchased a Canon Rebel T1i and I don’t need to do nearly as much photo editing. The camera alone has improved my photography skills immensely!

      • Mandi
        Mandi says:

        Wow…well that is one good point and shoot camera. I absolutely love the one of the London Eye, although the first one of the Victoria Memorial also caught my eye…they are all beautiful. I guess I just need to learn to love Photoshop if I want my photos to look like that. Thanks again for sharing.

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  5. Samantha Dikeolakos
    Samantha Dikeolakos says:

    I would visit family!! Born in England my family moved to the United States because of my dads job at the time. 30+ years later we are still here and I now have a family of my own.

    So if I could go back, I would want to visit all my aunts, uncles and cousins. I would also want to take my children to see Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Warwick Castle, Yorkshire dales, and the list can go on on!

    BTW love your pics!

  6. ColleenwithMurals&More
    ColleenwithMurals&More says:

    No, Sweetie – not only did I watch Di & Charles’ wedding, I spent 3 months in London in 1980. It wasn’t a great trip for a lot of reasons, unfortunately. But you’ve made me think – maybe it’s time to blog about it.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics!

  7. carol ann from camdesign
    carol ann from camdesign says:

    I’ll be glued to the telly watching the Royal wedding too! I took the day off work so I would not miss any part of it…
    I also watched Charles and Diana’s wedding as it happened…
    I saw Diana and Charles years ago in Ottawa, amazing…(on Will’s 1st birthday)
    my hubby was born the day after Charles in 1948…
    my youngest daughter was born a few hours after William (the nurses came in a told me all about it that night)
    I must admit I miss Diana, so wish she could see her little boy get married… the way I see it we are all going to watch for her….

  8. Cherie
    Cherie says:

    I have always wanted to go. My daughters are getting the opportunity to go to Cork, Ireland and London this summer. I am soo envious.
    I remember watching the Royal Wedding between Diana and Prince Charles. Thought it was sooo beautiful back then.

  9. Caitlin
    Caitlin says:

    Wow! All those photos look like they could be postcards! What an amazing trip! I traveled to London for work a number of times but sadly never got to do much exploring 🙁

  10. HudsonHero
    HudsonHero says:

    I did a study abroad trip to England my Senior year in college (University of Herdforshire) and it was amazing. Loved London. Your pictures turned out much better than mine. But the memories are imprinted in my mind.
    I won’t be watching the Royal’s wedding at 4am but can’t wait to see Kate’s dress.

  11. Alice
    Alice says:

    Oh my what beauty you have shared with us. The serious along with the humorous is delightful. The nighttime photos are as beautiful as the daytime ones.Thank you for the glimpse into a part of the world I could never see in person. It is so sweet of you to share such a private time with us. Looking forward to your next vacation photos. Nosey that I am.lol (just a person who is legally blind seeing the world through others)Thanks!

  12. Karen
    Karen says:

    What beautiful photos! I can’t remember if you visited Kew Gardens or not. Definitely a must see (esp.with your photography skills) for you next time.

  13. Pam
    Pam says:

    I remember Princess Diana’s wedding. In fact, we were in London on the day she died. That is soemthing I will never forget. We still have the London Times newspaper that was published that morning saying that she was injured. We were headed to Windsor Castle that day and we still went, but of course it was closed. It was interesting seeing the people coming up to the entrance, not knowing that it was closed because she had died. We even saw the plane fly over that highway that was carrying her body, cars were lined up along side the highway. Sad times, but at least there was a wonderfully happy occasion last week. 🙂

  14. Ali
    Ali says:

    I am just now getting around to reading your post, awesome! I love all the pics. I was fortunate to be able to take a tour of England, Scotland and Wales a few years ago, it was amazing! I loved it! We got to stay in London for 2 or 3 nights. SO fun! Thanks for sharing this post. Mind the Gap 😉


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