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After a little hiatus from my Travel Series, I am finally continuing it with part 2 of 5: England! In part 1 of my Travel Series, I wrote about my adventures in London while I lived and worked there from 2015-2016. Part 2 is about my adventures outside of city of London (for the most part)! Enjoy!! (Photos were taken with my point-and-shoot camera).
When I was job hopping at the beginning, I found myself working at a hotel in Alresford, Hampshire. Alresford is a small town located outside of a bigger town/city called Winchester. My stay in Alresford was short-lived due to having one of the worst job experiences I had in the U.K. These first two photos of a beautiful tudor-style home with thatched roofing is located alongside the river in Alresford. The rest were taken in Winchester.
At the 13th century Great Hall of Winchester.
Above is a medieval round table which is romantically linked to King Arthur!
Above is the date “1981” along with a “C” hugging a “D”. This was made to symbolize the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana.
The pictures from above are Winchester Cathedral. In this last photo here, you can see darker slate on the floor. These are the burial sites of notable and famous figures. Among them is Jane Austen!
After my week-long stint in Alresford/Winchester, I went to stay with my second-cousin in Southampton, England who graciously put me up for two weeks while I worked on securing my dream pub job in Central London! Southampton has personal family history to me; my Grandmother was born there and, like I mentioned, I have cousins there still! Southampton is also where Titanic set off on her maiden voyage to America back in 1912. Being a huge fan of the movie and history of Titanic, I just had to go to the museum!
A memorial to the engineer officers of Titanic.
The Titanic museum.
The Bargate of Southampton – dates back to 1180!
These horses are in New Forest National Park just outside of Southampton. They are “wild” and roam free!
During one of the weeks I was in Southampton, I discovered that I wasn’t too far from the famous Stonehenge. Just a train and a bus ride away! I took the train from Southampton to Salisbury, and then hopped on the Stonehenge bus! I remember it being very windy and cold; something I did not dress properly for! If you ever get to England, please make Stonehenge a priority. I will say I probably won’t go again (because the admission fee is ridiculous), but it was definitely something I don’t regret doing!
This was only a weekend trip from London, but Brighton was such a surprising gem! Although I had heard amazing things about Brighton, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I can still hear the sound the water makes as it hits the pebbled shore-line and recedes back into the sea…
View of the arcade/pier from my hostel room.
The Royal Pavilion: It is a Grade 1 listed former Royal residence.
The skeleton of West Pier that partially collapsed in 2002 and burnt down in 2003.
I was in chocolate lover heaven when I stumbled upon Choccywoccydoodah!
While it’s technically a part of London, I thought Kew Gardens better fit in with the “Outside of London” theme!
I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing some of my England adventures! This travel series will continue next month where I share my Scotland adventures! When I go back to England (which I am in October!!!) what do you think I should do/see my second time around? Let me know below in the comments!
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