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Remember in August, when I sort of disappeared for a whole month? The hubby and I spent ten of those days in England… and I didn’t even take a single photograph of food. I more than made up for it with hundreds of snapshots of other moments, mostly architecture and English roses.

We spent our first few days in London, wandering through the city, exploring museums, churches (Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral…), and lots of touristy attractions (Big Ben, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London…). We rode a double-decker bus (of course) and even had the chance to experience musical theatre in the West End (Billy Elliot!). My architecture-major heart was full.

Next, we took a train to Oxford, where we walked the entire charming city under grey, drizzly skies – a constant element – and basked in academia. We climbed the winding steps of old cathedrals, whispered our way through the oldest library, elbowed our way through sites from Harry Potter, and sipped warm beer at the bar where President Clinton ‘didn’t’ inhale.

The next morning, we spent a rainy half-day at Blenheim Palace, before heading off to the idyllic countryside of The Cotswolds. We dotted our way through the gorgeous, pastoral landscape, stopping in many of little towns along our way to the perfectly bucolic village of Chipping Campden, our resting spot for the night. Stone walls, thatched roofs, creeping ivy, overflowing English gardens… I was in heaven.

Here’s part one!

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Fancy hotel chandelier… above the service stairs to the lobby restrooms!

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Bronze statue of Tara, the Buddhist goddess, The British Museum.
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Marble statues, the British Museum
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The Marble Arch, London
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Buckingham Palace, through the gates. London

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Big crowds at Buckingham Palace, London
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Victoria Memorial, London
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View of St Paul’s Cathedral, London

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St Paul’s Cathedral
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The London Eye
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Big Ben and Parliament, London

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The River Thames, London
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The Tower Bridge, London
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The Tower of London, from the north bank of the River Thames, with ‘The Shard’ skyscraper beyond.

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A Queen’s Guards sentry outside the Jewel House at the Tower of London.

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The Tower of London
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Oxford, from the top of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

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A shop in Oxford, where I may have purchased a Gryffindor Quidditch team shirt…
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The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
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Hertford Bridge or the Bridge of Sighs, Oxford
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Rare books at the New Bodleian Library, Oxford.

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Peckwater Quad (Dormitories) at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Charming English cottages in Burton-on-the-Water, The Cotswolds.

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Foggy glimpse of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock.
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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

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The Italian Gardens, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock.

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The grounds of Blenheim.

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Grey skies, stone and ivy, Woodstock.

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Cheerful window boxes in The Cotswolds.

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Driving through The Cotswolds.

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Creeping on every country cottage in The Cotswolds.

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More creeping…

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Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds.

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  1. 9.24.15
    Podocarpus said:

    What lovely photos! They’re every bit as delicious as your food photography. Thanks for sharing!

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