The day after our whirlwind tour of the Tower of London and Kensington Palace, we took the train to the other side of the city to visit Hampton Court Palace. I’d had been particularly looking forward to seeing the massive Tudor beauty! Originally consisting of out buildings which were part of the Hampton manor, purchased […]


Here we are, a full FIVE months after I returned from the UK. Before you get angry at the screeching halt put to the completion of my blog series about my Open Palace Program trip, understand that I was not out having fun and frolicking in the autumn sun. The last few months were spent […]

Our second (and last) free day while in London during the Open Palace Programme, a few of the other young ladies and I rode the train about an hour outside the city to the small town of Bletchley. Just a quick walk from the train station is where the famous Bletchley Park (or as it […]

To start the third and last week of the Open Palace Programme, we were given a free Saturday and Sunday in London to do as we pleased. A few of the ladies I had been hanging out with during the tour were meeting up with friends in London for the day, so I ventured off […]

While at Stowe, we spent one afternoon away from the estate in the nearby city of Oxford. Of course, while the city is famous for its university (the oldest in the English-speaking world), there are also fabulous museums as well. As we only had a few hours in the city, I’ll just give a quick […]

If you have read my previous post about the Stowe Landscape Gardens, you will already know what an interesting and history-packed place Stowe is. The same is true for the house, of course! Of the four nights we spent at Stowe, two of the days were devoted to discussions, a tour, and workshops revolving around […]

To begin, I would like to mention that this post is dedicated to my grandfather, who passed away quite suddenly this week. He was arguably the biggest fan of my blog. Most of my posting was done with him in mind, as a means of sharing my photos and adventures with him. In addition, most […]

After one week of the Open Palace Programme, including four days in Bath, two days in Brighton and a bit of transit, it was once again time to pack up and explore somewhere new. Monday morning everyone climbed onto the coach bus and we traveled for around an hour to the Jane Austen House in […]

Our second day in Brighton was our first free day of the OPP trip. The morning started off with an early stroll down to the beach, to dip our toes in the ocean and walk along the pier. The afternoon was spent wandering Brighton’s famous Laines, where street upon narrow street affords some of the […]

Saturday July 13th was our first full day in Brighton. A few of us took an early morning walk down to the beach to get the blood flowing and soak up the sea breeze. After returning back to the house, just a short time later we joined the whole group to walk to the Royal […]