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London: Revisited

London: Revisited

En route from Loch Lomond to London, we decided to make one last stop along the way to further break up the drive. We stopped for just a day in the Peak District, figuring at best we’d have a day to maybe get in one last hike, and at worst, we’d end up with a rainy day to catch up on some photos, writing, and holiday shopping. Well, we finally ended up with the latter (probably about time we got…

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Behind the Blog

Behind the Blog

As we prepare to bid farewell to Europe after nearly five months – and, sadly, prepare to wrap up our year on the road in general – it’s time for one last edition of ‘Behind the Blog.’ For you dedicated readers, our European tour has led us through 24 more countries and resulted in another 51 blog entries. My ‘Travel’ folder and its accumulation of effusive Word documents is beginning to look scarily similar to my ‘Dissertation’ folder on my…

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Fast Facts: Ireland & U.K.

Fast Facts: Ireland & U.K.

WHAT WE DID: Traveled for 44 days around the U.K. and Ireland. Stayed in rooms (self-contained unit) booked through AirBnB. Rented a car in Ireland for 12 days (following a 2-day stay in Dublin), then a second car in the U.K. for three weeks (22 days). Our basic itinerary: London, England (5 nights) Transit – train from London to Holyhead, Wales; ferry from Holyhead to Dublin, Ireland Dublin (2 nights) Cork (1 night) Sneem (3 nights) Miltown (1 night) Headford…

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Penny & Me

Penny & Me

Well, it’s been another six weeks of sightseeing for the penny, who’s, after more than eleven months on the road, become really quite fond of eschewing the hustle and bustle of everyday life for some laid-back travel, photography, and outdoor adventure. The copper currency’s great escape continued through northern Europe, with a late-autumn tour around Ireland and the U.K. After crossing the Strait of Dover via the Channel Tunnel, as well as crossing an item off its life list, the…

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Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

As we journeyed through northern England, from the Lake District en route to Edinburgh, we decided to pause for the afternoon to enjoy a walk along a section of Hadrian’s Wall. Built under the direction of the Roman Emperor Hadrian around 122 A.D., the military fortification was intended to prevent ‘barbarians’ from the north from entering Britannia (Roman Britain). Originally stretching 118 kilometers (80 Roman miles; 73 standard miles) from northern England’s east to west coasts, the wall boasted some…

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Lakeland

Lakeland

I actually knew nothing of Lake District National Park (also known as Lakeland) prior to Jenn suggesting we spend a few nights there. She’s usually pretty reliable for making good choices about how we spend our time, though (see also: this entire freakin’ trip), so I dug up a great looking farmhouse in the middle of nowhere and booked us several nights. Farmhouses have inevitably been our some of our favorite accommodations on this trip, and I’m always a little…

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge

About 90 miles southwest of London stands the famous prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. Though the stone circle is the most well-known monument in the area, the history of the area is actually far more substantial than just the visible rocks. More than 4,000 years prior to any construction within the circle of Stonehenge, there exists evidence of the area being used for spiritual or burial purposes. Large wooden poles stood in the area during the Mesolithic period, and leading up…

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London

London

Consistently at or near the top of the ‘world’s most visited cities’ list (England’s capital has hosted some 20 million visitors this year), London is renowned not only for its iconic landmarks, but also for offering a veritable melting pot of different cultures and cuisines, with seemingly something for everyone. After arriving via the Channel Tunnel from Brussels, we found ourselves at a sleek, modern loft in Brixton, an up-and-coming neighborhood in south London with a somewhat industrial feel, a…

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