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Channeling Harry Potter at Oxford’s Christ Church College

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by .


As a rather UK-obsessed person (shocking, I know - you had no idea, right!), it’s only normal that this level of obsession also covers iconic British things, such as tea, Arctic Monkeys, Kate Middleton, Colin Firth, Union Jacks and such. Oh and Harry Potter. Especially Harry Potter! The carefully constructed world of the young wizard takes [...]

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Discovering Shakespeare Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 by .


Visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace was something I have wanted to do for a long time, but never got around to do (you’d think a year in the UK would have given me ample time, but I guess I got sidetracked). Needless to say I was extremely looking forward to this stop on our daytrip, and I [...]

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Traditional English Afternoon Tea at Radisson Blu

Posted on 21. Mar, 2012 by .


One of the items in my ever-growing bucket list was to have a taste of the famous English afternoon tea for myself. Even after living in London for a year and visiting several times, I never actually got the opportunity to try it. So needless to say that when Radisson Blu Hotels offered me a [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Quirky and Funny Shoreditch, London

Posted on 19. Mar, 2012 by .


One of main reasons why I love London, is because of its eclecticism. Nothing is alike, everything is different and yet harmonious. Even though my absolute favorite neighborhood is Camden, I have come to discover the beautifully strange Shoreditch, next to Liverpool Street Station. The area has undergone major revitalization in the past few years and has now [...]

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A Wax Figures and Peacocks Day at Warwick Castle

Posted on 16. Mar, 2012 by .


When Grayline invited me on their Oxford, Stratford and Warwick tour, I knew I was in for a treat. I was especially looking forward to Warwick Castle, who has the reputation of being one of the best castles in the UK. I couldn’t wait to find out if it was true! The first part of [...]

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Walking Along the Thames, a Photo Essay

Posted on 14. Mar, 2012 by .


While some people think that London isn’t a walkable city, I like to think the opposite. I do love a bus ride here and there, but I truly feel most comfortable on my own two feet, my earphones blasting Arctic Monkeys and my camera always ready to snap.  And during my last trip to London, [...]

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Where to Stay in London: Tune Hotels

Posted on 13. Mar, 2012 by .


During my recent stay in London, I had the chance  to be invited by Tune Hotels, a hotel chain that recently opened two locations in London: one in Westminster, and another near Liverpool Street. While both are ideal base for those who wish to be in London for the Olympics or Reading Festival, I stayed at the [...]

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The Four Seasons of Hyde Park

Posted on 15. Feb, 2012 by .


There are very little things that I love more than strolling in London’s Hyde Park. Not only is it in my favorite city in the world (although there are some things to beware), but it also happens to be a very pretty park, so big and calm that it makes it actually hard to believe [...]

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My Hyde Park Mishap

Posted on 03. Feb, 2012 by .


I’ll remember this day forever, and for many reasons. Not only had I just spent a lovely morning exploring the market on the iconic Portobello Road, I also happened to get the surprise of my life in the form of an engagement ring in Hyde Park. This day couldn’t get any better, right? No. It [...]

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I Love London, a Photo Essay

Posted on 27. Jan, 2012 by .


To say that I love London is a slight understatement, and definitely not a secret.  Throughout the last 4 years, I lived in the city for 10 months and visited 4 times, and took a massive amount of pictures of everything I liked about the city. The incoherent architecture. The quirky shops. The green spaces. The [...]

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The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour in Liverpool

Posted on 25. Jan, 2012 by .


As a child who grew up surrounded with 60s music and Beatles fans, it was only natural that the main reason why I wanted to visit Liverpool was to experience the famous Beatles Magical Mystery Tour in Liverpool. I had a whole day planned out to explore Liverpool, but then my train got delayed and I ended up [...]

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Wintry Cotswolds, a Photo Essay

Posted on 16. Jan, 2012 by .


The Cotswolds are probably what represents the English countryside at its best. Green rolling hills. Stone-built houses. Historical villages. Warm, welcoming people. Stately homes. Luxuriant gardens. Got the picture alright? Yes, the Cotswolds are a little English paradise and I absolutely loved my visit there. The Royalist Hotel, in Stow-on-the-Wold, is apparently the oldest inn [...]

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Best Cupcakes in London: The Rundown

Posted on 13. Jan, 2012 by .


If you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for everything sugary. Ice cream. Candy. Cake. Nougat. Bring it on! So when I’m in London, the mother of all foodie cities, I know I’m in for a treat. Especially cupcakes wise. There are hundreds of cupcake shops scattered around the city, some good, some not [...]

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Stonehenge: Ancient Rocks, Motorways and Velvet Ropes

Posted on 04. Jan, 2012 by .


Visiting Stonehenge is a bit of a mandatory step when visiting the UK for the first time. With such a mystique, intricate history, it attracts more than 800,000 visitors per year, some of which with high expectations. Those people will definitely be disappointed. Early morning at Stonehenge Stonehenge itself isn’t bad - the sheer fact that these rocks were [...]

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Snowy London, a Photo Essay

Posted on 02. Jan, 2012 by .


When I was in London, two years ago, something unusual happened. The city shut down. People retreated to their warm, cozy living rooms. Public transportation stopped operating. Shops closed for a few days. Snow was slowly taking over London, paralyzing its core. And so I did just what any Canadian would do. I took a walk in [...]

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