A British Fairy Tale
Updated: Jun 16, 2020
Going to England has always been a dream of mine. Between the historic and monumental sights, the everlasting royal presence, and the delightfully charming British accents- England is a place out of a fairy tale.
This past January, Simon and I had the opportunity to travel to England before finishing our travels in Denmark. Though we were only there for three days, Simon and I had an incredible time exploring England, and seeing the different historic and cultural sights.
During our trip, we were fortunate to have been able to stay with friends in Windsor, England. As you may know, Windsor is home to Windsor Castle- the chosen wedding venue for the royal family. This castle is not only the oldest and largest inhibited castle in the world, but it is also Queen Elizabeth II's favorite place to spend her private weekends. I'm with her!
Strolling through the streets of Windsor, it was hard not to see the royal influences spotted throughout the town. Simon and I walked by little shops and pubs like, "The Prince Harry" and "The Duchess of Cambridge." We also saw metal seals on the streets that said, "The Queen's Walkway." It was fantastic. During our walk to the train station, Simon and I came across Bachelor's Acres Park, which had a beautiful display of the Queen and her Corgis. Windsor was everything I imagined England to be, and it did not disappoint!
In addition to our time in Windsor, Simon and I took a 45 minute train into London a few times during our stay in England. Fortunately, many of the main attractions were within walking distance of each other, so that made exploring nice and easy.
We started our tourist-day off with hopes of riding the London Eye; however, our attempts were fruitless as the ferris wheel was under its annual maintenance check. From there, we looked across the River of Thames to see the Palace of Westminster, and of course, Big Ben (which has officially been renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honor of the queen). Of course, Big Ben/the Elizabeth Tower was also undergoing construction, so we weren't able to do further sight-seeing.
From there, we were determined to succeed in our quest to see it all, so we stepped up our tourist-game; we went the first red phone booth that we saw, and snapped some photos!
From there, we went to Buckingham Palace and and snapped some more! We also went to the gift shop on the grounds, and looked at the surplus of tea, corgi memorabilia, and children's books. We even saw one called Katie in London which of course, made me very happy!
If you think I couldn't get any happier with my trip thus far, you'd be mistaken. After our adventures at Buckingham Palace, we went for a stroll in St. James Park. This park, let me tell you, is a place where dreams come true. Everywhere I looked, there was beautiful nature and a cute animal/bird existing in the space. Swans, little birds, squirrels- they all were there! I truly felt like I was Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl as I made my way through this park. It was amazing.
One of the final adventures we had in England was going to the Warner Brothers Studio Tours to see the set of the Harry Potter movies. As Simon and I are such big fans of the series, this experience went above and beyond everything we had hoped for! I will be creating an entirely new blog on this tour, but here is a little photo for now. :)
Overall, our short visit in England left me feeling joyous and inspired. I loved everything about the culture, the history, and the environment of the country. Honestly, I lost track of the number of times I turned to Simon and said, "I would move here in a heartbeat!" This experience was truly a fairy tale for me, and I'm so thankful that I had the chance to travel to England!
For more fun from this trip, please enjoy this vlog I made covering our adventures. :) https://www.katharinehn.com/blog/england-vlog