A whirlwind tour of the UK

I used to say I had been to the UK, but it was kind of a lie. I went to London for a week when I was 15, with my family, and I don’t remember much beyond visiting Harrods and Buckingham Palace. This time, however, the goal was to see a little more of the UK than I had before, so after leaving Edinburgh, we hit up the insanely picturesque town of York.
We saw this cute little church on the edge of town…
and the impressive York Minister.IMG_6782
Plus I had to regress about 10 years and take a picture of the donut cart (we didn’t try one…)
After York, we took the train to London, which I’m convinced is the greatest city in the world. (Okay, I’ve probably said that about at least a dozen cities, but now I really mean it) I was a little too preoccupied by drinking pints to take as many pictures as I should have, but I did get a picture of this superb fig and almond tart.
Later, walking in Notting Hill, we ran across Hummingbird Bakery. I had seen the cookbook in a few bookstores, and I really have a hard time resisting cupcakes, so we went in.
I ordered the green tea cupcake, which was really a chocolate cupcake with overly sweet matcha-flavored frosting, and it was a disappointment. Bummer.
The only pub I managed to get a picture of (but NOT the only pub we went to!) was the Ship Tavern, which is right around the corner from the Holborn tube stop. It was Friday, right after work, so the place was packed, but a lot of fun.
On our last day in London, we stopped in at Al Arez on Edgeware Road, and had some of the best Lebanese food I’ve ever had. The mezze was divine, with grape leaves, hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghannouj, and some little filled savory pastries.
After London, we got on another train through Wales, or, the country with the longest city names in the world.
Mike got a pint of Brains in a little pub in Holyhead.
Then, it was time to get on a ferry to Dublin! Stay tuned…


2 Responses to “A whirlwind tour of the UK”

  1. 1 Erin May 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! We wanted to get to York, but we were too busy loving London 🙂 Next time…

  2. 2 Colleen May 26, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I spent a semester in London and love everything about it (well, except maybe the food!). I am jealous you got to go there, even if it was only for a short time!

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