Well, if there's anything an insecure teenager loves--it's moving to a different country, skipping her first year of high school to attend an all-girls' English school (complete with uniform!), leaving all friends and living in a cold, damp climate for 12 months. Woohoo!
It turned out to be a very amazing experience, of course, and truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And ever since we returned to the States...I have been dying to return.
Brad at the Tower of London
A year ago this week, my dream finally came true. Brad and I ditched the kids with Nana, boarded a flight to Gatwick and had a fantastic British getaway!Since the gab blog was not even a twinkle in my eye back then, I decided to post my favorite photos and relive a wonderful vacation.
We spent the first days in London and loved the energy of the city. Did all the touristy things, saw Wicked in the West End, ate fish & chips, rode the Tube everywhere.
Then we traveled 2 hours north to York, the beautiful walled city where our family lived all those years ago.
Mom, Dad, me & Pete at the University of York
Here we met up with my parents, my brother, Pete, & sister, Amy, and their spouses for a few days. It was fun to see our old house, schools and shops. We loved eating Cornish pasties and all the delicious English sweets, visiting old friends and meeting at Betty's Tea Shop every evening for dinner!
Dad's 60th birthday inspired the trip and he was great at showing us all the historical sites. We went to an evening service at the York Minster (below)...very beautiful. Then birthday cake at Betty's!
The remainder of our trip was spent in the Cotswolds at an old, very, very out-of-the-way inn called The Falkland Arms in Oxfordshire. It was really the middle of nowhere. But, when you're with the love of your life (and no kids...), who really cares where you are?!
Great memories...wish I was there right now!