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London: of craft stores, stately homes and an English summer – part I

London! Europe’s biggest city. Always busy, always worth a journey. My first trip to London was back in 1999. Back then, my English class from grammar school (Gymnasium) decided to go by bus to London for the weekend (when Rainbow Tours still did their bustours to various towns across Europe). It was the funniest journey ever but we didn’t see much of the city. Since then I’ve come back to London several times. On my own, with friends, to visit friends. There are always places I haven’t been to yet, or a play I want to see. This time it was a visit to Highclere Castle in Newbury (an hour or so by train outside of London) that led to the three day short trip to London. Day 1 – arrival, sunshine and craft stores: From Berlin you can take multiple airlines to fly into London. I decided to book a British Airways flight this time because they fly from Berlin Tegel (which is close to where I live) to Heathrow. And Heathrow is super easy to reach by tube (Picadilly Line). For me, this is the easiest and most comfortable way to travel to London. BA also allows you to take two […]

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Getting ready for London

Tomorrow I’m leaving for a short trip to London (and Brighton). Over the past four years, London has become a town I never grow tired of visiting. I usually plan at least one trip every year. Sometimes I meet up with friends who live in and around London. Sometimes I simply go on my own. Because the city is so huge there’s always some places I haven’t been before. Needless to say: each trip requires a bit of planning so I do not end up trying to see too many things at once. (Didn’t do that in May and it ruined my trip a bit because I constantly felt I had done too much and not taken the time to simply relax and enjoy.) For this particular trip – I am travelling with a friend – we have created a pinterest board where we pinned every place, restaurant, sight, shop we would like to visit. Since both of us have been to London several times, we ignore the big sights completely this time. But somehow our pinterest board ended up being overloaded with a lot of ideas! And there is no chance we will actually tick off every single item on our list. So here is what I […]