2017 UK Travel Bits.

I may have spent more time than usual on a plane, but I also spent more time than usual outside of London, and discovering the beauties of Britain.

CLAPHAM COMMON

The year was full of many Saturday (and some Sunday) morning walks to, around and from Clapham Common. Known for its beautiful open green spaces, and home of numerous wildlife, I can see more walks here in the upcoming year.

RICHMOND PARK

The year started beautifully with this fun early morning trip to Ricmond Park to watch the sun rise. It was such a beautiful, breathtaking and freezing experience, and what made it all the more fun was spending it with two of my best friends that I’ve known since birth. The three of us also embarked on many fun trips in the year, all of which will you’ll be seeing later on in this post!

HARRY POTTER WORLD

Quite possibly one of the funniest and funnest days I had this year, our trip to the Harry Potter Studios (with my two aforementioned friends) was definitely one for the books. To say it was fun experiencing the films we had grown up watching, loving and memorising all the lines, is a big understatement. Following the fun day I was filled with such an ambitious and excited spirit, that I swear I’d never felt such an energy inside me before. I had never felt more motivated to do great things and to achieve and fulfil every single one of my wildest dreams in my whole entire life.

WINCHESTER

I returned to my old stomping ground during the summer and for some reason it had a totally different feel from when I was last here. It was lovely reuniting with my best friend from my uni days and exploring some of our old haunts together, while having a good old gossip, natch!

BOTANICAL GARDENS, BIRMINGHAM

At this rate I feel like I could easily move to Birmingham and not have much trouble there (I’m kidding, but you never know…). My sister and I visited the Botanical Gardens had a great time taking pictures, joking around and discovering a whole new side to Birmingham. As we’ve been there a few times together and enjoyed ourselves, I’m sure this trip won’t be our last one to the incredible city.

CHICHESTER

One of those trips where you wonder what planet you’re living on and what the hell runs through the mind of people, this was probably the only day trip I did not actively play a part in organising (or wanting to go on) but what can you do. Anyway, to make the most of the day, I explored around the cathedral a little bit and took in the clear sunny skies.

PETERSHAM NURSERIES, RICHMOND

The fun and boiling August bank holiday weekend was spent hanging out in Richmond with some of my old work friends. We wandered around Richmond Park, ate some good food, enjoyed great conversation, all whilst managing to survive the hot weather.

THE NEW FOREST

I’ve been to the New Forest once in my life. I was eight or nine and in primary when I visited and fell in love the place for the first time. Lucky for me, my best friend from uni just so happens to live there, so I went down and visited her in late September. It was just as lovely and beautiful as it had been when I was younger (if not more so), but only issue was that it had taken me about six years to actually get down to visit her in the first place. Bad friend, I know.

BOX HILL

Though the pictures would lead you to believe otherwise, this day was particularly warm and beautiful. The pictures would also lead you to believe that the day was a relaxing one, but oh no, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact the day was something of a workout. From climbing over one hundred steep steps, to trying not to slip on the stone slabs, to laughing so much I thought my stomach would tear, I’m pretty sure I burned over a billion calories this day.

And there we have it: my travels of 2017. Here’s to even more adventure and journeying in 2018. Happy New Year’s Eve!

alice

xo

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Teal Dreams.

This playsuit has fast become my favourite. It’s soft, feels great and looks fab for any and all occasions. I got it from ASOS a while back in teal, black and white (all of which you’ve seen before on the blog), and kind of wish it came in more colours. Anyway, Monday saw me leave London for a few days and head back to Winchester to visit Beth, and to try and put the house into something resembling order before the end of our tenancy next week. This playsuit was the perfect thing to wear in the heat and for the journey, as well as just lounging around the house.

Teal Dreams

Teal Dreams

Playsuit: ASOS; Sneakers: Superga

Teal Dreams

Teal Dreams

Teal Dreams

I found that the teal playsuit works so well for daytime casual wear, whereas the black and white playsuits are better suited for occasions.

alice

xo

American Museum, Bath.

Last Thursday I ventured east with my American Studies class to Bath, to visit its American museum.

American Museum, Bath

We started pretty early, even though the coach was a bit late, which meant having to walk to the university in the frosty cold. I think the scenery made waking up so early bearable.

American Museum, Bath

Soon we were off on the road and headed to Bath. The ride was fairly eventful (to be anyway), and I was more than delighted when we passed a variety of different farm animals. We passed everything from pigs, sheep, goats, horses and cows! I’d like to point out now that a few of these cows were sitting down – and we all know that means (if you don’t, then look it up).

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

After about an hour and a half of driving, we finally arrived at the American museum, where we were split into smaller groups for a guided tour of the museum. It was so fascinating and so interesting hearing all the detail behind some of the exhibitions. When the tour was finished, it was time for lunch.

American Museum, Bath

Once we were done with lunch, we were let loose to explore the museum and surrounding grounds by ourselves.

such a stunning view!

such a stunning view!

We started in the Folk Art Gallery that was filled with some interesting portraits and some equally interesting ornaments.

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

Then we started from the entrance of the museum and wandered through a cool passageway with rustic brickwork and illuminated pictures.

American Museum, Bath

I think the lower level, which housed the Native Americans was one of my favourites.

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

Pocahontas

American Museum, Bath

We stopped for a second in the part dedicated to African Americans and slavery. I was particularly impressed with this quilt. We were told that every few months, a priest would visit the plantations and marry, baptise and bless the slaves. Upon his arrival, he would be gifted with a quilt, hand stitched by the “indoor slaves”, and would sleep with it during his stay; then when he left, he’d return it to the lady of the house, who would then give it to the slaves. We were also told that this quilt was probably not used by the slaves as it was in such pristine condition.

American Museum, Bath

it could also have possibly been used in the Underground Railroad

I fell in love with this portrait of Mrs Carwright, the mother of one of the founders of the museum. I loved her intricately drawn pearls, and the way the red of her nails and lips, as well as the green from her emeralds stood out from the picture.

American Museum, Bath

And these dresses were also pretty killer too! I wouldn’t mind wearing one of this.

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

We then passed through another room, Conkey’s Tavern, which was beautifully adorned with fake food that looked REALLY life-like.

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

The hallways, corridors and landings were equally decorated and in the magical Christmas spirit.

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

We went through quite a few parlours, and it was interesting to see how the upper classes in America would have relaxed back in the seventeenth century.

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

The museum was littered with lots of stunning art work.

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

My ULTIMATE favourite room in the whole museum had to be the New Orleans Bedroom. Furnished with the most gorgeous bed I think I’ve EVER seen, and decorated with such sexy wallpaper, I think I was in heaven. You could definitely feel the mix of vibes, being in the dirty south alongside the gentility of French sophistication. This is how I’m going to style my future bedroom.

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

When had looked around the museum, Carys and I made a stop in the gift shop, and I have to say I am so proud of myself for not buying anything… but it was REALLY hard. After our whistle-stop in the shop, we went to look around the Christmas market.

I was most fascinated by all the maps of the world and it was hard not to laugh at some of the interpretations of what the earth looked like.

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

American Museum, Bath

Obviously I had to get a picture of the zodiac. I’m obsessed with astrology.

American Museum, Bath

It wasn’t long before had had our fill of the museum and went to the café to rest up until it was time to leave.

After what felt like a lifetime, it was time to return to the university, but not before a bit of drama! As I mentioned earlier, we passed some sitting cows on our way to the museum. If you know your animal trivia, then you’ll know that when cows sit down, it means that it’s going to rain. On our way back, it started raining and the driver started having some trouble with the windscreen wipers, meaning we had to pull over TWICE, and that it took even longer to get back. Luckily we jumped onto a new coach and made it back in no time.

American Museum, Bath

stopping in the dark rain

I wasn't particularly very happy about having to stop

I wasn’t particularly very happy about having to stop

Even though it was such a tiring day, it was so much fun and I can definitely see myself returning. If you’re ever in Bath, then please go and explore!

alice

xo