I enjoyed several scones, biscuits, croissants and Welsh Cakes. If you’ve never had a Welsh Cake, it’s similar to a scone – typically round, flat, sweet, a little dense but very tender, usually dotted with dried fruit. I have a similar recipe on the blog – in my family we call them “Gold Rush Griddle Cakes” because that’s what the SunMaid Raisin folks called them. Give ’em a try or find an exact Welsh Cake recipe – you’re sure to enjoy them!
We spent two days in Wales (Paddington Station to Abergavenny, one of the most charming places you’ll ever see) visiting an extended family member. Honestly, half my pictures were taken there – it was THAT beautiful. Here’s a glimpse of mountains (with little Gypsy in the foreground) and a walk in Brecon Beacons National Park.
If that’s not enough beauty for you, check out this rainbow taken from our cottage window one morning:
On the drive back to London, we roamed Oxford University, which has churned out brilliant minds for almost 1000 years. The immense golden stone buildings, ironwork and cobbled streets were simply beautiful. Here we are at Radcliffe Camera, in the heart of the city:
Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the home to the Dukes of Marlborough. Its history, Baroque architecture, and formal gardens make it a must-see.
Finally, any post about London wouldn’t be complete without a shot of London Bridge, so here it is, all lit up.
Love seeing your adventures! Grateful to be able to spend some time with hug in London too ❤️❤️
It was such a lovely trip, and I’m so happy we were able to catch up. Glad your life in London is fun and exciting 🙂
Fabulous! You’ll have to tell me more about dining in the dark!
It was really interesting! Looking forward to sharing 🙂
Looks like you had a fabulous trip with lots of delicious bites!
It was wonderful – I’m so glad I went!
Wonderful post, so glad you had such a marvelous time with your dear family members.
London and European travel is so rewarding. It was so nice to see you Friday.
So nice to see you, Janice. This really was a wonderful trip and it makes me want to do more European travel 🙂
What a lovely trip for you Nicole, gorgeous photos! I too loved the violets, and the view from your cottage, just breathtaking. All of it so memorable.
I thought of your garden while roaming some cottage gardens in Wales – so many different flowers and flowering shrubs, mixed colors, and lots of pollinators. It was a great trip – I’m so glad I went!
What a lovely trip! Spectacular photos! The dark dining experience is so intriguing. I’d be game but I bet I’d make a mess. Glad you visited Dickens and Darwin. I love a full English breakfast so much, but a bite or two of black pudding is plenty enough for me (Toby devours the rest). Thanks for whisking me away to London!
Thank you Danielle! I’m sure you’d enjoy that ‘dark dining’ experience – it’s humbling, for sure, but a great learning experience. And I’m with you – one or two bites of that black pudding was plenty for me 🙂
You lucky dog you! Visiting London is on my top 10 things to do on my bucket list and from the photos you posted it just may have been bumped up to a new top 5 bucket list that I need to create. I’m glad to see you’re back… I’ve missed you and your delicious blog!
I hope you move it up on your bucket list! London is an amazing place (and you don’t need to brush up on another language before going!). Thanks for keeping up with my blog, Joe 🙂
Beautiful photos!! There wasn’t a place or delicious looking food I didn’t like. Especially loved the violets. You’re all beautiful. Happy you had such a lovely time.
I especially loved the violets, too! Don’t see them in FL. It was a wonderful trip and a great experience 🙂
Nicole, it is great have you back. We have missed your blogs. The photos of your trip are wonderful. I plan a trip to Scotland next year where Clan Graham originated. I may have to make a stopover in London.
Thanks for being such a loyal follower, Tim 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it. How exciting to go to Scotland – I look forward to seeing photos of that trip!
Gorgeous photos, Nicole! I really enjoyed seeing them and reading about your trip. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! My brother and sister-in-law lived in Oxford for two years back in the late 1980s (he got his Masters degree at Oxford), and I visited England and Wales at that time. There is so much more I’d like to see, though. And Wales! It felt like home to me (my ancestors on my dad’s side are from there, so perhaps that’s why). Your photos of Wales — especially the one with the rainbow — are breathtaking! Thanks so much for sharing this post.
Thanks Amy – glad you enjoyed my mini-trip! Like you, there were many places I wanted to see, but time ran out. Wales is an absolutely lovely place, and I wouldn’t mind living there!