I’ve technically been to London six times… that’s if you count how many times I’ve flown through London Heathrow. Honestly, before a couple months ago, I never set foot out of airport. But during this last round to Europe, I actually left the airport for my first time! I mean, there are plenty of fun activities in the London Heathrow Airport, but to leave and officially be in England was a rewarding experience. There’s several convenient and inexpensive ways to leave the airport and explore, one of them being the Heathrow Express. I was impressed with how nice public transportation was. Unlike in Philadelphia, the train was very prompt, clean, quite and fast. All things I would expect from a train!
I ventured out of London to a relaxing spa town called Tunbridge Wells. There, I stayed at the Spa Inn which was situated amongst rolling hills and peaceful gardens. It was a pleasant visit. I didn’t get to explore England too much. I was only there on business and it was the late fall meaning the sun set way earlier than I was used to. But here are a few quirky, charming things that I found unique about England during my short visit.
Triangle sandwiches make tea time in England adorable! Sandwich platters also offer a lot of variety to the table with crazy creations like cucumber sandwiches, salmon finger sandwiches and savory-sweet ham finger sandwiches. I guess what I appreciate most is the creativity behind the recipes as well as the attention to detail when it comes to the presentation. It brings a hint of tradition to the tea time ritual.
2.) Cute Gardens
Well groomed gardens are all over the place. I enjoy that people tend to their yards. They surely are a nice way to unwind.
3.) Driving on the Other Side of the Road
I’ll never get over that. It almost feels like a roller coaster, sitting in what would be the driver’s seat in America and then speeding through the windy cobblestone streets.
4.) SCHOOL UNIFORMS!
So charming! Nuff Said.