I Finally Left the London Heathrow Airport

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!

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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.

Sandwich Selection Platter1.) Tea Time with Triangle Sandwiches

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.

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From the gardens at The Spa Inn in Tunbridge Wells

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.

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