England

We stopped in York for just a short while on our way to Scotland. I’d wanted to see the Castle of York for years – located in the northern part of England, it was an especially important castle to hold in order to protect England’s interests in the north and is mentioned repeatedly throughout history.

Imagine my surprise then to arrive and learn the castle is no longer standing…

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Oh, London.

A little backstory: I first visited London over ten years ago when I was living in Spain for my college junior year abroad. My good friend, Iris, and I were lucky enough to spend the six weeks between semesters backpacking around Europe including five days in London over New Year’s. While I recall being impressed with the city’s sites and culture, its expensive prices and horrible winter weather left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth that lasted over a decade.

Only in the last six months, when daydreaming about this trip, did I finally come back around to giving the city another shot.

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I only spent a day and night in Windsor en route from Bath to London but am so glad I did!

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Bath; vaguely planned months ago as the first stop on my round-the-world trip, the extent of my knowledge of Bath was limited to the frequent references Jane Austen makes of it in her novels. Believing the baths to be similar to the pseudo-ancient Sutro Bath Ruins in San Francisco, I didn’t appreciate until arriving that this was actually an ancient city with history dating back almost 2000 years!

The Roman Baths (shown below) are one of Europe’s best preserved sites dating back to 70 AD.

Immediately upon arriving I understood why this entire city has been listed as a World Heritage Site.

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