While it’s often said that London is the perfect international hub for hopping around Europe, I think many travelers take for granted how many wonderful UK destinations are a relatively short train ride away. Inspired to see more of this beautiful country that I now call home, I recently took a daytrip to Bath.
Just 1.5 hours by train from London’s Paddington Station, Bath is said to date back to AD 60-70, when a bathing complex was constructed as a result of the region’s natural hot springs. Today, Bath has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and the city’s rich history, numerous cultural attractions and charming 18th-century Georgian architecture have resulted in a whopping 3.8 million daytrip visitors annually.
After spending a day soaking up all that Bath has to offer, I cannot say that I am terribly surprised. Here are my recommendations and experiences following a very fun daytrip to Bath!
Ah, Valentine’s Day. One of those occasions where there always seems so much pressure to find the perfect gift. Inspired by a few things that I’ve come across as of late, here is my curated list of gift ideas for that special someone…even if that special someone is yourself! 🙂
Back when I lived in Boston, I would challenge myself to cook something new every week. While I haven’t been able to keep up the weekly cadence since moving to London, I still try to make a delicious home-cooked meal when I can.
For this recipe, I paired a few favorites together for a simple, yet healthy meal with chicken thighs, edamame, butternut squash and brown rice. Curry and tumeric, plus salt and pepper add additional flavor to the dish. I love making a vat of this and portioning it out for my lunches for the workweek. It keeps really well over the course of a week.
I recently had the pleasure of spending 48 hours in Iceland with friends from Boston as part of an Iceland Air stopover trip. Never heard of a stopover trip before? Iceland Air’s concept is brilliant. Travelers can fly from the U.S. to cities in Europe and the UK (or vice versa) for inexpensive rates with a 48-hour (ish) stopover in Iceland. The end result becomes a diverse, yet incredibly fun trip.
As I am currently based out of London, I decided to join my friends for the 48-hour Iceland stopover portion of the trip. Iceland is a three-hour flight from London, so why not!? With limited time in Iceland, here’s how we spent our 48-hours exploring sites like The Blue Lagoon, The Golden Circle and the city of Reykjavik.
With four locations around London, the food and atmosphere is just divine at Ottolenghi. While I’ve been several times before, I had never been for brunch –up until recently, that is.
I met a friend at the Islington location in Angel. While Ottolenghi does take reservations now via OpenTable, we were not that organized and queued up with the hope that the wait would not be long. Luckily, with only two of us, our wait was not terrible.
We sat across from one another at the restaurant’s long communal table and immediately started to peek around at what everyone else was eating. I opted for a Za’atar Frittata with a cappuccino and my friend the Shakshuka and a fresh mint tea. Look at how stunning the fresh mint tea is.