Day one: a train to Portsmouth from London
Absolutely gorgeous day on the water. This is the historic harbor full of old ships with plenty of lovers with ice cream cones.
Fun places to eat outside above the harbor. Great place for a cold ginger beer A while back I read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I had a lovely time pretending I was her on the train back to London, sipping my gin and tonic from a can and peering into people’s yards
My hotel was a newly renovated Best Western. It had all the charm that an 18th century building should have, but with new carpet and freshly painted window sills. One of my favorite things about it was the “library bar” they had in the lobby– I never did get to sit in there, though
I got back from Portsmouth as it was getting dark, but I hadn’t seen any of the city yet. I was feeling pretty jet lagged at this point, but I always try to stay up late the first couple nights to get acclimated anyways. Buckingham Palace was across Hyde Park, so I changed out of my work clothes and headed out.It was dark and all my pictures are grainy, but it was super romantic and pleasant to walk through the park as everything was settling down
Houses of Parliament
Google searching “best pub near me”
Mashed potatoes are my favorite food, so the UK is like heaven to me