Good Eats: London (Some with literary ties, of course.)

This entry is part 25 of 25 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

While England is not generally thought of as a foodie scene, beyond bland food, pub fair, and fish and chips, I can definitely recommend some places to eat that I would revisit: Bakeries & Tea: Paul Bakery Paul Bakery can be found as you round the steps of St. Paul Cathedral. I got a sandwich

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Literary Destination: A Bear Called Paddington

This entry is part 2 of 25 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

Hopped up on caffeine from the piping hot English Breakfast Tea I’d readily accepted from the airline steward with a sexy British accent, I was wide awake. Rather than sleep on the plane, I’d instead chosen to spend the early hours of the morning watching the live action Paddington Bear movie and sipping black tea poured from an actual tea kettle being carried down the plane isle.

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Exciting Announcement!

This entry is part 24 of 25 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

I self-published a book!!  With encouragement from my grandfather, who insisted that it is frustrating to read about my travels backwards (as you readers may understand, because the most recent blog posts top each other), I have self published my England blog posts in book form! Now dear readers, you too can read about my

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Travel Log: London Travel Tips

This entry is part 23 of 25 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

 Here are my retrospective travel tips: 1. Have an accessible notepad to write down recommendations for sights and restaurants you may gain from locals. (Don’t miss that delicious restaurant because you couldn’t remember the name!) 2. The Citymapper app will tell you everything you need to know about transportation around London. You will never have

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Travel Log: Our last day, Portobello & Covent Garden Markets – Day 16

This entry is part 21 of 25 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

“Portobello Road, street where the riches of ages are sold” ~ Bedknobs & Broomsticks Not realizing Porotobello Market was anything more than a scene from Bedknobs & Broomsticks with a song that will stay in your head ALL DAY, I was more than willing to spend the morning of our last day in London exploring

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Books & Tea, It’s a Librarian Life

This entry is part 20 of 25 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

Goodbye Swanage! I was sad to leave the beautiful British seaside and the delicious Dorset food, but at the same time, excited to return to the hustle and bustle of London for a couple more days. As the day had engulfed Swanage in rain, it seemed it was time to be shoving off anyway. Before

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IMAX, Harrods & Wicked, London

This entry is part 12 of 25 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

IMAX On our last day in London it rained all day. Far from being disappointed, I thought, “This is more like London.” We were all grateful that we had nowhere specific to be that morning, so over a late breakfast we brainstormed options for the day. Despite being used to rain, and having packed the

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Greensmiths, Hampton Court & a Ghost Walk, London

This entry is part 10 of 25 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

Life often doesn’t go according to plan, and this was one of those  days. My original plan was to get moving in the morning so that we arrived at Hampton Court Palace as close to opening time as possible. In doing my research for the trip I had read that Hampton Court takes about 3

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Literary Destination: Kenwood Estate, Home of Dido Elizabeth Belle

This entry is part 9 of 25 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

Visit Kenwood Estate at Hampstead Heath, London, England. It was the home of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race child adopted and raised by an aristocratic family at the height of the slavery debate in England. Today Kenwood House is an art museum free to the public, and the grounds provide community park space. My favorite room was, of course, the library.

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