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Friday Phone Dump

This post covers two weeks and it’s crazy-long!  10 points to your Hogwarts house if you get through it, and no hard feelings from me if you don’t xx

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1) We got to try the best burger place in Bedford, Herd last weekend–it was sooooo good!  Seriously, I’d put it up there in the same bracket as the best burger places I’ve enjoyed in the US.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, style, and dressings…and the fries…I love fries :)

2) Is it just me or does this look like New Mexico/Spain?  It’s Bedford.  Bedford is fun haha

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3-4) Daffodils for days :) I’m going to be talking non-stop about Spring probably for the rest of our time here–I love the abundance of flowers in England.

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5)  Since Colin and I have lots of time these days, we’ve watched all the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings.  I know, we’re the coolest, you don’t have to tell me haha

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6-9) Like I said in my last post, we’ve been exploring different parks and walking paths around Bedford these past few weeks.  Earlier this week we loved getting to drink tea as we walked through Priory Park and sat by this stream–so lovely :)

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10) Hahahahahaha this really got me–it felt like a sign I’d find in Texas as a joke or something, but here it seemed funnier since most buildings have some crazy historical significance

11) We tried a delicious Italian place in Bedford called The Cappuccino Bar for lunch on Josh’s birthday, and it was so so good.  I almost felt like we were actually in Italy!

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12-15) Exploring the neighborhood :)

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16) View from my yoga mat–I’m so thankful for even the small spaces I can get to practice in

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17-18) All the flowerrrrrs

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19) This bridge in Bedford is from the 1800s and it’s gorgeous!  Europe is so cool, guys.

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20-21) We went to London last weekend!  It was our first trip out of Bedford since we got here, and it was lovely.  Shout out to Chelsea for getting me the Monocle Travel Guide to London last year ;)

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22-29) We had plans to hang out in various museums while we were there, but our first day we had the most gorgeous sunny weather, so of course we spent all our time walking through the parks!  Primrose Hill is still my very favorite–I’m a sucker for a great view.  Also, I’ve started taking off my shoes anytime it’s warm enough, because the grass here is so lush.  Like the stuff of Narnia, guys.  It’s so great.

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30-31) We also had to stop back by the Monocle Café (we went there last year too).  Colin got a macchiato and I had a raw mint and ginger tea whichismynewfavoritedrinkandimfreakingoutaboutit :)

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32) We also went to Chipotle in London (thanks, Danielle, for the giftcard!) and it was fun to have a taste of home while we’re so far away!

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33-44) Our second day in London was grey and chilly, so we started with a coffee from Monmouth (our favorite that we’ve had so far) and a pastry from a stall in the Borough Market.  Then we walked along the Thames and hit the touristy spots we hadn’t seen in awhile like Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.  Then we went back to the market to shop and eat lunch (and get another coffee haha) before heading to the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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45) After all that, we stopped in the British Museum, where we will definitely be returning since there was so much we didn’t get to see–it’s huge!

46) For dinner that night we went to Tayyab’s–which was as great as we remembered it being :)

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47) Our last morning there ended up being sunnier than expected, so we visited a different Monmouth Coffee shop and wandered through different shops around the city instead of going to the Portrait Gallery like we had planned–it was a good choice (though I still want to make it to the Portrait Gallery soon)!

48) More Mexican food!  London is such a large and international city that it had food from all over the world.  This Mexican restaurant was yummy, especially this mint and lime agua fresca :)

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49-52) The rest of our wandering included soaking up sun in St. James’s Park and waving to Big Ben (my favorite).  See you soon, London!

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53-55) This week we’ve been staying in Milton Keynes with Ro’s lovely parents, so we’ve enjoyed exploring yet another part of England!  This local coffee shop is delicious and cozy–thanks for the recommendation, Tom!

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56-59) One of the things we’ve done here is visited Bletchley Park!  This whole time, our friends have been telling us that we need to go here, and I’ve kept forgetting what it was.  Now that we’ve been here, I won’t forget it again!  This is the place where English (and a few American, but mostly English) geniuses broke the codes that were being used in WWII (as seen in the movie, The Imitation Game).  If you are ever in England, I would highly recommend a visit to this amazing place!

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60-62) Yesterday we went to Oxford, which was as charming as ever, and we started off at the Ashmolean Museum for brunch and wandering.

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63-65) We grabbed lunch in the covered market at PieMinister (sooooooooo good)

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66-69) Then we grabbed some fantastic coffee at The Missing Bean (high quality + locally roasted coffee, hand made snacks, bright atmosphere, great people-watching, good vibes)

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70) What a dreamy place

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70-73) Colin insisted that we climb this tower at St Mary’s Church so we could see the amazing views, so I faced my fears of heights and small spaces and was rewarded with this gorgeous sight!

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74-77) Again, so dreamy.  The details of this place are inspiring!

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78-79) We quickly stopped by the Museum of Natural History and stayed until they closed.  What a gorgeous space!  Also, I now want to know everything there is to know about dinosaurs.  I’m not sure that I ever cared until yesterday haha

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80) It was closed to visitors, but we still walked by Christ Church College to see some of the places where they filmed Harry Potter…because Harry Potter haha

Oh my gosh, if you’re still reading this, give yourself a hug from me.  Or better yet, go pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea from me!

This weekend we’re doing a little shopping, relaxing, and hopefully going to see Beauty and the Beast!  I hope your weekend is lovely, friend.

love,

M

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