Exploring World Heritage Sites Outside of London

When exam time hits, what better way is there to relieve some stress then taking a day trip via coach bus to explore the beautiful countryside outside the city limits. One can usually find great deals, usually around half off the original price of the ticket through various online sites. Being a student I am always looking for ways to save some money, while still being able to experience the cultural wonders that this country has to offer. With this in mind, my best friend and I decided to book a bus tour which included stops at Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and a ride through the area known as the Cotswolds.  Starting off from Victoria Coach Station in the early morning, we first visited Stonehenge. It was my first time at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and I was not disappointed. The natural beauty of the site is indescribable. The atmosphere has a calming effect and exudes a magical presence. After taking our time exploring the area and taken lots of photos, we got back on the bus and left for Bath. Going through the countryside and seeing the bright yellow rapeseed fields (also known as canola back in Canada) we arrived in the city of Bath. Famous for its Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and Georgian architecture, the city is an exquisite place to explore the side streets, stores, and riverfront.  It even has a tree planted on July 4, 1776 to mark the separation of the United States from the United Kingdom. After having a tasty toasted Panini and a hot tea, we left for Stratford-upon-Avon. As a lover of William Shakespeare’s works, being able to visit the poet’s birthplace was a wish come true. Along with the others in our tour, we were able to enter the house that he was born and raised in. It was the perfect way to end the tour of the countryside before we had to head back into the city.  I would highly recommend this type of exploring as a way to unwind and relax after a long period of revision!

 

Springtime in London

After a long and grey winter, spring has finally arrived in London. The sun is shining more often than not, and the temperature hovers around twelve to twenty degrees Celsius. This is a beautiful time of the year in London, as the trees begin to bud, flowers bloom, and the city is rejuvenated with energy and vitality. One of the great things about living in the city during the months of spring is the free outdoor, and indoor, concerts that people can attend. For instance, a friend and I just went to a free classical music concert at a local church near our residence. It was a nice time out, we were able to listen to some great music, and were able take in the lovely atmosphere of the venue.

Spring is also the time that many university students have to write essays and exams. It is always a good idea to find a spot close to home where one can go over their work and soak up a bit of the much needed vitamin D. There are many green and open spaces in London that provide excellent places to relax for a few hours. You do not only have to go to the Royal Parks in order to experience the sights and sounds of London at this time of year. Sometimes it is better to find a small square, off a busy street, where you can take a bit of a breather. It is in these areas where one can usually learn new things about London’s past. Either way, walking around the city is a nice way to spend some downtime and enjoy springtime in London.