Sunday, April 28, 2013

Royal Leamington Spa

              I am officially in love with this little village! Every day I discover one more thing that leaves me completely stunned. Leamington's population is about 49500. I keep calling it village because it looks very residential and most of the town consists of private houses. Only one street looks more like a town or a small city which is the Parade, the main street. But even there, apartment buildings are only two or three stories tall.

              Spring finally reached the UK and we went for a walk to a nearby park, Jephson Gardens, to discover that Leamington has a little botanical garden. The Temperate House has an admiring collection  representing plant evolution for the past 500 million years. They also have a small goldfish basin.

The Temperate House at Leamington Spa

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Coventry Transport Museum

       We visited Coventry Transport Museum on our day trip to Coventry and I had thought of adding this as one of the details in the post about Coventry, but I couldn't pick just one or two pictures only and decided to give the museum its own post. There is something romantic and mysterious about the 30s not just about the cars from that time, but also fashion, hairdos, pearls....or it's just me?

      To be honest we were a little bit skeptical about a "museum" of transport.......c'mon!?!? But we were positively surprised by the car collection.

       Our favorite car was:

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Birmingham - the Venice of the UK

      Birmingham is approximately 30 minutes away from us, depending on whether the train is local or express. The city also has a couple of train stations but we picked Moor Street as our destination. The return ticket from Leamington is either 8.5 or 10 pounds, depending on the train. As I mentioned in my previous post, 4 return tickets are 50% off. On short distances the discount doesn't make much of a difference, but if you are traveling to Bath or York where the ticket costs 50 pounds, then you are glad to have that option. 
     After arriving to the Moor Street station, the first thing we saw was the Selfridges building. This building is a part of the Bullring Shopping Center. Even though at first sight this building could seem a little bit tacky, it is a very interesting piece of architecture. Its appearance has supporters and opponents and this Birmingham landmark certainly doesn't leave anyone indifferent.      

Selfridges building Birmingham

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

To go, or not to go, that is the question!

    You already know what this post is about. Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birth place of William Shakespeare. 
    Stratford-Upon-Avon is very close to our little village. It's a 34 minute train ride. When I searched for public transportation directions I first got confused and somehow thought that it was not well connected. We had a debate whether we should go or not, since it is a 20-30 minutes cab ride, but luckily we figured out soon that is very close and very cheap to go by train. The return train ticket from Leamington is 6 pounds and when buying 4 return tickets we found out something even better! On Chiltern trains 4 return tickets are 50% off. So all guests are welcome in pairs please :-).   

   We got there without any idea where to go and what to do, but by following the crowd from the train you can never go wrong, since there is only one reason people visit this place :-).

    This village is a little bit bigger than ours, and very, very cute. It is certainly more preserved then Leamington because it has to live to its reputation and has to put people in a particular time in the past.   

The house where William Shakespeare was born

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


       Last weekend was a four day weekend (bank holiday) in UK and we decided to use it wisely. We also had family visiting and luckily we were not able to use the cold weather as an excuse to stay in. 
      At least it didn't rain. All previous London visits were either with snow or rain and we focused on indoor activities (Tate Modern, London Eye...). This time, other than very cold, the day was amazing for making some great pictures and exploring around. The train from Leamington Spa dropped us off at Marylebone station where we hopped on the TUBE (when in rome....:-)....) and got off at London Bridge. Our first stop was Borough Market. Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest food Markets in London. I know for sure who would like to see this London attraction first while visitting us (Kutlacom po kazanu)
     It was great exploring all kinds of different sweets and treats. We had our mid morning snack there and we were ready to head towards Tower Bridge.  

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