Christmas is in the air. Literally. London’s skies are filled with lights in honor of the season. But it’s not just the skies that are looking pretty these days. The streets are, too. Specifically the doors. And that’s because of the Christmas wreaths in London. Like everything else this time of year, the city takes them seriously. And here are the highlights…
I can’t get enough of the Cotswolds. If there’s one part of England I love for weekend getaways from London, it’s here. Golden stone houses, storybook villages, and sheep-filled pastures are my perfect fairytale. So I’m excited to return to the area to spend 36 hours in Cirencester.
Winter is here. London’s frosts are growing thicker every morning, and the sun is setting earlier each day. If you’re traveling to Britain this season and want a local’s advice for what to carry in your bag, here’s my essential winter packing list for London. These 6 items will help you pack efficiently and hit the ground looking like a local.
For the last two years I’ve written blog posts about where not to travel in the new year. They received such overwhelming responses that it’s now an annual tradition. So here’s A Lady in London’s guide to where not to travel in 2017. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll avoid these 9 destinations next year.
You know that viral video that’s been going around? The one that shows people getting the results of their DNA tests? And getting emotional when they realize their prejudices against other people are actually against themselves? Yeah, that one. Well today I received the result of my own DNA test, and there are some equally surprising lessons in it.
Happy Thanksgiving! Today is my favorite day of the year, and I’m thankful to be celebrating with you via the A Lady in London blog. As an expat, one of the most common questions I get asked on Thanksgiving is about the history of the holiday. I haven’t studied the subject in-depth since I was 7, so I’ve often struggled to articulate the story of Thanksgiving. But I’m going to remedy that with this post.
Today I’m excited to share my New Zealand trip video featuring 9 days on the South Island and Wellington. I shot a lot of footage while I was traveling, and I’ve distilled it down to a 2-minute version of the highlights. I hope you enjoy it!
The most important thing I’ve learned on my travels is the necessity of being flexible. That lesson has paid off today, as I’ve suddenly had to cancel my plans to travel from Brisbane to the Great Barrier Reef. My boyfriend has to fly back to London, and I’ve found myself with 9 days on my own before my flight home. I could go with him, but I can’t help wanting to stay in the Antipodes. I spend a few hours coming up with a plan, and the result is a 9-day New Zealand itinerary without driving.
My favorite way to see a new place is with the locals. Their knowledge of secret spots and ability to add color to a destination make them the best travel guides. So now that my boyfriend and I are visiting his relatives in Queensland, I’m spending 3 days on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with the experts. And I find 4 places that I can’t help falling in love with.
Christmas is coming! Signs of the season are popping up all over London. From wreaths to trees, lights to skating rinks, the city’s on the path to its annual Christmas extravaganza. And because London does so much for it, today I bring you A Lady in London’s 5 reasons to love Christmas in London.