Our 12-year-old son had the amazing opportunity to participate in a 3-week study abroad program in England with his school. We decided to plan a week-long visit during his study abroad program because Paul has never traveled to Europe, and our younger son is just interested in anything his big brother is doing. I’ve been to Europe a few times (a long time ago with similar school programs) and to other countries, but I’ve never been to England.
While there, we tried our best to be model tourists and visit as many places as possible. Even though the weather was gloomy and the time difference was a drag, we had a blast exploring London and even venturing out into the countryside. I’ve also never seen so many prawn-flavored things in my life, lol!
Pictured above: an array of Afternoon Teas, including our visit to an Italian café where “tea” was a delicious cappuccino.
We didn’t rent a car, so we also booked several day trips with a bus tour company so we could see more places in a short amount of time. Our 10-year-old also really appreciated riding a bus in between stops versus walking on the days we explored on our own!
Every castle we went to was simply jaw-dropping. The architecture is so detailed, it’s crazy to think about how they built these structures back then, and they’re still standing today.
We visited Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, which is located in a charming area with a variety of street vendors to check out. We visited Stonehenge just to check it off the obligatory-places-to-visit list, even though our English friends told us “it’s just a bunch of rocks” (p.s. they were right!). The Roman Baths were pretty amazing, but overall I think Paul’s favorite English find was Hotel Chocolat. Now that he’s discovered European chocolate, I don’t think he’ll go back!
Visiting England was an amazing experience and we are hoping to plan another European adventure soon!