S: From England, With Love
FC: The Oxford Adventures of a Socialite Diplomat and a Literary Connoisseur
1: Our story begins with a house on a quintessential English lane, Pullens Lane, to be exact. And it was there that two girls, born and bred in the heart of America, were destined to embark on a deliciously English academic endeavor together in the City of Dreaming Spires.
2: On their jaunts into town, they would take the affectionately nicknamed "Fairy Road," past lovely tangled gardens and picturesque bridges that spanned streams full of little friends, like Sir Reginald and Lady Beatrice.
5: Miles of books were housed beneath the cobblestone streets, daily were they lovingly dusted off and pored over at a little table inside of Blackwells with an oversized scarf and mug of hot chocolate for company.
6: And at night: warm smiles, delicious food, and meaningful conversation characterized the cozy laugh-filled dining room.
7: Back scratching, massages, french pressed coffee, "Hey, Jude", hair playing, and Byron bashing were just everyday occurences. | Bonded together by shared experience, a love of academia, an appreciation of culture, and a love of food, a family emerged.
8: The girls found themselves captivated by the fusion of Roman, Gothic, Arabesque, and Victorian architecture at the eye ball popping, shoulder-blade holding: St. Albans Cathedral.
12: The day was tied up neatly with a necessary afternoon tea involving excessive amounts of cream and sugar, and of course, a flapjack.
13: "Then Bath spread herself before us, like a beautiful dowager giving a reception. Bath, like Edinbugh has the rare trick of surprising you all over again. You know very well it is like that, yet somehow your memory must have diminished the wonder of it, for there it is, taking your breath away again." English Journey by J.B. Priestly
15: "'your father's state of health must be a great drawback. Why does not he try Bath? Indeed he should. Let me recommend Bath to you.'" -- Emma Jane Austen
16: A Gothic fantasy of flying buttresses, fan vaulting, and a large east window with 56 scenes depicting the life of Christ: Bath Abbey was awe inspiring.
17: Too much fun was to be had and discovered in the crypt. While the socialite made friends with the knowledgeable Brits, the literary lover tapped into her inner Poe at the sight of the skeleton of a priest.
19: Blooming cherry blossom trees and clusters of daffodils were testaments to the strong emergence of spring as they walked the meandering paths through Bath.
20: Easter morning found the girls rushing to make it on time to the Easter service at the beautiful Christ Church with a few of their favorite people.
24: Spring breaking in Italy?? Yes, please!
25: Incredible food and wonderful, crazy Italians made for the most memorable spring break.
27: Coventry was a modern-day fairy tale representation of grace and restoration as well as the home of the legendary courageous beauty, Lady Godiva. After all the history lessons, the girls were in dire need of a pub stop to relax.
30: Dressing up for Phantom of the Opera; drinks at the Absolut IceBar; princess exhibits at Kensington Palace; beautiful views of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster from the London Eye; and traipsing around the renowned Harrods: London, was one of the highlights of term.
32: Picadilly Circus | Breakdancing provided an intermission between Her Majesty's Theatre and the London Icebar.
33: And the best and most bittersweet part of all: lovely new friends who could never be forgotten.