It was a 4 hour train ride from York to Bath.



We passed through places like Leeds, Birmingham, and Gloucester.

After checking in at our hotel we were pretty hungry since we hadn’t gotten lunch on the train, so we went to a restaurant called Dough Pizzeria for a late lunch/dinner. 

After going to the Pizzeria we went to the Pulteney Bridge, one of the only bridges in the world that has shops on both sides of it.

Pulteney Bridge

Then we headed over to the River Avon and Parade Gardens.

Our second day in Bath, we went to Stonehenge which was actually in the Amesbury area.

We saw lot’s of tank crossing signs on the way there, because the British Army has some of it’s bases near Stonehenge.

It was very smoky when we arrived at Stonehenge, since the army was setting off smoke bombs for training purposes.

Nonetheless, the stones were amazing.

Before heading back to Bath we stopped in Lacock.

Lacock is famous for all the movies and tv series that have been shot there. Some include Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, and Downton Abbey.

We had lunch at a Tapas place for lunch, back in Bath. I had Horchata, which was pretty good.

We saw lot’s of gigantic meringues everywhere we went in England, especially in Bath.

On our third day we went to the Roman baths in the morning. We had great views of Bath Abbey from the baths.

After exploring the baths we went to the tearoom next door called the Pump Room. I had the chocolate cake and raspberry tea.

That afternoon we went to the Jane Austen Centre, where we saw a bunch of famous Jane Austen character wax figurines.

After going to the centre we saw the Circus and the Royal Crescent.


We were there during the World Cup semifinals, so the streets were desolate and the pubs were all exceeding the max capacity.

Our final day in Bath, we walked down to the River Avon one last time before leaving for the Bristol Airport.

Can you guess where our next city is? (Hint: It’s not in the U.K)



The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales… definitely not as well known as the North York Moors, but just as beautiful (maybe even more.)

We took off through the Dales on a tour at around 9:00 in the morning on the 4th of July (back in the States.)

We saw tons of little picturesque villages, as we made our way to our first stop.


We arrived at Castle Bolton at around 10:30. It was an overcast day, perfect for a majestic picture or two.

There were many sheep living in the pastures around the castle. They were adorable.

Our second stop of the morning was Aysgarth Falls where filming of movies like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves took place.

On our way to lunch we went through the village of Askrigg where the TV Show All Creatures Great and Small with James Herriot, was filmed.



We had lunch in the town of Hawes, where the Wensleydale Cheese Creamery is. We had the chance to taste 30+ types of Wensleydale Cheese for free.

Wensleydale Mac N’ Cheese

We ate at the Wensleydale Cafe for lunch, which had stunning views of the hills in the distance.

Views from the cafe

After we left Hawes we went right into the heart of the Dales. It was beautiful!

More sheep!

We pasted through Dales towns such as Buckden.

We then arrived at the Falcon Inn and Pub in the picturesque town of Arncliffe.

Looking Out from the Falcon Inn



The Old Arncliffe Schoolhouse

Arncliffe only has a population of around 70, but a long history. It had documents in the church dating from the 16th century.

Arncliffe Cemetery

After leaving Arncliffe we went past Kilsney Crag where there are annual rock climbing competitions and through more tiny Dales towns like Grassington and Appletreewick.



We saw lots of sheep!

Before we arrived back in York, we stopped in the town of Pateley Bridge which hosts England’s Oldest Sweet Shoppe.

There were some cow traffic jams along the way.

Pateley Bridge


Visiting the Dales was a great way to spend the 4th of July, if we weren’t actually in the States. It was my favorite part of our U.K trip, and if your a foreign traveler or just an English holidaymaker, I definitely recommend taking a drive through the Dales.

Of course the Dales wasn’t the end of the trip. Stay tuned for our next city!

School Lunch Blog Swap!

The Turtle of Happiness blog and I are doing a blog swap.  “Mr. Turtle” is 9 and goes to school in South East England, about 50 miles away from London.  We are each writing on the topic of School Lunch.  His responses are below, and mine can be seen on his blog at
1. Do you have treats/dessert for lunch?
Yes there is a dessert every day. It is usually something like cake and custard or jelly and ice cream (also known as Jello). You are not allowed chocolate bars or fizzy drinks. Sometimes I have a biscuit with my lunch.
2. Do you have to eat everything on your plate for lunch?
No, but if the teachers say you haven’t eaten enough then you have to eat more.

3. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch at school?
I like a home made flapjack. It is made of oats. I like it when they do Christmas dinner at school

4. Do you have a salad bar?
Yes there is a salad bar. It’s optional so you don’t have to take anything from it but usually people do. It has croutons, lettuce and other stuff. I don’t usually use it but I have fruit and veg in my lunch box.

5. What kind of tables do you eat at?
We have rows of 3 tables together. We used to have two tables for each class but now you’re allowed to sit wherever you want.

6. Can you bring a lunch to school?

Yes, this is what I mainly do. You’re not allowed to bring in any nut products like peanut butter because some people have allergies.