quinta-feira, 29 de setembro de 2011

Onda de calor invade a Inglaterra...

People enjoy the unseasonably warm weather on Camber Sands in East Sussex (© Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

A couple of weeks ago the temperature in some areas of England was touching 14 degrees Celsius. Yesterday a mini-heatwave from Spain has reached us and the temperature has risen to a marvellous 27, in some places even 29 degrees. Wow!
The great weather is supposed to last only a few days more and weather forecast experts have warned us to expect a big freeze in United Kingdom in three weeks time.
With that in mind and with a scorching sun out there, parks, beaches, gardens became a great scenario of people sunbathing and having fun. Everybody trying to make the most of it.

Words cannot describe how great I felt lying in my hammock today and enjoying the lovely sun after so many days of miserable grey skies.

How good was your day?

People enjoy the unseasonably warm weather on Camber Sands in East Sussex (© Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)


Photos from MSN News, you can see plenty more at:http://news.uk.msn.com/in-pictures-britain-enjoys-mini-heatwave#image=9

domingo, 25 de setembro de 2011

Domingo em Londres...



Sunday in London? There’s a huge choice of activities to keep anyone entertained and happy in this marvellous cosmopolitan city. I used to live here years ago and although I now only live few miles away I visit it every time I can, and I have to say that I never grow tired of visiting the main tourist areas. Why? Well, is always so full of people and everybody so happy and mesmerized with what they are seeing. I love that! It feels good being surrounded by people that are happy with their snapshots.
With this in mind going to the Tower of London seems an excellent idea. An adult ticket can cost almost £20, prices may vary during the year. It’s worth it!








If the weather is good and if you like me had already been there, done that and bought the t-shirt, cross the Tower Bridge and enjoy a walk the other side of the River Thames. It’s full of pubs, posh restaurants, café, souvenir shops, etc.


 


 








sábado, 24 de setembro de 2011

Sabado em Londres...




Saturday in London? Brilliant! If you don’t want to spend much money and still want to do something cool and don‘t mind walking a bit, why not head to Trafalgar Square? It’s right in the heart of London, there’s usually some nice event going on. The National Gallery is just there as well and the chance to see famous and priceless paintings can be very inspirational. Around the Square there are many cozy and modern cafes and great bookstores.







From there you are just a walking distance to the famous Big Ben and the Parliament Houses, but if you had seen it before and prefer to avoid the tourist crowd, heading to Covent Garden can be an excellent option. It’s one of my favourite places in London. During the weekend the whole area is usually buzzing with cultural activities where musicians, magicians, actors and actresses and many more demonstrate their talents. There is a market as well, full of local arts and some souvenirs. For the ones that don’t mind spending a bit more, there are nice boutiques and fancy shops around. With a great choices of pubs, restaurants or just a place for a drink and rest your feet I’m sure that you will fall in love with Covent Garden.







sexta-feira, 2 de setembro de 2011




Photos of an English Tea House in Tewkesbury, England. It’s a lovely, quaint and cozy place and every time I go to Tewkesbury I feel compelled to enter there and have a traditional ‘cream tea’. Which is English tea, served with a homemade scone, with strawberry jam and clotted cream and fresh strawberry.




We can find ‘cream tea’ almost everywhere in UK but what make that place so special to me is because it is hundreds of years old. I usually take friends there when they come to visit me and they love it. Last time I was there I heard a tourist asking the waiter how old was the fireplace and I heard the waiter saying ‘oh, that fireplace is fairly new, only about 400 years old, the rest of the building is much older than that’. Tee hee!



The little garden is beautiful too, like most gardens in Europe during spring and summer time.








By the way, the traditional way to drink English tea is with a little drop of milk.
So, anybody there fancies tea?