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Visiting the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace

Recently I visited the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, “home to historical royal carriages and one of the finest working stables in existence.”

It’s fun for me to find things to do in London I haven’t done before. While I’ve been to Buckingham Palace numerous times, I’ve never visited the Royal Mews, and I was excited to see the carriages and to learn more about their history and significance to the royal family.

The entrance to the Royal Mews is located to the left of the palace. Follow the sidewalk around the palace and you’ll run into it. I’ll include all the necessary details pertaining entry (opening hours / ticket prices / etc.) at the end of the post.

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Away Carry-On Luggage Review

Just before leaving for London, I purchased a piece of carry-on luggage from the Away brand. This was an investment, made possible by my graduation $$. (Shoutout to all my lovely relatives and friends!).

The Away brand seemed to be popping up everywhere – in blog posts, travel articles, my Instagram feed! I don’t generally purchase something simply because everyone else is, but the hype surrounding this brand prompted me to do further research.

To be honest, the luggage originally caught my eye because I loved the way it looked. I think the Away luggage is super stylish (as proved by all the aesthetically pleasing Instagram posts!). But I wanted to know if it was worth the price – if the quality was what everyone said it was.

I took the carry-on to London (on an international flight), and since then I’ve taken two weekend trips, so I think I’m in a good position to write a thoughtful review.

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How to Enjoy a Warm Weather Day in London

Just as I blogged about our unexpected week of snow here in London, I must also blog about our unexpected (but welcome!) week of warm temps! It is a beautiful thing to walk out the door and see the sun shining. It’s only when the sun comes out – on a cloudless blue sky day – that you realize how much it’s been missed. Also, how nice it feels to be totally warm and dry.

This week, we’ve had temps in the 70s and even 80s. It’s as if we’ve completely skipped spring and into summer. You walk down the block, and everyone has ditched their raincoats and umbrellas for tanks and t-shirts.

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All Things Harry Potter in Edinburgh, Scotland

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter. I grew up with the books. My dad and I read the first Harry Potter novel together when I was in third grade. I felt inspired by J.K. Rowling and by her stories, and I’ve wanted to be a creative writer from a very early age.

So, naturally, it’s some kind of magic to be here in Europe, to be surrounded by the people and the places that fueled J.K. Rowling’s imagination and the story we’ve all come to know and love.

There’s quite enough Harry-Potter-related activities in London (and, trust me, I want to do it all!), but it was special to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, where J.K. Rowling lived and worked on her novels.

I’ve highlighted 5 of the Harry Potter hotspots in Edinburgh, several of which I’ve experienced myself…

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Picnic in St. Andrews, Scotland

While we were in Edinburgh, Scotland for the weekend (check out my previous post featuring 5 “can’t miss” things to see and do in the city), we took a day trip to St. Andrews. We arrived in Edinburgh on Friday, spent the afternoon exploring / hiking Arthur’s Seat, and woke up Saturday to visit St. Andrews.

St. Andrews is about an hour and a half away from Edinburgh. We took coach buses (we’re a large group!), but you can reach St. Andrews by car, by bus, or by train. There’s a helpful page on the St. Andrews website listing these various methods of transportation.

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