Back to the UK – 10 years on Part One

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Ten years ago I left my provincial town in New Zealand and embarked on a customary rite of passage for most young kiwis – my big O.E. (overseas experience). I had saved for a number of years for this trip and my intention was to work in England for a couple of years. But first I would take a 3 week bus tour around Europe on a TopDeck bus. Which was awesome. Where I drank pretty much my entire budget, and also happened to meet my future husband 🙂

I was only in England for about 10 weeks before I packed my bags and flew to Canberra in Australia to start my new life (with the $90 I hadn’t managed to drink yet). So my O.E. sort of fizzled at the start….but I guess you can say I am still on it since I haven’t moved back to NZ, and the plan is to pretty much canvas most of the major Commonwealth countries (NZ, Australia, Canada – still have a few to go).

So we were lucky enough to be invited to England for the wedding of some amazing friends. And we decided to take a couple of extra weeks to trot around England and hop over to Europe, and pretty much cram in as much as possible.

The itinerary looked like this

London – 2 days, Bristol – 2 days, Ilfracombe – 4 days, Bath – 3 days, Malvern – an afternoon, Holland – 3 days, Dublin – 4 days then home to Toronto.

It was strange that as soon as I landed in London, I felt at home again. London is one of my soul cities, Melbourne was one as well. It is definitely on my list of places to live and I am hoping that we will get there one day.

Here are some shots from our trip

Statue of Queen Victoria outside Kensington Palace

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Albert’s Monument
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Daffodils in the snow
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Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace just after changing of the guard
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Obligatory tourist shot in front of Buckingham Palace
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

This horse scared me
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Me and my lines
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I love the architecture in London
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It really lends itself to B&W
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

The day we wandered around happened to coincide with the observance of the Commonwealth Military services
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

More buildings
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Big Ben
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Houses of Parliament
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Another obligatory tourist shot – Geoff points out Big Ben is “thataway”
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Someone is trying to start the padlock thing here
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Buildings, lines, B&W
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Houses of Parliament
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Abstracty goodness
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On our way to the respective Hen’s and Buck’s Night we stopped off at Stonehenge
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I took too many photos of Stonehenge
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Tourist shot of Stonehenge
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Moody Stonehenge
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It was freezing!
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But everyone was still smiling
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Geoff modelling his Splinter Cell beanie
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More Stonehenge
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The wedding was down on the South East Coast – this was the view from the balcony of the house we stayed in
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After the wedding we met up with Geoff’s family, and took a side trip to Laycock
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Laycock is often used in films and TV shows as a period village
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Then onto Bath
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Roman baths at Bath – I am a huge Roman history fangirl, I studied Latin for 3 years so this was pretty much heaven for me
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The main pool at the Roman Baths
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Statues of noteable Romans line the upper terrace of the Baths
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Kiddies playing dressup as roman citizens
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Reflections
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Like I said – love the baths (so many photos from here)
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Sigh – you can almost image being in the Roman times when you see stuff like this
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The old facade recontructed using projections
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Bronze of Minerva
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The original temple steps
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Old coins of Minerva
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Internal plumbing of the baths
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Geoff looking for more walls to photograph for texture reference. If you think I took heaps of photos, you should see how many texture reference shots we have in the holiday folder. (Geoff is a Technical Artist for a games company, he likes textures)
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Obviously I spent a LOT of time at the Baths
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Wishing well – all the coins
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Some random stuff came floating up out of the depths
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Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Georgian row housing in Bath
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More lines – I get so sucked in
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The river in Bath – the bridge reminded me a little of the Ponte Vechhio in Florence (except grayer and colder)
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Slightly misty looking towards the hills
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Then we went to Holland to see my friend Lisa – here she is executing quite an excellent photobomb while I look like a tourist in front of a windmill
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Lisa and Jeroen’s little boy Luca
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Eating a Dutch delicacy – raw herring
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sprinkled with raw onion
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