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April 17, 2012

Bristol Wanderings

Bristol Wanderings

Spent the better part of the weekend in Bristol, England. Bristol is an interesting city with an incredible history as a port of trade. It is notorious for being a hub of so-called “triangular trade”, where slaves were shipped from Africa to America, and then the work the slaves produced were sent from America to Bristol. The city began to decline in the 1800s as the slave trade was abolished and it has never regained its economic strength.

On a whim, we rode a few minutes out of town to see Yate, a small suburban town with little importance other than being the birthplace of famous author J.K. Rowling. Since Laura is a huge Harry Potter fan and has completely immersed herself in Pottermore as of late, we thought it would be a fun side trip. We spent an hour strolling around town before heading back.

One of the highlights of the trip was seeing the Cathedral, which has stood for nearly one thousand years. It’s a breathtaking building and was worth the several hours we spent inside.

December 29, 2011

London

Arrived in London to…wouldn’t you know it…fog. It’s been raining on and off for days and the cold, wet air is most unwelcome. But I still love London and am making the best of it by visiting my favorite shops and cafes throughout the city. I’ll be here for at least a few weeks visiting friends and family through the holidays. I got a cute postcard from my nephew back in the States. When he heard I would be in London, he sent me a picture of the Dr. Hare character from Poptropica. Apparently, this toy has been traveling the globe much like I have, so my nephew asked if I had seen him here. How cute!