Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum is a must for everyone traveling to London. This was my first visit when I was able to see everything and read details. I’ve been there before, but in a hurry as I didn’t have a lot of time.

01 Natural History Museum London

We got in the side entrance and we’ve started with the section on Earth.

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Sensational Butterflies at Natural History Museum

I love butterflies and I wanted to see this exhibition for a while. I have been to a Butterfly House a few years ago in Vienna and I loved it. So, the last two attractions I went to on my holiday in London were Sensational Butterflies at Natural History Museum and the museum.

01  Sensational Butterflies London

Sensational Butterflies is a temporary exhibition at Natural History Museum with live butterflies. The tickets aren’t expensive and there are lots of butterflies. Seeing them flying free around people is extraordinary.

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Stoney Middleton

Last weekend we’ve been to Stoney Middleton to attend the Well Dressing celebrations. The village is beautiful and picturesque, so I made a post about it. I took a map from the local pub with a circular walk around the village. On a sunny day it was a delight.

01 Stoney Middleton

Stoney Middleton is a village in the Peak District National Park. The first settlement was made 6,000 years ago due to presence of thermal waters. The Romans were settled here too and they were smelting lead. 600 years ago the Church was built, they were giving supplies to the self-quarantine people of Eyam during the plaque and in The Second World there was a camp for prisoners. The village has an impressive history considering how small it is.

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Well Dressing

As an expat, I’m fascinated by local traditions. I think that one of the best ways to understand the culture of a country is to attend small events in picturesque villages. I’ve been to a duck race in Lymm and I enjoyed myself a lot.
Yesterday hubby and I went to see the Well Dressing at Stoney Middleton. As I have a lot of pictures, I’ve decided to split them and to make 2 posts. The first one is about the well dressing and another post will follow tomorrow about the village. This tradition is unique to the Peak District and Derbyshire.

This tradition started hundreds of years ago, but only from 1936 the wells were dressed like this in Stoney Middleton. Even though at the beginnings it was a pagan tradition, it was adopted by the Christian Church and now the pictures have a biblical theme. The pictures are made of small stones, flower petals, shells, all inserted into wet clay.

01 Well dressing Stoney Middleton Derbyshire
This is the main picture, near the Church. It was made to commemorate the battle of Agincourt, 600 years ago. The local Church was built by Joan Eyre in gratitude for the return of her husband from the battle.

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Bettys, Harrogate

On Monday I’ve been to Harrogate. If you read my blog for a while you might have noticed Bettys, because (if I’m not mistaken), every time I’ve been to Harrogate I stopped at Bettys for desserts. Only twice we were able to find a table at Bettys and I have no idea how we were so lucky. As we usually go there for work, I can’t book a table because I don’t know my schedule. But, as they have a small shop in addition to the tea rooms, we can buy some treats to take home.

Bettys was founded by a Swiss baker and confectioner. He opened his first Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate in 1919, is unknown why he chose Betty as a name for the establishment. Now there are 6 tea rooms, but they are still family-owned, handed down through the family. I’ve been only to the one in Harrogate, but I would love to visit the rest of the tea rooms too.

01 Bettys Harrogate review
This delight is called Engadine Japonaise and it’s made of layers of almond meringue with almond buttercream. I had it a few times before, in December and January. They have the same texture and the same lovely taste every time, I appreciate a lot their consistency.

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Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

As a Royalist, Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace was high on my list of things to see in London. The ceremony takes 45 minutes and it starts at 11.15. There is an app but we didn’t get it.
The privilege of guarding the Sovereign traditionally belongs to The Guards, also known as Household Troops. They have carried out this duty since 1660. From time to time, this privilege is extended to other regiments of the British Army.
The Guards consist of five infantry regiments – the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards and most of them have seen action overseas. There are also two regiments of the Household Cavalry, the Life Guards and Blues and Royals.

01 Changing of the guards

We arrived quite late, at 11, as we had to drive from outside London to central London and find a car park close enough to walk as it was the strike at the tube that day. The recommendation is to arrive at least one hour before the guards are starting the ceremony as it gets so crowded with thousands of tourists. I would say the same, if you want to have a better location, try to arrive as early as possible.

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