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8th Anniversary

Two years ago, to mark my 6th year in UK I made a round-up of all the places I’ve been to. Funnily, it was a round number: 100, here is the post. I thought it would be nice to continue and last year I put 22 more flags on the map, here is the round-up. Now is my 8th Anniversary and I have 31 new flags on the map.

map of UK

Last month I’ve mentioned that I went on holiday in Cardiff and someone asked me puzzled why. I don’t think my choice would have received a similar response if I would have said Ibiza. Well, in that particular holiday, I went into a mine, I had lunch in a working prison, and I saw a museum in which all the houses were moved brick by brick from all over Wales (St Fagans). Of course it is a matter of personal preference, but for me this is much more exciting than sunbathing.

In the last 12 months I’ve been further north than before, reaching up to Inverness. This month we’ve been to Brighton and south. Travelling wise, this year was great (and not only travelling wise), but I still have lots of places on my to-travel list and this is why these updates will most likely continue in the next years. Now I’m going to share five of my favourite new places I’ve been to in the last year, in the order in which I visited them. I blogged about the first four and the last one will follow in the next weeks.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is not the only post I shared from there. There is one with Festus walking on the estate and with the Butterfly house. The Palace is beautiful and the estate is really great. We’ve exchanged our entrance ticket for an annual pass and we’ve used it frequently, almost every time all three of us are in Oxford. It is the birthplace of Winston Churchill.


Balmoral is another choice. It’s not the only Royal residence I’ve been to this year, as I’ve also been to Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. I think Balmoral was my favourite because it is a small building, a family home, and a place where Royals went on holiday since Prince Albert bought it for Queen Victoria. It was a privilege to visit all these three places.

St Fagans Museum

I didn’t know about St Fagans Museum, before seeing it on the shortlist for the Museum of the Year. St Fagans won and I’m not surprised why after visiting it. As a historian in the making, I particularly enjoyed seeing the castle (in this picture, there are two at the museum) and the church, beautifully painted as it would have been before the reformation.

The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is my fourth choice. It was breathtaking to see the interior, especially the Banqueting Room. I would gladly visit it again.


After three impressive buildings and a fascinating museum, my last one was a field. You might wonder why my last choice is so inconspicuous. It is soon clear when I mention where this field is: Hastings. It is the location of the battlefield where Harold, King of England, and William the Conqueror fought. I wouldn’t have expected to be moved by seeing a field, but I was. So many people died on this field, many of them defending their kingdom, only a couple of weeks after fighting in the north against the invading Vikings. History is written by the victors and, unfortunately for Harold, he lost that day. William built an abbey on the place of the battlefield. The abbey was destroyed during the dissolution, by one of his descendants.

6 Comment

  1. What a wonderful post. And blog!

    You blog for the same reason I do — to record and cherish the moments of our lives. I like how diverse and interesting your posts are and we share common passions like food. Thanks for visiting my blog which led me here. I’ll be back!

  2. You’ve been to so many places! Impressive! We went to the Hastings battle field recently too- I loved it! It was such a great place. If you are in Kent again, go to Dover Castle, it’s brilliant- I am presuming you have English Heritage membership? This is their most expensive location!
    I think that is really rude that someone asked why you went to Cardiff. People reacted similarly when we said our honeymoon was going to be in Switzerland going around by train. Everyone expects honeymoons must be tropical and I was quite insulted by that.

    1. Your honeymoon sounds amazing!! We went to the Netherlands for ours, it was about 20 degrees colder than Romania, so definitely not tropical.

      We have the English Heritage membership this year and I might renew it, even though I’m thinking of switching to Historic Houses for a year. I want to go to Dover Castle, it must be fab.

  3. I think it’s wonderful that you do so much traveling around the UK, but especially that you enjoy visiting places near your home. I tend to be a homebody at this point in life and when I did travel, it was seldom anywhere close to home. There are many wonderful places within an easy day’s drive of me that I’ve never seen.

    1. Thank you. xx Do try and visit nearby places, if you can, it makes you appreciate so much more where you live.

  4. Love this post, Anca, and I’m so impressed at how much territory you have covered in those six years. That’s quite an accomplishment. Bravo!

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