On our final weekend across the pond, we were given the greatest gift England has to offer. Sun. Lots of it. Sun and gorgeous blue skies and mild temps. So, while we wanted to go somewhere new, we didn't want to go too far, lest we outrun the sunshine. So we decided on Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
This is The Pantiles, a little pedestrianized area with lots of shops and cafes. It's named after the clay tiles that were used to pave the walkways.
Jason's sniffer correctly identifies this as lavender. We were walking by and he goes "Hey! Something smells like my closet." Clever boy. (I use dried lavender and cotton balls soaked in lavender essential oil in lieu of icky smelling moth balls.)
Ummm, a church? I dunno. I had to pee so I was kind of rushing us through this last little bit of our tour.
As the trip wore on, we got a bit nostalgic for ol' Richmond-upon-Thames so we made sure we made it back in plenty of time for lots of Sunday goodness. Namely, one last Sunday roast (an English institution if there ever was one) at the Rose and Crown...
And some English brew on the deck.
Finally, our last Richmond Hill sunset... We took our last bottle of Chateau Mauvezin from our Bordeaux trip up to the hill and enjoyed the views.
And that's it. Monday was a flurry of stuffing all the leftover crap laying around the flat into our suitcases and paying final bills. Tuesday, we flew. Fittingly enough, all weekend and all day Monday was beautiful weather. Tuesday, we woke to rainfall. All the better to disguise the tears that ran down my cheeks.
In closing, a look at our time in London, by the numbers:
6 Jason Mraz concerts
32 musicals, plays, operas and ballets
41 teacups collected (antique and new)
6 London museums
8 fashion exhibits and shows
31 English palaces, castles and cathedrals
14 English Heritage properties
12 formal afternoon teas
107,345 blog hits (as of Tuesday September 30)
12 blog hits on the day of my first post
444 blog hits on the day we left London
And countless picnics, pubs, pints, hangovers, laughs and tears...
It came and went in a blur. And yet I remember almost every moment with unbelievable clarity. Some of them I'll tuck away for keeps. Some I hope to forget sooner than later. Either way, they are all part of who I am today and who I will be tomorrow and a thousand tomorrows from now.