Month: October 2019

The Curse of the Purple Dehli Sapphire in the Natural History Museum in London

  The UK has had its fair share of cursed gems, but one of the most intriguing is the Dehli Purple Sapphire. This rather unremarkable stone was mis-identified as a sapphire back in the 19th century, and though it’s actually an amethyst, the name stuck.  Though amethyst has long been believed to have positive spiritual …

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14 Photos That Prove the UK Is One of the Most Magical Places to Spend the Winter

While we’re fans of the UK at any time of year, it’s a particularly magical place to be during the winter and holiday season. Between the lights displays, the cosy old buildings, the bustling Christmas markets, and the possibility of snow on some of the prettiest landscapes you’ll find anywhere, we can’t think of any …

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The Best Places to See Christmas Lights in London: 2019 Edition

The Best Places to See Christmas Lights in London

Though most people prefer to travel to the UK during spring, summer, and autumn, there are a number of distinct advantages to traveling in the winter. Many traditional tourist attractions (like museums) are less crowded, airfare tends to be cheaper, and you’ll often spend less on hotels. The best part of visiting the UK in …

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11 Offbeat Activities & Attractions in London

  Whether you’ve been to London dozens of times before and you need something fresh, or it’s your first trip and you don’t feel like visiting Big Ben and the London Eye, there are plenty of interesting and unusual attractions in London. The best part is that when you’re doing something off the “tourist trail”, …

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What’s the Difference Between American Scones & British Scones

  Not long ago, I saw an American baker post a photo of her scones in a British group, where she was quickly eviscerated. Why? She had made an American-style scone, having no idea it wasn’t the same kind of scone British people are always talking about. In the years we’ve been blogging about British …

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Visit the Ghost of Guy Fawkes in York, England

Most of us have at least a passing familiarity with the name Guy Fawkes, and at some point you’ve probably heard someone say, “Remember, remember, the 5th of November!” Fewer people (outside of the UK, anyway) know much more than that about the history of Guy Fawkes – or his ghost, said to haunt the …

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