Bath England Travel Diary

The last few weeks I’ve been recapping my big trip to England this past October. The previous posts were about Falmouth in Cornwall and can be read here and here. The next portion of the trip was to Bath, England–the land of Jane Austen! This post is a long one, so get comfy!

I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and her work. I’ve grown up with Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Emma, Mansfield Park, etc., and they each have a special place in my heart.

As soon as we got off the train in Bath, it felt like we stepped into a new era. The people and their dress were completely different than those in Falmouth and it felt like a new experience. It also felt a little bit like Harry Potter-land because there were school children running around in their “Hogwarts” uniforms.

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

–Jane Austen

Once we got to our Airbnb, we rested for a bit and dropped off our luggage. Then we began our walk back into town for dinner. I really wanted to plan for our lodging to be close to the train station and most of the places we would be eating.

Cosy Club

Dinner was at Cosy Club–which was a very unique restaurant. The interior was modern, eclectic, yet also had historical components that felt like you were in another time period. We ordered a pot of tea (because, England) a salad, and gluten-free fish and chips (because, why not?). The food was so good and just what we needed after a long day of traveling. Cosy Club was also a great option for finding gluten-free meals.

After dinner, we walked back to our small renovated boathouse, watched Persuasion, and then went to bed. The next morning we slept in a little bit and then got ready for the day.

The Whole Bagel

We had breakfast at The Whole Bagel and ordered coffees and hot bacon sandwiches. If you’ve never had a hot bacon sandwich, you’re missing out. The morning was chilly and drizzly, so we took our time drinking our hot coffee and planning our day. The Whole Bagel had so many sandwiches and bagel options, and each was also served on gluten-free bread. The staff was very knowledgable about Celiac Disease and helped us decide what to order.

After we ate breakfast, we walked around the city and began exploring. The Royal Crescent and the Circus were two landmarks that we wanted to visit. They are both historical rows of terraced houses and are seen/mentioned in many of Jane Austen’s writings.

“Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?”

–Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Next, we went to the Jane Austen Centre for tea and a guided tour. The tea service before the tour was very reasonably priced and they had delicious gluten-free scones. The tour was very enlightening about Jane’s life, work, and time in Bath. I learned that Bath was not always a happy place for Jane and in fact, it was a place of a lot of pain and suffering–and her writings depict many of those feelings. But the city was still beautiful, historical, and quiet.

We walked around the city some more and visited places like the Bath Abbey, The Pump Room, and looked around shops.

By then, we started to get very tired and felt the day catching up with us. We stopped by a local Pret A Manger and grabbed some gluten-free soup and drinks. Pret is a great option for fresh, on-the-go food and there are so many options for different dietary needs. After we ate, we went back to our Airbnb boathouse, watched Northanger Abbey, and then went to bed.

Stay tuned for the upcoming travel post all about London!

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Falmouth Cornwall: A Special Little Harbor Pt. 2​

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you part 1 of my trip to Falmouth, Cornwall in England. Today I’m sharing part 2 and will tell you all about the things that I did during my visit. If you would like to read the first post–click here.

Our first morning there, we got up early and walked down to the high street. High streets are the primary business or city streets in England. It was so quiet in the morning and no one seemed in a rush to get anywhere. The leisurely pace of life is something I definitely wanted to bring back with me to the states. After walking through the high street, we walked down to the harbor. Being near the water, watching the boats rock, and hearing the dinging of bells were definitely highlights of the morning.

After leaving the harbor, we walked through other areas of the town and observed everyday life. The people in this town were so kind and welcoming–and even suggested things we should see in the town.

After we explored the town, we hiked up to Pendennis Castle (a fort constructed by Henry VIII). The views were breathtaking and worth the trek. It did cost to be able to enter the grounds, but I think it would have been a shame to pass up the opportunity.


On our hike back down from the castle, we stopped at a beach cafe and had a hot cup of PG Tips tea. Sitting on the beach, drinking tea with my mom, and looking out to the sea was my favorite part of Falmouth. This special little harbor town left such an impression on my heart and I’ll remember that trip with such fondness.

Washington D.C. Travel Guide #2: Things to See on Your Next Visit

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to go back to Washington DC for the third time, with a couple of my sisters. We had such a good week, despite the weather being hot and humid, exploring the city, navigating DC transportation, eating good food, and seeing some amazing museums. I thought I would share some photos from the trip with you, in case you’re going soon and need some suggestions of things to see. Make sure to read until the end for my food recommendations!

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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This museum just opened in the last year and it is a very popular attraction. You can get tickets online the day before or you can stand in line each day and wait to see if they have tickets available. We waited in line for about an hour and were able to get in that afternoon. This museum was so worth the wait in line because of all the history inside. We went through about 4 floors of African American history that began in the 1400s and ended in current day. The entrance to this museum is free and you should plan to be there at least a few hours.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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The Holocaust Museum was incredible but it was also one of the most weighty “tours” that I’ve been through. We spent quite a bit of time at this museum the week we were there and it was evident by all the staff who worked there that this museum was sacred. The history of before, during, and after the holocaust was shocking, because I never realized how long the holocaust had been happening before if “officially” began. It was also very humbling to hear the taped stories from survivors and what their families went through. I can’t even imagine living during that time because no one could be trusted. There was a Hall of Remembrance, at the end of the exhibit, that had candles by every concentration camp and visitors were able to light one of the candles if they wanted. Visiting this museum made me want to learn even more about world history and the things that no one talks about. While there are exhibits specifically for children to go through, I almost wouldn’t recommend taking small children to this museum. Entrance is free and plan to also spend a few hours there.

Folger Shakespeare Library

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The night we got into the city, there was a screening of Antony and Cleopatra at the Folger Shakespeare Library and it was a taped, live performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. We did have to purchase tickets to see this screening, but it was a fun performance to watch.

Smithsonian National Gallery of Art

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Free art museums! Yay! I’ve been to this museum before but it was nice to go back through and at a different pace. There are several art exhibits consistently on display and plan to spend a few hours there.

Other Smithsonian Museums we visited:

-National Air and Space Museum–We actually watched one of the premiering showtimes of Dunkirk in the IMAX at the museum. The movie was incredible and had such a different focus/tone from other World War 2 movies. It follows 3 different stories from land, sea, and air and over 3 different time spans. While there were loud noises and explosions, there was no blood or gore in this film. I highly recommend the movie!

-National Museum of Natural History–The Hope Diamond is housed in this museum.

-National Museum of American History–Julia Child’s kitchen is in this museum!

-National Zoological Park–go when it’s cooler and you have an entire day.

Library of Congress

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The architecture of this building is just amazing!! We didn’t stay there long but we mainly just walked around, looking up. Entrance is also free at the Library of Congress.

National Archives

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If you want to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other documents, go check out the National Archives! Entrance is free but you will have to stand in line to see the documents. And just take this little bit of advice, do not pull out a water bottle or drink from a water bottle while in the building. You will get yelled at. No, it wasn’t me but it was a loud and tense conversation to witness.

Jefferson Memorial

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United States Capitol

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Washington Monument and The Reflecting Pool on the National Mall

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Lincoln Memorial

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The White House

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Potomac River

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Pitango Gelato

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Pitango was SO good! There were many Boomarangs made here because of how happy/excited we were to be eating such yummy gelato! We kept seeing this place recommended online and decided to give it a try one night. You should definitely try their gelato next time you go to DC. The first photo is Sicilian Almond and Chocolate, the second is Mojito and Crema, and then the third is an Affogato of espresso and Vanilla. So good!!

Founding Farmers

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Founding Farmers is an absolute must place to visit if you’re in DC. The food is locally sourced, fresh, and the wait staff is knowledgeable of gluten free options. I’ve been here once before and really wanted to take my sisters to experience brunch. We ordered traditional breakfast food and it was just what we needed for a long day of exploring. I have had their coffee in the past, also, and it’s delicious!

Rise Bakery

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What do you do when you have 2 sisters with Celiac Disease, a completely gluten-free bakery in DC, and a bunch of Lyft coupons—um you go 3 of the 5 mornings that you’re in the city. Even though the bakery was half way across the city, I can’t even tell you how worth it it was to go as many times as we did. This bakery has gluten free everything–bagels, croissants, eclairs, bread, muffins, cake, cinnamon rolls, brownies, sandwiches, cold brew coffee, etc. If you have Celiac Disease, or eating gluten free is just a personal preference, you HAVE to visit Rise Bakery and eat one of everything. I wonder if they ship to Oklahoma?

I hope you are inspired to go visit DC and that I’ve given you plenty of things to see and eat while you’re there!

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