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3 month honeymoon: England

RH note: This week we’re featuring an amazing three month honeymoon through India, Europe and North Africa. All posts are written by our lovely guest blogger Kate, and photos are by her talented husband Adeet.

Kate says: A note about traveling in Europe… We booked our flights within Europe on the discount airline Ryan Air. We were happy with the low prices, but we did pay in other ways. When we flew from Spain to France, we had to pay an excess baggage fee. We also discovered that the Barcelona and Paris airports used by Ryan Air are actually a good distance outside those cities, so we had to factor in additional travel time (and expense) to get to the airports.

In London we stayed with a friend, which helped us save money in the expensive city. Since we both had previously spent time there, Adeet and I skipped most of the tourist spots and instead decided to take self-guided walking (and eating!) tours. We particularly enjoyed a stroll through the “Little Venice” neighborhood along the Regent’s Canal and fantasized that we could afford to live in one of the posh homes on the water’s edge.

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We stopped for tea at Café Laville on Edgware Road, above. This small restaurant is perched on top of a tunnel entrance and overlooks the canal. The intimate setting and the wonderful view make it an especially romantic spot.

We took another romantic walk, this time around the River Thames to Ham House, a 17th-century home with beautiful historic gardens. Adeet particularly enjoyed this visit because the house is rumored to be haunted!

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A worthy (and high-class) food destination is Fortnum & Mason, above. The 300-year-old store boasts an exclusive selection of jams, biscuits, and chocolates, among other delectables. In addition, there are five restaurants, and we savored afternoon tea at St. James’s Restaurant. From the crisp white linen tablecloths to the fine china to the refined service, this was a very formal and classic English experience.

For something completely different, we trekked to Alpino Café in Islington. There we devoured an artery-clogging English breakfast: bacon, sausage, blood pudding, baked beans, grilled tomato, mushrooms, and toast. When we left, our waitress followed us outside and told us we’d left some money on our table. She apparently wasn’t used to receiving a tip!

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For a “get away,” we traveled with another couple to Bath, approximately 100 miles from London, and stayed in Dorian House, above, a charming bed and breakfast. The house is the picture of Victorian elegance and our room, with a four-poster bed, was perhaps the most romantic of our honeymoon. Dorian House is a short distance from Thermae Bath Spa, where visitors can relax in thermal waters enjoyed by Romans two thousand years ago. Despite its link to ancient history, the spa is modern and guests are offered fluffy white robes and the use of a pool, bath, and steam room. Our favorite was the open-air rooftop pool with a view of the city’s cathedral. We visited the spa in March and despite the cool temperatures, the thermal waters kept us warm.

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After Bath, we drove about 100 miles to the southern county of Devon. We spent a night in Plymouth (where the Pilgrims set sail, and also where I was born). A highlight was hiking through part of Dartmoor National Park. The park is more than 360 square miles and is a beautifully wild, rugged, open expanse. Prehistoric and medieval monuments dot the landscape, as do ruined tin mines. I would recommend joining a guided tour or stopping at a visitor center for a map before venturing out alone. One could quickly get lost in the open moors! We met ponies and sheep during our walk and delighted in these “wildlife” encounters.

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