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Fun in the UK


Ready to see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

On our recent 12-day trip to England, Scotland, and Wales my husband and I took almost 2000 pictures. (That's what happens when your cell phone is easier to whip out than your camera.) Most of those pictures are of the incredible scenery, ancient architecture, and, uh, food I ate.

But one of the things I love to capture when I travel is quirky items, things that make me smile, and those that make me say, “huh?”

You can find better pictures of the UK than I have to offer, but here are a few of the photos I snapped that you probably won't see in a guidebook or on National Geographic. Likely for good reason…

(Click any photo for larger images.)

For more travel fun, check out my Hodgepodge post from our 2010 trip to Europe. What are some odd-to-you or interesting things you've seen while traveling?

Tell your friends!


  1. B


    Last summer we were passing by Joliet on the interstate. My son’s mind twisted the letters a bit, and he wondered aloud why anyone would name a town Joilet, when it sound so much like toilet.

    • Reply

      B: Cute! My son jumbled the letters of the FCUK (French Connection UK) ad on a billboard when he was learning to read. We did the “great job, but don’t ever say that word again” dance. 😉

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    The quirky items you’ve captured are really interesting. Especially because i’ll be moving to London this year 🙂 I am quite surprised that they have a dedicated area for ironing and that Thank God for dollar stores! 🙂

    Looking forward to more from your blog. Cheers!

    • Reply

      How exciting, Jean! This was our second time in London and we really enjoyed it, but it was nice to go beyond into other parts of Britain. Good luck with your move. 🙂

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    Great pictures, Gwen. What a wonderful trip that must have been. And for 12 days! I hope to get there someday, but I’m not sure when that will happen. So thanks for letting me feel like I got to see a little bit of the UK.

    • Reply

      Thanks, Dave! The trip was wonderful. The next best thing to traveling is getting to share the fun with others. 😉 I hope you get there someday!

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