Claire Moss @clm107

I'm a student, intern, traveler (currently on a year abroad), ice coffee and dark chocolate lover and these are a few of my favorite things...
myerasmus:

When the administration tells me the papers I need to do for erasmus.

Welcome to Italy!

myerasmus:

When the administration tells me the papers I need to do for erasmus.

Welcome to Italy!

Il Duomo a Milano

Il Duomo a Milano

Last photo from London for a bit! I will share pictures from Milan ASAP (the whole school thing is getting in the way for now).  xx 

Last photo from London for a bit! I will share pictures from Milan ASAP (the whole school thing is getting in the way for now).  xx 

At the end of the tour of Buckingham Palace there is a garden cafe to stop and grab a tea, coffee, or snack. Almost the same as having high tea with the Queen!

At the end of the tour of Buckingham Palace there is a garden cafe to stop and grab a tea, coffee, or snack. Almost the same as having high tea with the Queen!

I loved visiting Buckingham Palace. It has been a busy few years for the royal family and it was exciting to see all of the Prince George silverware in person after following it on the news all year.  

Queen Victoria statue with Big Ben in the background! 

I loved visiting Buckingham Palace. It has been a busy few years for the royal family and it was exciting to see all of the Prince George silverware in person after following it on the news all year.  

Queen Victoria statue with Big Ben in the background! 

Monet at The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square
The gallery is full of masterpieces and the square is alive with street entertainers and food trucks. 

Monet at The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square

The gallery is full of masterpieces and the square is alive with street entertainers and food trucks. 

London Fashion Week - It was very cool to see proud Brits supporting their national designers.  The vibe was obviously fashion forward but not intimidating.  There was plenty to see even though I didn’t have FROW seats.  

London Fashion Week - It was very cool to see proud Brits supporting their national designers.  The vibe was obviously fashion forward but not intimidating.  There was plenty to see even though I didn’t have FROW seats.  

Macarons at Tea Time 

Macarons at Tea Time 

London - Buckingham Palace and Big Ben

It all begins!

I am going to start documenting my adventures here to share with family and friends! 

I don’t want to bore anyone so I will keep it short and sweet, but I can already tell this is going to be an incredible year! I started with a week in London visiting my cousin, Kathryn.  It is a big jump moving across the ocean so it was great being able to see her new flat and spend time with family.  The weather was typical London fog and drizzle with the sun breaking through later in the afternoon. 

I am going to try to share a transportation tip, restaurant recommendation, and shopping spot for every city I visit! 

Travel, Eat, Style:

1. TAKE THE TUBE - so much cheaper than cabs and easy to navigate, especially if you are staying in zones 1&2.  I walked most places because I had time, but if you have a smartphone download “Moovit” to help you navigate the shortest path from point a to point b.  

2. Kaffeine: London is expensive but Kaffeine is reasonable! This a great fresh soups and sandwiches spot with great coffee and a cozy place to sit in the rain.  (http://www.kaffeine.co.uk/ - 66 Great Titchfield Street)

3. Oxford St.: Primark! So cheap - they have fine quality basics for practically nothing.  The famous street, home of Selfridges, has everything and is conveniently located on the subway line.  It is walking distance to Soho and the Palace.  (http://www.primark.co.uk/)

Highlights from (this trip to) London: 

Tour of Buckingham Palace: It was great to see the staterooms.  There is an incredible art collection and the architecture is amazingly detailed.  Each room has a different theme and a number of the treasures gifted to the royal family are on display.  This may only be open in the summer so be careful! 

Trafalgar Square: This central square stands out because it felt very alive.  There were talented performers and food trucks to try.  You can visit The National Gallery for free! It has some of the most famous paintings in the world and a manageable size to walk through in an afternoon.  

ICA show at Selfridges: I was lucky enough to get to attend the opening of A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now at the old Selfridges Hotel and it was amazing.  It was great seeing the eccentric London art scene (think men in fur coats undies and not much else).  (http://www.ica.org.uk/38334/Exhibitions/ICA-OffSite-A-Journey-Through-London-Subculture-1980s-to-Now.html

Extra, Extra: 

This list of the 5 must have apps for London comes from Home From Home (I have not tried these apps yet but I plan on returning to London soon…so to be continued…): 

1. CityMapper 
Citymapper tells you how to get from A to B in London. Using real time information for all transport types, it guides you home or to a chosen location. (iOS & Android, Free)

2. Secret London 
A clever collaborative app that lets Londoners share interesting places and new and exciting things to do. Find those hidden gems that Londoners love. (iOS, £0.69)

3. Changing The Guard 
Find all the information needed to understand this ceremony, including a timetable of events and an interactive map of the Guards’ route relative to your location. (iOS, £0.69)

4. Hailo 
Don’t worry about hailing a taxi, simply tap your app to call a cab. The app will tell you how many minutes you’ll have to wait and you can even pay the driver by card. (iOS & Android, Free)

5. TopTable 
A ‘mobile website’ rather than an ‘app’, TopTable can tell you the places to eat nearest a chosen London location, it gives ratings and even shows availability. (Mobile website, Free)

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