Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Travel Log: Dover, England (Gal-entines Day 2015)

Valentine's Day can seem kind of depressing when you're living 3,500 miles away from your boyfriend. I was studying in London from January until the end of April so when February came around I had already been away from Derek for weeks. I was loving my life in London but already felt a sense of dread when thinking about the holiday. Luckily, me and a few friend decided to make a day out of it! My first ever, "Gal-entines Day"! We took the train to a cute coastal town called Dover, England to see the infamous white cliffs. Despite it being a chilly day, it was so refreshing to be by the sea. 

The white cliffs were magnificent and absolutely breath-taking. I don't know what I was thinking, I was aware that we would be hiking up to the top before we left but I was also determined to wear a super cute Valentine's Day outfit. So, I ended up hiking the cliffs in a Topshop mini skirt and heeled booties, casual. Oh - and I couldn't forget my red lipstick either. This was my first glimpse at UK countryside which I absolutely adored! Later in April I got to see Scotland and Ireland, which were equally as gorgeous. 

Man oh man was it muddy. Like, so muddy we were slipping and sliding and praying we wouldn't fall face down into a pile of sludge. When we got to the top of the cliffs we saw a sign that stated that France was only 22 miles away! Crazy! There were people on horses and there was cattle at the top as well. When we would just stand and take in the sight, it was so relaxing and peaceful. It was such a different experience than our lives in London. 

Later, we ate at a pub called "The White Horse" which had a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. All over the walls were the names and signatures of the people who have swam the English Channel. As someone who can't swim, I literally can't imagine what it's like to swim the channel. I got fish and chips along with a cider and it was all delicious and seemed better than any of the fish and chips I had in London. Small towns will surprise you like that. Another surprise that absolutely everything closed by 5pm. We weren't expecting that and our train wasn't until 9 or 10 that night so we were a little thrown off. We ended up going out for dessert and wine and then seeing 50 Shades of Grey (haha, no shame) to wrap up the night. It was possibly one of the best Valentine's Days I've ever had. 

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  1. Dover is beautiful, I had learned about it at uni but never did I expect it to be this beautiful. I love the idea of Galentines day, brilliant. My sister's boyfriend lives abroad, so this seems like something fun to do with her next year. Btw, all of your outfits are stunning!

    Phoebe Xx

  2. You go girl hiking a mountain in a mini skirt. Also that a little weird place closed at 5pm. 7pm I get since most everything in Europe close's at that time.


  3. That is such an awesome idea for a Galentines Day! When my husband I first started dating, we were long distance for over two years! It was always so hard! Love all your looks and your pictures are beautiful!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  4. What a fun memory to make with your friends!! I used to have Galentines Day with my friends in college every year!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Lovely photos! Sounds like you had a lot of fun!


  6. What gorgeous pictures!! Makes me ready to travel again!!


    La Joie de Vivre

  7. wow great pics

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  8. I never was in Dover, seems like you had great time with your friends :-) Lovely pictures :-)

  9. Such a gorgeous location and wonderful photos!

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  10. You look so happy here, Chelsea! Looks like you really enjoyed the wonderful company and the incredible nature.

    xoxo Ira

  11. I have never been there (yet) but it looks beautiful. Reminds me of Ireland <3 :)
    We also had a period of long distance relationship. Not easy but it's so nice to manage it together and make it work in the end :) Gal-entines Day does sound fun though ;)
    xox Nadia

  12. What an amazing Valentine's day! I think it's great that you wore the skirt. Dover looks like such a beautiful place to visit.


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