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When I was in London, one place I really wanted to go to was Richmond. Once I heard there was a huge park with deer, I knew I had to go.
Richmond is very easy to get to by tube if you are anywhere near the District Line but it took me ages since I was coming from the east and Richmond is at the west end of the District Line.
In the few hours I was there, I was able to walk around the tiny streets, as well as see Richmond Park. I can’t explain to you how beautiful Richmond is. It doesn’t even feel like you are in London. They say a picture says a thousand words, so I’m just going to leave you with some photos. They don’t do it justice though.
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Martin Parnell. Martin is an international speaker and author who is currently driving through Canada raising money for Right to Play.
He is doing 10 quests to raise $1 million for the charity and this is his last quest. He is driving from Squamish, British Columbia to Sackville, New Brunswick in 26 days while attempting to break 10 records at 10 universities across the country. Some of the records include: the biggest game of volleyball and the biggest game of quidditch.
I got in contact with Martin through Ten Thousand Coffees, which is a website that “connects students, recent grads, and young professionals with leaders and established professionals over a cup of coffee to share insights and spark ideas that will plant the seeds of future opportunities”.
Being a keynote speaker, completing 250 marathons in a year and cycling through Africa, our chat was more inspiring than I could have ever imagined. We talked about his experiences, along with what I personally had planned for the future, including this blog.
The next day, Martin was playing the biggest game of European Handball at Wilfred Laurier University. I wasn’t able to make it to the event, but they successfully broke the record! You can read more about the events and follow Martin on his blog.
Ten Thousand Coffees is a wonderful idea and I am very thankful that they made this possible, and to Martin for taking a few minutes out of his busy schedule to meet. I would definitely recommend that any young Canadians take a look at the site and the experts listed, because you never know who you’ll find.
You can find Martin’s website here and Facebook page here
Right to Play Canada here.
And, as always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with my travels. I am also selling travel prints on my Etsy store.
I guess it’s time I do part three of my road trip from Toronto to Baltimore and back. You can find part one here.
On our way back from Baltimore, we stopped in a couple little towns for pit stops, but made our over night stop in Corning, NY. It was such a cute little town. They had a great downtown area with cafés, second hand shops and gift shops. Corning is also known for its glass museum.
The Corning Museum of Glass is 4 floors of beautiful glass pieces. They offer live shows and activities for children. We saw the glass blowing demonstration and it was amazing.
We stayed at the Comfort Inn and it was one of the best hotel experiences ever. Complimentary freshly baked cookies, excellent service at the front desk and a great breakfast.
And of course, what’s a trip without visiting a cemetery (if you would like to learn more about my love for cemeteries, read this post). I forget exactly where this was, it might have been in Pennsylvania. It was a little cemetery in the middle if a teeny town. The one thing I love about American cemeteries is the amount of flags. A Canadian flag is rarely seen in cemeteries here, sadly.
I think that finally covers most of the road trip. I’d say it was a huge success for my first official one. Now it’s time to start planning the next one!
I realized that there are a few things that I have crossed off my bucket list that I haven’t written about. Many items are those I completed while in London. As I have admitted in previous posts, I am a huge sucker for the Royal Family, so of course I had to visit the Tower of London and see the Crown Jewels, etc.
The first time I went, I was with a friend and the line to see the Crown Jewels was HUGE. I felt bad making her wait in line so I went back a second time (I’m so hardcore). I can’t find any photos of them so my guess is they didn’t allow you to take pictures, but trust me, they were gorgeous.
The Tower give you a great view of Tower Bridge and they have some really interesting items such as armour, furniture and thrones. Definitely a must-see attraction in London.