travels to york, england

when i left for my 10 day trip to england, i had butterflies in my stomach. i wasn't even feeling like taking a trip (which is completely unlike me). 

but what i've realized is whenever i travel, i need to take a lot of time for myself. so before heading to the do what you love retreat, i booked a day before and a few days after for myself in york, england!

i made sure to travel light...

and had so much fun wandering these amazing cobblestone streets!

the first day i arrived, i'd been awake for almost 24 hours. i couldn't check in to my hotel right away, so i wandered York.

i felt like i was living in a wonderful movie!

i walked along the river...

stopped at the sweetest cafes...

and sipped one of the best cappuccinos i think i've ever had...topped with shaved chocolate and served with a little dipping biscuit.

i stopped and enjoyed ice cream...

then wandered some more, admiring the colorful doorways...

sweet cottages,

and architecture....

and before i headed off to the retreat, i simply had to have another lovely cappuccino! i think this one was even sweeter...

then when i got back to york from the retreat, i had all of this paint i simply had to use up!

so i set up a little studio in my hotel room and finished a few paintings i'd been working on in flora bowley's class! 

and as much as i loved painting in my room, i couldn't stay inside the entire time. so i rode in this amazing elevator...

enjoyed this most amazing hotel lounge...

hopped on the train...

 admired the countryside,

ate so much good food...

and wandered and painted some more until it was time for me to return home.


later this week...i've got so many more photos and stories i can't wait to share from the do what you love retreat and class with flora bowley! 

AND some really good news to share too! 


  1. x lovely to see York through your eyes, Juliette!

  2. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing...I have never been there, so it was lovely to see. :)

  3. So nice to travel round York a little bit with you here! :)

  4. loved your photos and enthusiasm...

  5. york is so beautiful and such an adorable place :)

  6. Hello lady! Nice to hear your tales. Glad you had a fun time in York. Funnily enough I'm going there tomorrow to interview a lady (for the book) who makes AMAZING paper fairy lights so I will think of you walking the cobblestone streets and drinking cappucinos! Much love xxx

  7. Isn't that just the cutest icecream van you have ever seen? Love York - so happy you got to see it. Can't wait to see your other posts and hear your good news...

  8. Glad you had a lovely time in York before and after retreat - fun to see your view of the city.Look forward to your other posts. Rh x

  9. York is so beautiful, one of my favourite cities. I am so glad you decided to stop by.

  10. These photos are amazing. I can really feel the atmosphere.

    I came here to tell you that I read about your owls in Somerset, and I loved them so much, I used your outline, and painted one yesterday for my husband. He loved it. I has such a fun time painting her, and I wanted to share her with you! I posted it on my blog, and of course gave you thanks for the ability to paint her!

    Cheers! Can't wait to hear your good news!

  11. Wow! What fantastic pictures! I really felt like I was there, myself, enjoying this little adventure with you!!

    I can't wait to see and hear more about it :)

  12. I enjoyed hearing about your trip to York. I can quite understand you wanting time to yourself before and after the retreat, sometimes its just good to have some quiet time and go at your own pace. I love York. Did you come across Duttons for Buttons? I took some beautiful photos inside the shop - it certainly is a place to take wonderful photos as yours go to show. Look forward to hearing more about your visit.

  13. These photos are wonderful. What a dream come true it must have been for you. I know what you mean about your need to have some down time before you start traveling. Next year I hope to go to England!! Keep my fingers crossed! Can't wait to see your other photos.

  14. Wow. Looks like an amazing place. I'm glad you had time to enjoy things on your own... A little jealous of that, actually. ;)

  15. thank you, everyone!

    i can't believe i didn't come across the button store...next time, for sure!


  16. oh great photos!...York is such a lovely place full of character. Hope you can make it to north of the border on your next trip too :)x

  17. Wonderful photos:)I was thinking to visit it next here:)


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