Highclere Castle is not only the location for the hit television series Downton Abbey, but the secret lives of some of the castle’s former inhabitants are reflected in the fictional drama. Check out my latest web piece for TODAY entertainment and MSNBC.com!
SPRING BREAK PREVIEW
A few pictures from the Canary Islands and Barcelona — more pictures and comments to come soon!
MUNICH, DACHAU & SALZBURG
First stop, Munich: Above is the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) in the heart of Munich. It is in the center of Munich’s old town. The Rathaus holds Munich’s famous Glockenspiel. The Mariensäule (The Virgin Mary column) in the middle of Marienplatz. We also walked through Munich’s outdoor market, Viktualienmarkt. In addition to selling flowers, trinkets, they sell lots and...
On Wednesday, I went to the Globe Theatre for a press day. This weekend we’re heading to Munich, Germany and Salzburg, Austria. Auf Wiedersehen!
10 DOWNING AND NIGHTLY NEWS
On Monday, I had the opportunity to assist on Brian Williams’ Rock Center interview with Prime Minister David Cameron at his residence, 10 Downing Street. From the ‘Number 10’s website, “10 Downing Street, the locale of British Prime Ministers since 1735, vies with the White House as being the most important political building anywhere in the world in the modern era....
During week 8, we had a walking tour of the Southbank area. Southbank skate park that the city almost shut down has some of the coolest graffiti artwork. Then we went to the Tate Modern museum. ‘ Katie, Katie and I stopped by the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on our way home from class for dinner. The YOCC was built in the 17th century and is located on Fleet Street in the City...
Our trip to Dublin. More pictures and videos coming soon… London -> Dublin Our beautiful bed and breakfast, The Ariel House. Guinness factory. Learned how to pour the “perfect pint.” Viewing deck in Guinness factory. The Irish Times. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. St. Stephen’s Green Got my Irish Coffee…yum. Temple...
For Ash Wednesday, Katie B. and I met at St. Paul’s for church. Occupy London Protesters outside of St. Paul’s Cathedral Here are some recent photos as well:
I had the opportunity to cover Kate’s first public engagement as a royal patron of The Art Room in Oxford. Then, my camera man gave me a nice tour of Bucklebury in Berkshire where the Duchess is originally from. Kate’s childhood home. Local pub in Bucklebury. Mistaken for Kate’s church during the royal wedding, but famous St. Mary the Virgin Church outside of ...
I had the opportunity to cover London Fashion Week.
Here are some pics from the 65th annual BAFTAS. Besides Jean Dujaridin, I’m so lucky I got the chance to interview the following: The Help’s Viola Davis The Help’s Octavia Spencer Daniel Radcliffe Jean Dujardin Interviewing Chris Hemsworth George. (Not pictured: Jonah Hill, Cuba Gooding Jr.) Such a great evening. Check below for my web spot!
My MSNBC.com piece on the BAFTAs. Check back later for pictures.
On Thursday, we took a class field trip to the BBC. We had a great tour around the studios and even got to go into a dressing room used by Madonna, Elton John and Coldplay. We then had an interactive part of our tour. Allie and Brendan got to present the weather, Katie and Katie were BBC broadcasters and Kelsey, Carlie and I had the opportunity to play The Weakest Link. I won...
This weekend, we spent a quiet weekend in London. While shopping on Oxford Street, It was our first sighting of consistent snow fall. This was taken outside of Selfridges, a high end department store. It runs about a block long and is the U.K.’s second largest store next to Harrod’s. Even though it snowed about an inch, people were whipping out their cameras in excitement. I...
On Thursday, we took a school field trip to Bournemouth University. By train, it’s about two hours outside of London. Our tour guide who works at BU received her Masters from Mizzou. BU campus. The first edition of their school newspaper — Not exactly your version of The Maneater. We also got to sit in on one of their lectures, very similar to J2100. One thing that is...
This past weekend, Katie, Katie and I traveled to the lovely city of Norwich, Norfolk which is about 2.5 hours Northeast of London to visit one of Katie’s family friends. On Saturday, we traveled to Southwold, Suffolk, a quaint seaside town. On Sunday, we toured the city of Norwich. BBC building in Norwich Norwich cathedral On Monday, we had a walking tour of...
This week was full of adventures. First stops, Stonehenge and Bath. It took us about an hour to get to Bath from Stonehenge. We’ve had great tour guides and the English countryside was beautiful. While in Bath, we had the opportunity to visit the ancient Roman baths. More photos from Bath. The Royal Crescent Bath Abbey We were told we couldn’t leave without...
This week went really well – officially settled in and beginning to assimilate to the London way of life. We’ve even made some “local” friends from Imperial College, which is the university about 10 minutes away from our flat. I didn’t take these, but this is what it looks like. A bit different than Mizzou: I’m working for the Today Show and I couldn’t be happier! Yesterday, we began our...
Time to Work
I’ve officially begun my internship and taking classes and I couldn’t be more excited. On Monday, the Mizzou crew began our first “British Life and Culture” class. We will be studying the four United Kingdom countries, the different boroughs that make up Britain and the neighborhoods within them. We will also be analyzing British architecture, music, fashion, etc. and how they...
Life in London
I made it! After the scariest and second transatlantic flight of my life, I made it. Out of the hundreds of seats on my 757 flight from Chicago to London, I happened to be seated next to my new friend Brendan, who is a Lambda Chi and print Journalism major at Mizzou. Once we arrived, we were whisked away to our new home, “flat.”We were then greeted and given a tour around our new West...
And I'm off!
Today’s the day! Currently, I’m sitting in the Kansas City airport where I’m getting ready to board my flight to Chicago. After an hour layover, I’ll be off to the U.K., officially saying goodbye to the states and arriving in London at 8a.m. Looking forward to that coffee power hour…Cheerio!
Countdown to London Town
It’s officially three days before I set sail (fly) and embark on the next four month European journey of my life. While I plan to travel the continent, I’ll be staying in the lovely city of London. Cheerio!