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Teignmouth at sunset

I’ve blogged before about the idyllic little Devon seaside village, where my husband grew up – Teignmouth.

For those who haven’t been, check out this drone video taken at sunset – it’s a little moment of zen.

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You know you’re back in America when …

Cereal aisle

Katrina Witt/Getty Images

I enjoyed reading this “You know you’re back in America when …” posted to the Matador Network.

If you’ve ever lived abroad for any amount of time, this will appreciate these – for me, I remember vividly being struck by #1, #3 and #15 after spending my first few months in the U.K. and then returning to California for Christmas.

What’s your best “You know you’re back in America when …” tell-tale sign?

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

Oh, London! I love you for your utter whimsy! Check out the celebration that took place this weekend in Trafalgar Square to mark International Pillow Fight Day. Organised by Urban Playground Movement, the fight rules were simple: don’t hit anyone with a camera and don’t hit anyone without a pillow.

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

Do you know how to take the Underground like a Londoner?

London Underground dog

Well, first of all, apologies for the radio silence! I have been super busy at work and juggling the being a present parent thing and trying to keep the laundry done and the dishes washed and so on and so on, all while keeping up with watching the latest episode of “Girls.” It’s a struggle, let me tell you!

Anyway, I’m back on board and wanted to share this Buzzfeed quiz, assessing one’s ability to take the Underground like a Londoner. Go on and take it and let me know how you do!

I was very proud to have achieved “Tube Pro” status. “You’re either a Londoner, or just a great human being. You have a healthy regard for personal space, but also the patience that comes with travelling long distances underground. Well done you.” *sigh*

I’ll tell you once a London Undergrounder, always a London Undergrounder! It’s still in my blood so many years later! (But thankfully my nose is clear and not packed with black soot like it used to be from my daily commute!)

Best-selling music artists by London borough

London Borough map

Love this London map, which lists the best-selling music artist from each borough! Thanks to Tory for the tip!

Coffee shop London Tube map

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a London Tube map of all of the best coffee shops nearby? Behold!

Coffee for London Tube Map

It was created by Chris Ward, who’s no stranger to good coffee!

London Underground at home

London Canvas, Black and White, Subway Sign Poster

Look what I found on Etsy! Nice, right? It’s handmade and is priced at $140. The seller, GoingUnderground, specializes in subway art prints that pay homage to cities around the world and they ship worldwide.

They also offer these – so you can select the Tube stations that mean the most to you:

More London Underground signs

London Underground signs

London Underground signs

Fake London Underground signs

Wow. Someone has posted these fake London Underground signs on the Underground and they really are quite something!

Here are just a few…

Fake London Underground sign

Fake London Underground sign

Fake London Underground sign

London Underground sign
London Underground sign

See the rest of the Tube signs and try NOT to smile ….

London’s futuristic new bike highway?

SkyCycle

Check out SkyCycle, a proposal of a revolutionary network of traffic-free cycle routes in London, that could accommodate up to 12,000 riders an hour! What do you think? Amazing, right?

London Underground pulls all-nighters

London Underground

I can’t believe it! Starting 2015, the London Underground’s Jubilee, Victoria and stretches of the Central, Northern and Picadilly lines will run all night on Fridays and Saturdays. This is epic! Amazing! Life changing!

Not convinced? Check out Buzzfeed.com’s “15 Ways that All-Night Tubes will Change Your Life.”