In honor of the big ta-do in London today I thought I’d take a look back to our trip there in September. I tend to be long winded with these things so I’ll break it up into two parts. After 5 days in the City of Love (still need to write about that awesomeness that is Paris), we took the Chunnel to London.
I thought the Chunnel was kind of fun to take. Sure it’s just another train but it’s not often that we get to travel under the English Channel. I do wish I would have sat facing the direction that the train was going though. I felt a little nauseated.
Once we arrived we checked into our apartment and headed out. We were all hungry since we had eaten breakfast quite early in Paris. We headed down the street to a local pub for a pint and some food. Nothing like a fresh English beer at 11 am.
After nourishing ourselves with pub food it was time to get to sightseeing. First stop, Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately you’re not allowed to take pics in the palace, but it was beautiful and HUGE. Not quite as ornate as Versailles but impressive nonetheless.
After our tour, we walked over to Westminster Abbey. Yep, the same place Prince William married Kate Middleton today. Another place you can’t take pictures inside, but I can see why. It is sooo old and just letting tourists and regular parishioner walk around in there has worn down the alter (not allowed on it) and the grave markers on the floor. We saw lots of famous internments. It was like walking through history.
We walked across the street to the Parliament building but a session was going on so we weren’t allowed inside. That was ok because we were getting tired.
We headed back to the apartment, cleaned up and went to the best Indian restaurant I’ve ever been to. The service was impeccable, the food amazing and we didn’t even smell like Indian food when we left. To work off our feast we walked around Piccadilly Circus.
The next day was an early one. We ate some porridge (loved that oatmeal was called porridge) and headed off to our bike tour. I thought this would be a great way to see some places in a short period of time and an activity that Josh’s parents would enjoy. We hopped on our bikes and we off. We did see a lot:
My complaint with the tour was that it was too long and I felt like one our own we could have covered more and spent less time at a few of the places. but it was Josh’s mom’s favorite part of the visit, so well worth it. I was bummed we never made it to St. Paul’s Cathedral or The National Gallery. I suppose someday we’ll just have to go back. We hurried home after the tour to try to make it to tea, but when we arrived at Kensington Palace after a long walk through Hyde Park,
The Orangery was closed due to a power outage.
Part II coming at you next.