Sunday, April 2, 2017

Our Trip to London

Buckingham Palace

London.. there's so much to say about London! I can't believe last week we were in the heart of this lovely city. We traveled over Daniel's spring break, which meant the weather was a bit chilly for us. But it gave us the chance to use our boots and coats! Super cute! Weather was in the 50's and we had a few good days of sunny weather.

We were fortunate enough to be able to stay with long-time friends, and then take the train wherever we wanted to go. During our 9 days overseas, we spent about 3 days in London, and used the other days to visit other towns in southeast England.

Westminster Bridge

Some of my favorite moments in London include...

  • Touring Westminster Abbey The inside is stunning, with it's statues and mausoleums. It really blew me away.
  • Walking along Westminster Bridge (photo above) This connects Big Ben and Parliament to the London Eye. You walk over the river Thames, and feel like you are in the heart of it all. 
  • Seeing Daffodils in the Parks So gorgeous! 
  • Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens The ample green space and parks are just amazing. If I lived in London, I would walk in the park every day. We saw lots of people biking, jogging, and playing with their dogs. 

St. James's Park

We were fortunate enough to have locals come with us into the city and help us navigate all the streets. It was so special to have our first experience in the U.K. be with British friends. We did get one day in London on our own, and we didn't have too much trouble navigating. We did pretty darn good on the subway!

Westminster Abbey

I won't go into great length on all the spots we hit, but we did get to see all the famous and historic sites. The Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, St. James's Park, Charing Cross Station, King's Cross Station, the Underground, etc. 

Overall, I really loved London. It's a very clean and safe city. It was super easy to fly there, as there's a direct flight route from Orlando to London. Both Daniel and I agree that if you're going to do Europe for the first time, London is your best bet, and not just because they speak English. I promise that you'll feel like you already know a bit about this country, thanks to US history classes you took as a kid. 

More posts on our U.K. trip to come!

City of Bath
Kensington Palace and Hampton Court

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