London Round 2: March 29-31

I was lucky enough to get a second trip to London, FOR FREEEE!

We got put up in an extremely nice hotel, where I took full advantage of the bathtub. We got there around 11:00 pm on Friday night and found our way to the hotel using the tube (I only got turned around once)! It was already late so we ordered a pizza & stayed in for the night. I think I took an hour long bubble bath, refusing to get out!

Saturday we had a walking tour lined up. We got to see Parliament & hear Big Ben strike before we began our tour of Westminster Abbey. It was beautiful, it holds centuries worth of history that would have taken me days to see it all. Mostly I couldn’t believe I was standing in the same place the Queen was inaugurated and Princess Kate said “I do”. An interesting fact is that I always thought my last name was German, but while walking through the church I found the Barnes family crest. Just chalk that up to another reason why I love London!
We continued our tour by seeing Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, & 10 Downing Street. Then we hopped on a boat and road down the river to Tower Hill. There was so much to see at the Tower of London that we didn’t get to see it all! However, we did get to see the best part…the crown jewels! They were extravagant. I think it was around 5:00 and all of us were worn out! We hailed a taxi back to our hotel and I took a lonnng nap. I woke up to go out to dinner just in time to hear the fire alarm going off and the building being evacuated. I felt like I was back in UCF & needed to meet the police with the master key(RA humor). When we got back from supper hankfully our hotel was still there!

 

EASTER SUNDAY-This was a day like no other. It was hard to be away from family on this day, nothing was traditional! I’m used to waking up at 6:00 & rushing to my Easter basket then going to sunrise service with my family in my small town church. Instead, I slept til noon, there was no basket, I went to a 12:15 mass with 2,000 other people where I knew no one. It was also my first time going to a Catholic mass. Needless to say the poor boy sitting beside me got tired of all the questions pretty quickly! After church I usually spend time a nana’s taking a nap until I eat a home cooked meal. Instead, I walked for an hour to eat Chipotle. Don’t worry, it gets even sadder. After lunch we usually have a big Easter egg hunt & spend the rest of the day together. Instead, I got lost in London & spent my night in an airport full of strangers. The highlight of my day was Skyping my family for 20 minutes. It definitely wasn’t the ideal Easter, Mama made it very clear that it would be the last holiday I spent so far away!

Even after the dreadful day London is still one of my favorite cities. I would never get tired of it!

 

London (Spring Break part 2: March 21 & 24)

LONDON! YAY!

After having a little trouble with customs in Paris I made it to London. They seemed to think it was odd I was going to London for 3 days with only 10 euro and no destination. Oh well…

The Euro Star was an experience in itself, and once I was at the train station it wasn’t hard to spot Lauren! A blonde in London!

Then the fun really began. Lauren wasted no time making sure I saw the ENTIRE city! Let me just lost them off:

Sky Bar
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben & Parliament
London Eye
10 Downing Street- Home of the Prime Minister
Buckingham Palace
Trafalger Square
Piccadilly
Leicester Square
Harrods
Hyde Park
Kensington Park
Kensington Palace: Will & Kate’s house
Victoria Apollo Theatre to see Wicked!
Then back to…
Big Ben
London Eye
Piccadilly
Leicester Square
Piccadilly

Needless to say I was completely exhausted by the end of that day! I can’t even name a favorite part, I loved it all!! The experience of a lifetime was definitely getting to see Wicked. I bought the tickets about a month ago to take Lauren for her birthday. It was my first experience of Broadway, and it was everything I dreamed. I thought I would be too exhausted to stay awake and watch it since I had been up since 4 a.m., but I was mesmerized.

Saturday:

Soitalfields Market
Borough market
Ride the London Eye
Camden Town Market
NottingHill and Portobello Road Market
Platform 9 3/4
Tower Bridge
Tower of London

Today was special because 1. I ate the best grilled cheese EVER! 2. I rode the London Eye. I was discoursed when I woke up sick, but I didn’t let it slow me down. I just popped in some Advil & Vitamin C! I loved browsing through all the markets & sampling food. I got to ride the London Eye, at first I was bummed because it was overcast and snowing (it snowed all weekend), but it was BEAUTIFUL seeing London from that view with snow falling on it.

Sunday:

Brick Lane
24 hour bagel place

As you can see it was a fun field weekend & I loved every minute of it with my best friend. It was the perfect home sick remedy! I can officially say I have mastered riding the tube, since I rode it over 100 times in the period of 3 days! Lauren definitely planned the best weekend for me. When we weren’t touring or out adventuring, we were laying in bed watching movies or talking about One Direction. It felt like home!