Sitting in the airport, fully awake after two shots of espresso in our cappuccino😳, I’m just now having the chance to update the blog with our last stop, London.
Excited to go somewhere after check-in,
we walked to Harrod’s (we were staying in the Kensington area, so it was a 15 minute walk). Although it may not have been the most authentic place to order fish-n-chips, we couldn’t resist the lure of their Food Hall.
The next day was chock full of sightseeing, figuring out the “tube,” bus system (a double decker, of course),and going in this order:
Inside the abbey, I especially enjoyed Poet’s Corner, seeing the memorials for some of my favorite writers (too many to name but including Robert Browning, Chaucer, and Wordsworth). No pictures were allowed inside, unfortunately. The audio tour is part of the admission cost and very worthwhile.
In the same area of the abbey is Parliament Square, the House of Parliament, and Big Ben (now named Elizabeth’s Tower).
What — you don’t recognize it?? Haha. Big Ben is getting some restorative work done from August 2017-2021, at least. At least they left the face uncovered!
Above: Thames River view in opposite direction (Big Ben was behind me).
Next, I’d like to say that we enjoyed a walk through St. James Park, but I’d be telling a half truth. Instead, we survived a walk through it! Although very picturesque and shaded by lovely trees, those same trees were dropping something that set off our allergies like crazy!!! 😫 We thought it was just us, but suddenly it seemed as if everyone around us was sneezing, coughing, and sniffling, too. Even worse, you’d be walking along and unexpectedly would get hit in the eye by those brown tree droppings (sorry I don’t know what they were or have a better word!), so now your eyes are stinging and watering and there’s no escape as it’s a sizable park!!!! It’s hilarious looking back on it, with everyone suffering through it together, but it wasn’t very fun at the time.
At least on the other side, we finally made it to Buckingham Palace!!
We also walked by the Churchill War Rooms but opted not to go inside, and then headed to Trafalgar Square, which is the city center and is named after a British naval victory during the Napoleonic Wars.
Oh, and I can’t forget to mention our side trip to Oxford Street (I can see why they call that area plus Piccadilly a “circus,” as it is a madhouse of people and shops!). It seems to be the Times Square of London, if that gives you an idea.
Here’s the view from the double decker
We loved Liberty of London’s four story store:
Sorry these are out of order; we did the shopping before Trafalgar Square, but it’s too hard to edit it from my phone😜.
We’d planned to head back to the hotel but realized we could easily fit in Kensington Palace first, so we did that, too.
It was a beautiful, peaceful area, like a calm oasis in the noisy city.
The sun sets late in London, so the extra hours of daylight afforded us ample time before heading back to the hotel. We even saw the Kensington campus of Richmond University, where Maggie Burch will be heading.
Whew! Are you tired yet?? What a day! The nice part was that on Sunday, we could relax a bit and enjoy a slower pace.
Declan got a haircut
We had afternoon tea
Watched part of the Gran Prix
And had pizza for dinner nearby.
We’ve had a lovely time in London. We joked, however, that we’ve had more trouble understanding the accents here than anywhere else we’ve traveled!!🤣🤣 London attracts people from all over the world, so you have their accents to contend with plus the various dialects of the English. It’s all been interesting and has been a nice way to end our European adventure.
We’ll now travel all day, not getting home until 10:00 tonight.
Happy Memorial Day to you all, and thanks for traveling with us!!😘🇺🇸
p.s. I’m not proofreading this entry, so please excuse any typos or mistakes. I’m almost out of WiFi time and almost at check-in.