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LONDON ENGLAND

April 26, 2016

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It’s crazy to think about how long it’s taken me to sit down and write this post about a trip Isaac and I took over a month ago! But I suppose better late than never, right?

London was one of the places on our 4 city trip that I was most excited to go to. On our first day, we took the Tube (which is fascinatingly cleaner and quieter than the subway I am used to) to Westminster because Westminster Abbey was first on the to-do list. Since I didn’t do quite as much planning ahead as I had originally planned, to my surprise the first thing we saw when we emerged from underground was Big Ben! And may I just say that Big Ben is much more ornate and beautiful than pictures let on. After trying to take a picture that didn’t get one of the many many tourists also in the area caught in the background (I thought that since we were traveling in February there wouldn’t be that many tourists–I was very wrong), we headed over to the giant line at Westminster Abbey and popped open our umbrella to greet our first London rain shower. Just like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey was so much more beautiful than I had imagined, and so much bigger!

Day 2 in London was Valentine’s Day, and also the celebration of the Chinese New Year! We perused a couple of museums, explored the local festivals for the new year (and I proceeded to buy a very over-priced but totally worth it banana Nutella crepe), and headed back to our Airbnb before our very romantic dinner. Since I wasn’t really familiar with the area, I foolishly left our Valentine’s dinner reservation to a couple of nights before the actual day. However, we ended up going to a wonderful restaurant called The Delaunay at 10:00PM. Now I had no problem with a late dinner, however, being from New York we had never considered that the metro might actually close for the night. To our surprise, when we arrived at the Covent Gardens station the entryway was barred shut! Although this was a downer, there really was a bright side because we got to ride in one of those classic black London taxis and it was pretty cool.

We spent most of day 3 at the British Museum, where I proceeded to take lots of pictures of the Rosetta Stone. I also took this opportunity to break in my brand new pair of Doc Martens that I had purchased 2 days prior. I’ve had my eye on a pair of classic black Doc Martens for a while, but I figured since they are an English brand why not buy them in England?

I totally packed our last day in London full of the typical touristy things that I of course had been dying to do since day 1. We took a ride on the London Eye (the individual pods are SO much bigger than I had realized!), visited Buckingham Palace, walked over Tower Bridge, and I took a picture in a red phone booth. 🙂 My biggest surprise of that day was finding multiple giant white pelicans in the park near the palace; I was so confused yet pleasantly surprised after reading a sign that said “please don’t feed the pelicans.” I don’t know about you but I thought they were strictly a tropical bird!

The next morning we left to catch our train to Paris. I wanted to get a quick picture at Platform 9 3/4 to satisfy my inner Harry Potter obsession, but again with the tourists (silly of me to complain since I am in fact a tourist myself 🙂 )! The line for a photo at 8AM was 45 minutes long!!!! Unfortunately, we didn’t have that much time to spare, so I will one day have to return to King’s Cross to get that photo!

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  • Reply Viviene Kok August 17, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Missing London already! Did you visit the ‘Warner Bros Studio’? If you love anything Harry Potter, girl you have to go :p

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    • Reply Laura September 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      I didn’t but I really wish I did!! It is definitely on my list of things to do when I go back, including actually waiting on the line for a picture at Platform 9 3/4 (still so sad about that haha)!

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