Monday, June 10, 2013

London, England

I had no idea what to expect when we flew into London. I have always wanted to go and when we started researching our trip, it became super clear that London was the place where we wanted to do so much but did not have the time to do it.

We flew into Heathrow and had a car waiting. Luckily. I am not sure taking the Underground and trying to find out hotel would have been a good thing. As we got closer to London, I got more and more excited because I was liking what I saw.

We lucked out on the location of our hotel. We stayed at the Doubletree Marble Arch. The hotel was no great shakes but it wasn't too bad. The room was wickedly small but it was also very clean and it worked for us. Breakfast was great and offered a lot of choices. Best of all, the location was perfect.

There was tons of shopping. Lots of restaurants around the area and the Underground was only half a block away so that made it easy for us to get to where we needed to go.

Our first day there,we checked out the neighborhood and went to eat at a local pub. We love pubs! Our first full day in London we headed out to the Tower of London. It was cool. It is like an old fort. The Crown Jewels are housed in one of the buildings but the line was over 2 hours long to see them, so we didn't. We walked around for a while and then headed over the Tower Bridge.

Then we headed over to the Globe Theatre because Tom really wanted to see that. I was convinced that Tom wanted to kill me because he made me walk and we walked at least 10 miles. He will dispute that but I will stick to it.

The Globe Theatre really isn't Shakespeare's Globe Theatre but a reproduction. In any case, it was cool. Tom was in his element. We had a great tour guide who gave us good info and the theater itself was beautiful.

After the Globe, we walked along the River Thames and finally hit the area where the London Eye is located. Right across the river was Parliament and Big Ben. It was awesome to see those landmarks. Just amazing.

Neither of us wanted to do the London Eye so we got on the Carousel instead. It was fun. We hung out there for awhile and then headed back to the hotel and search for dinner. By the time we got back, we were beat.

The next day we headed out to Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. We did not go into these places because everywhere we went had a huge line to get in. It was insane. The long lines were something found in Paris too. Damn tourists!

The funny thing is that by the time we headed toward Buckingham Palace it was time for the changing of the guard and we didn't even plan that. So it was kinda of cool to be able to catch that. We walked around (outside) of Buckingham Palace. It was grueling!

Then we headed back to the hotel and had an early dinner because that night we had tickets to see Warhorse at the New London Theatre. Tom is a theater guy so he really wanted to see a show. I went along because that's how I roll. I was not sure what to expect because the horses and animals are actually puppets.

Boy, was I in for a surprise. It was one of the most amazing theater productions I have ever seen. 10-15 minutes, you forget there are puppeteers and really believe the puppets are horses. It was so good. The acting was fantastic. The sets and lights were great. The play was so much better than the movie. I cried like a little baby at the end. If you ever get the chance to see Warhorse at the theater, do so!!!!!

The next day was our last day and we headed off to the British Museum. On our way there, some old woman bumped into me. This was weird because there was tons of room on the sidewalk. I didn't say anything to her but told Tom. Then this whack job started yelling about how she hated tourists and how it was nice to be able to be on holiday because she couldn't.

Then she started yelling about going to the doctor and some other nonsense. I really really wanted to say something mean but kept my mouth shut. Even Tom wanted to say something, I think. But we just went on our away. Sometimes, people are crazy and you just have to let it go.

The British Museum was good. But I have a confession. I am not a huge fan of museums. Unless the exhibition is something I want to see. I get bored easily. I mean, once you have seen 5 Egyptian mummies, 10 Goya paintings or 7 sculptures, you have seen them all.

Tom doesn't understand my thought process because he loves museums but that's how I roll. Funny thing is I love science museums or weird museums like Graceland. I like the strange and unique. But big museums with a bunch of painting's from people years ago, boring.

But the British Museum was interesting but after a while, I got bored but I am a good wife and sucked it up. I let Tom indulge in his museum fondness because he takes me to places like Graceland or the Sherlock Holmes Museum. So in order to go see the funky and the weird, I have to go see the boring and traditional.

After the museum, we went and had lunch at the Princess Louise Pub that is one of the oldest pubs in London. Then we headed back to the hotel and decided to head over to the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Unfortunately, there was a huge line to get in. We did not want to wait in line for so long so we headed off to the Regency Park.

Then we headed back to the hotel to rest because we were dead by this day. Plus, that night was our last night in London because the next morning we were taking the train through the Chunnel to Paris.

It was cold though. Luckily, I had some long sleeved shirts and my jacket. I was also lucky I had my shawl that I take everywhere and could use as a scarf. I also bought a hat for the sun but ended up wearing it to keep my head warm. This was lucky in Paris because the weather was worse there. It was damn cold!!

I have forgotten most of what we did in London by this point but I have to say that I LOVED LOVED LOVED London. I want to go back. I want to go live there. It had such a wonderful energy. It was like NYC but better. The Underground was easy and comfortable. The amount of restaurants and things to do was amazing. It was by far my favorite city on our trip. I am hoping one day I can go back and see and do more things there.

I will have tons of pictures but I am going to group them by attraction. So come back to see tons of pictures from the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham palace etc. I have a zillion!!



  1. Tom and Luis could travel together. I swear he tried to walk my feet right off of me in Paris!

    1. Tom is a taskmaster. I want to stroll and look around. He wants to go go go.

  2. Glad you had fun. I love looking at the photos.

  3. This is great! I really want to make the trip. I can't for a while, so I'm living through you.