London, England (The Day Prince Harry Announced His Engagement)
After spending the evening exploring beautiful Brussels, we woke up early and took the train to catch the Eurostar. The Eurostar is a high speed train that links London to Brussels and other countries. I was a bit nervous about the ride because I had read reviews about people getting sick and needing Dramamine, but quite honestly I felt none of that. We had WiFi and I didn’t know exactly when I was underwater and when I wasn’t. 🙂 The train ride was easy peasy, and reminded me of a standard Amtrak ride–except without the beautiful scenery.
I was extra excited to be in London…I don’t know if it was the amazing accent that I have been impersonating for years, or the incredible culture, or all of the movies I’ve seen–this leg of the trip had a very special meaning for me.
The first thing we did was go to the London Eye for tickets, it was a little chilly and raining but it was completely manageable. We got there a bit early but waiting patiently until they started loading people on at 11am. This was my first time being on such a slow moving view of the city and it was REALLY cool. After 15 minutes, I had seen everything and was antsy to get off but you can’t quite do that when you are 443 feet in the air can you? 🙂
The views were phenomenal. I didn’t take any of the touristy pictures but I did go to the souvenir shop afterwards and purchased some fun trinkets for the kids.
Unfortunately Big Ben was undergoing heavy construction while we were there, but it was still cool to see such a recognizable icon up close and personal.
We hadn’t eaten much so we decided to wing it and jump into a local pub called The Red Lion for lunch. It was really fun because there were a LOT of suits around as it was in the center of what would be the “city hall” area of London. The food was really good!
This would also be the time we learned that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be getting married! It was a HUGE deal and honestly it was kinda awesome to be in London proper when the announcement was made. It is a story I will have for my grandchildren!
Change of the guard
As we were walking toward Buckingham Palace we saw the change of the guard. It was REALLY cool! Just like on television they are SO serious and perfectly in step with one another. I was able to grab a few pics with the guard and I’ll treasure these forever. 🙂
It took us a while to walk to Buckingham Palace, but the actually walk was gorgeous. We walked The Mall which passes by St. James Park. It was a super serene, relaxing, and just visually pleasing area.
Once we got to Buckingham Palace, we joined a hundred other tourists that were peering into the grounds. The Palace is REALLY beautiful. The guards are very serious however, we saw two little kids start to climb the fence and the guard yell at them so fast I got scared. Ha!
We walked around and checked out some of the souvenir shops, and you guessed it, I bought more things including some mince pies for hubby (which he devoured when I returned home).
Although I didn’t go into Harrods, it was a pretty amazing sight. They had their Christmas windows up and they were all done by Dolce and Gabbana.
I decided that I wanted to take a walk down to Nottingham Cottage, because if you know me, you know I love a good media circus.
There were tons of cameras and live interviews. We didn’t see anyone famous but it was cool to be among the excited energy. Plus the grounds of Kensington Palace are really beautiful.
Notting Hill & Thoughts
We had a quick dinner then we roamed around until we settled at the train station as we geared up to take the Eurostar over to Paris. I loved the London vibes, the trains, the people and the food. I felt the most comfortable there for some reason. It’s hard to put into words the feels that I had for this beautiful city, but I will say that if I see a cheap fare to London in the near future, I’ll be headed back immediately!Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye and more in a Day Trip To #London #England! #travel