06/28/2013 - 07/03/2013 70 °F
So I have put off writing this last blog post because I have been in denial (and in a minor depressed state) about the fact that “Casey and Grace’s European Adventure” is actually over. I have been sulking around the house and refusing to even show my family the pictures from Europe since I would probably start crying. So I have gathered up all of my remaining strength to write the final blog post about London. I hope you all enjoy it and Casey and I thank each and every one of you for following our adventure!
Once Casey and I got over the fact that we had to leave Dublin, we started enjoying London. I think it was the perfect city to end on because it reminded us the most of New York City (with the added British element). We got the hang of navigating the city after trekking around with our backpacks and making it to our hotel. We were in a fabulous location (as usual remember research pays off!!). Casey and I unpacked for the last time and set off to find somewhere to wash our clothes because we were starting to smell (the perils of leaving your stuff in a backpack). We could not find a place for the life of us. Finally we stumbled upon a man who really ripped us off (7 pounds per pair of pants!!) but we had to make it work. Of course we founds about 10 laundry mats after we paid him, but that is just how it goes sometimes.
Here are a few of our iconic London pictures!
After we got the laundry sorted out, we headed to Abbey Road to be the annoying tourists who stop traffic to walk where the Beatles walked. Worth it? YES!!
Then we decided to venture into the shopping area and headed to L.K. Bennett because that is apparently where Kate Middleton shops. On our way there we had some trouble because there was a Pride Parade in London right where all the shopping was. It was quite the sight to see.
That evening we did another bike tour along the River Thames.
Yes this is Diagon Alley
We started the day with another bike tour (shocking I know). We needed to see the other side of London to get our bearings.
We then headed over to the Woseley for afternoon tea. It was such a fun experience! I want to have afternoon tea every day. There were finger sandwiches, biscuits with jam, and mini deserts. Casey and I put on our dresses and did our best to fit in.
We ended the day by walking in St. James Park and then decided to sit down and read our books in the grass for a bit.
We decided to start the day with lunch at Borough Market, which has tons of small stands that sell any type of food you can imagine. It was so hard to decide what to get! I got some delectable meringue and Casey got a giant cookie.
We then headed to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which is a replica of the original Globe Theatre. It is also a working theatre, so during our tour we were able to see the actors rehearsing for the play they were doing that night.
We then headed to St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was breathtaking. I just can’t get enough of these churches; they are just the most beautiful pieces of architecture I have ever seen.
Then we all but ran to (it was closing) the Tower Bridge Exhibition (the famous one, not the London Bridge). It was a neat experience!
We had to make friends to take pictures at the top!
That night we got all dressed up and went to see Once, the musical. Casey and I were obsessed with it. I was brought to tears multiple times. The whole audience was entranced for the entire performance.
That night after the show we went to the local bar scene in Soho and had a few ciders and a snack before heading home.
Casey and I got up at the crack of dawn and went to mass at St. Paul’s. We then went on a trek to find an authentic English breakfast, we started getting hungry and impatient and ended up finding a breakfast bagel place that was delicious. Then we got some delicious cappuccinos!
Casey and I were mad women for the rest of the day. We wanted to soak up as much as we could! We went to the Tower of London to go on a tour, which was such a cool experience. There we got to see the crown jewels. I wanted to put a crown on so badly.
The men who run the tours have to serve for 22 years!
Then we took pictures with Big Ben.
Afterwards we headed to Westminster Abbey to look around. It was incredibly beautiful. This was also where William and Kate were married.
We then went to Buckingham Palace to try and find a guard to take pictures with. I think there was some kind of event going on because there were tons of important looking people in fancy hats going into the palace. Casey and I couldn’t figure it out but we figured we were in the presence of importance.
We walked through another park and saw a pelecian almost eat a pigeon!
Finally we went to Harrod’s to see how awesome it really was. I swear Harrod’s is like its own private world. It has a giant gourmet food court, a tea room, every designer you can imagine, and even an area for pets. Unfortunately there was absolutely nothing there we could afford except for an adorable collar for Casey’s dog Bella.
We also made a pit stop at King’s Cross Station to find platform 9 3/4. We succeeded! It was neat to see some of the Harry Potter film sights in person.
We headed back to the hotel to get ready for another performance and saw A Chorus Line. We had average seats then when we got there they told us we were upgraded! Casey and I ended up having fabulous seats on the fifth row in the middle. What a perfect way to end our trip!
Unfortunately, we made our flight and got back to America. The next day we all headed to the Rangers game to see some baseball and fireworks! Although we were a little jet lagged, we had a wonderful welcome back July 4th celebration.
Casey and I will put up a farewell post soon! Be on the look out for it. Thanks again for following us!