Truthfully, I was thrilled to be headed back to the UK after spending almost a month traveling around Europe. While we had only spent one day in London when we flew into Heathrow in May, we both were pleasantly surprised at how friendly and welcoming the Brits were. After the whole EuroStar fiasco, it was so nice to finally step foot off the train and onto UK soil. After all, this meant that we were this close from going home! Much to our delight, information booths in London train stations actually provided excellent directions when asked, unlike the lack of help we encountered in French train stations. ha. We were on our way to our hostel in no time, but once we arrived, we found out we couldn't check in until 2pm. Once we finally were able to get to our room, we were both exhausted and took a 4-hour "nap." We obviously didn't go out exploring that day...
|Princess Diana Memorial Fountain|
|Changing of the Guard|
|Fish & Chips!|
Once we had toured the Abbey, we stopped on the banks of the Thames for a few pictures of Big Ben and Parliament before heading to the London Eye. We were both excited for the Eye, and it definitely didn't disappoint! We only waited in line for a few minutes before boarding one of the neat glass-enclosed capsules. The Eye is to London what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris: you get to see excellent views of the city, making the city look much smaller than it seems from ground level! Once we made it around the Eye, we called it a day. We saved the rest of our itinerary for our last full day in London.
|Parliament & Big Ben|
|The Globe Theater|
Our last stop in London was per my request: Whole Foods. I loved that London had Whole Foods, because it meant that I could finally find "normal" food! WF is right up my alley in terms of food, so I picked up dinner there before we headed to the airport for the night. Yes, I said "for the night." And yes, we did sleep in another airport all night. So thrilling. HA. We decided to save money and camped out in Heathrow instead of renting a hotel room. Needless to say, I got all of my pictures downloaded, caught up on my celebrity gossip, and even got a little sleep before we had to catch our flight the next morning! Our flight left London at 11:15am, and because of the 5-hour time difference, we arrived home at 2:00pm. A little confusing...and a lot tiring! Once our flight landed at Dulles, we still had a 4-hour drive home. Thankfully, we didn't have to drive (which would have been incredibly scary, as we were both exhausted....ha). I managed to go to bed and wake up at "normal" times my first day home, but yesterday was rough for me. I woke up too early, then took a 3-hour "nap" in the middle of the day. I'm still dragging a bit, but I hope I'll adjust to the time change quickly! I still have some interesting things to write about our trip...but I'll save those for another day ;)
|Crossing Abbey Road!|