God Save the Queen! And the rest of us London tourists, too.
I’m back! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted but since the musical I’ve been helping with is almost over, I can finally start getting back into the swing of things! Which includes way more blog posts and maybe starting up a YouTube channel…? Let me know if that’s something you guys would want to see or if you have any other suggestions.
So over spring break, a week ago, I went on a trip with my school to London and Paris for 10 days. We spent 5 days in London and 5 days in Paris and as cliché as it sounds, I would go back in a heartbeat. I loved both of the cities so much and learned so much from my experiences. I thought it would be fun if I showed you guys the highlights of my trip;but since I took about 500 photos, I’m going to be splitting my travel diary up into 2 parts. This first part is all about London! Sidenote: All of the pictures were taken on my phone so I’m sorry if they appear blurry on a computer!
Day 1: We had a pretty short first day in London because we flew in around lunchtime. But most of it was spent walking around downtown and seeing all the beautiful buildings and, of course, Big Ben! I spent most of the trip with one of my friends from theatre, Gretchen. We had crepes for our first meal in London and I had the most delicious smoked salmon crepe!
Day 2: Our second day in London was a bit more eventful than the first. And by a bit, I mean a LOT. We started off the day at the Tower of London. And, of course, I had to get some ice cream(look at the picture, that’s what they consider a waffle cone in London)before exploring the ancient castle. Afterwards, Gretchen and I went to a local café and got the best sandwiches. We walked across the London Bridge(thank goodness it wasn’t falling down) to St. Paul’s cathedral where I look a stereotypical London tourist photo. Then, we visited Buckingham Palace for a few minutes-and no, we didn’t see the queen. We made our way around the city again and rode on a carousel right next to the London Eye. We then took a break at an authentic English pub and Gretchen and I each ordered desserts only to find out we didn’t have enough time to eat them. So I shoved what might’ve been the best thing I’ve ever eaten down my throat and we ended the day back at the Tower of London watching the guards lock up the gates in the Ceremony of the Keys.
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Day 3: We started off day 3 by taking a cricket lesson at the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground. I was actually way better than I expected considering I don’t play sports! Then we took a bus to Windsor Castle for the day. Gretchen and I got lunch from the cutest local café and then we started our tour of the castle. I wasn’t able to take any pictures inside, though, due to the Queen’s orders. After seeing all the amazing rooms and history behind the castle, we went back to London and participated in a Jack the Ripper tour where we walked around to the serial killer’s murder spots at night. It was a little sketchy. We also found some beautiful rainbow roses, which I showed below!
Day 4: Our last full day in London was a blast! We went on the London Eye and saw an amazing view of the breathtaking city. After, we had an adorable Afternoon English Cream Tea party which fulfilled all of my childhood dreams. And to end the day and our stay in London, we saw a London Broadway production of Wicked! London was amazing and I ended up loving it much more than I thought I would. Everyone was so nice and the city itself was so incredibly clean and aesthetic, not to mention the British accents. I would definitely recommend visiting London!