…but don’t worry, you won’t see any underpants.
Take that whatever way you want. I realize it can sound a little bit scandalous, but I assure you this post is family friendly!
Friends, get ready for a picture-filled post. My apologies if it takes a long time to load, but I think it’ll be worth it.
Day 1: We promptly went to the London Eye. Waited in line for about 2 hours because we didn’t know that Easter Break in Europe is two weeks long! Tip #1: look into that before you go! The wait was worth it, though. The trees were in full, beautiful bloom and there were carrots hanging from them all along this path.
We walked quite a bit this day, and got to see a lovely view of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the sun setting over Tower Bridge and London Bridge. It was a pretty magnificent way to end our first day in Europe!
We arrived back at our Airbnb apartment late that night only to realize we were in the sketchiest part of town! It was a bit scary, but we were (thankfully) only staying there for one night. Tip #2: Look into neighbourhoods! We did look into Paris quite well, but I failed to do the same in London. There are no photos of said sketchy apartment except for the next one, which was actually quite nice because our view at breakfast turned out to be beautiful.
Day 2: We spent the day with family, which was so lovely! The morning started out well, knowing we’d be leaving scary-town to go to the BEAUTIFUL Waldorf Hilton Hotel. This was thanks to my father in law who hooked us up, and I am forever grateful to him! We SO would not have stayed there otherwise.
We hit up some super touristy sites that day, including The National Gallery (practically my favourite place in London), Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards, Covent Garden, and lots of bus rides around the town.
Made it! …after a MOST embarrassing 20 seconds of my bum up in the air as I nearly failed to pull myself up on this thing. Also scratched the face of my watch in about 5 different places. Worth it? Totally.
Day 3: Our last full day in London was spent at The British Museum, visiting Abbey Road Studios, walking around Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden, and having dinner with some lovely friends.
Day 4: We make our way to Paris by plane, after failing to realize that Eurostar tickets should be purchased 90 days in advance for the best fares. Tip #3: Look into that! We flew EasyJet, which was cheap and exactly what you’d expect from a small domestic airline. Scary, small, a little bumpy and probably the worst part of the entire trip for Alex, who is not exactly keen on flying. But we made it!
Stay tuned for Paris pictures soon, and a little roundup post with tips for dos and don’ts in each city.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this short trip to Londontown!