Our European vacation kind of went by in a blur. We were busy from the second we opened our eyes until we dropped into bed. Well, I was at least while Joel was busy working. He took a long weekend off so we jetted to Ireland to explore together. I’ll share about Ireland next week! So like I was saying, while we were in London Joel had to work during the day (he was there for work after all and I was just tagging along, lapping up the perks of his job) so I explored the city through the underground, a photography tour and on the iconic double decker red buses.
I was in London for 3 and a half days but the first day I was pretty much useless due to the overnight flight where I was only able to sleep for about an hour (thanks American Airlines for the awesome free movies to keep me busy in the dark). I landed in London at 9:30 in the morning but by the time I got to Joel it was around noon (it took about a hour and a half on the train plus finding the office) so I just explored Islington, where Joel’s office and our Airbnb were located.
On day two, I went on a photo tour around the oldest section of London. It was really cool to be taken around the area and shown neat little spots and perspectives I wouldn’t have discovered on my own. I loved hearing the history and interesting tidbits about the buildings, signs and people of London.
That night, we flew out to Ireland to spend 4 days exploring. Like I said earlier, I’ll talk about that next week. When we returned to London, I decided to be the ultimate tourist and see the entire city on a red double decker bus. If you don’t have a lot of time, it really is the best way to see a whole lot of stuff in a short amount of time. I set out around 9 and got done around 5. It gave me enough time to get off at a lot of the popular sites, St. Paul’s, Westminster, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace (I even caught the changing of the guards!) and more and also partake in one of the free walking tours the company provides along with the bus ticket. I went on a Jack the Ripper tour which took us around to the sites of the murders and gave us all the gruesome history of London’s most notorious serial killer. It’s definitely not for everyone but I love crime and forensic shows so it was really interesting to me.
I left early in the afternoon the next day so I just spent some time in a coffee shop and making another stop at one of the adorable stores I saw on my first day to pick up some Paddington books that I regretted not buying the first go around. My kids are obsessed with Paddington right now so I knew it would be a big hit, especially since the books mentioned several places I visited.
It was a crazy busy whirlwind but I am so grateful to have had the chance to escape reality and spend some time with Joel in such an amazing place. If you want to check out the rest of my photos from our trip, you can check out my Flickr album here.