Day 3: Friday August 3, 2015
After a late breakfast we walked to Oxford Street, which is the hot spot for shopping in London. It was crammed with people. I didn’t purchase anything I was simply scooping out the places for the following day. Once we finished weaving in and out of the eager shoppers we headed to Saint Paul’s Cathedral.
It was quite the walk nonetheless it was well worth it. The interior was striking! It was absolutely beautiful and saying that seems like I’m down playing it. We were fortunate enough to attend a service, because it was Good Friday. Unfortunately photos were forbidden inside. (I’m not sure if this is ongoing or if it was just for the holiday.)
I will try to paint a picture for you though… The colors consisted of pearly white and gold throughout the church while the floor was checkered in black and white. The angelic artwork was truly captivating. The brilliant dome was as high as your neck could stretch back. Tall candles soared at the end of random aisles and glorious arches ascended throughout the church. How was that for a description? That’s all I got!
The cathedral was absolutely splendid.
After service we headed to the British Museum, which was the coolest museum. It’s completely free (awesome) and interactive (I could touch things? YES!). The museum catered to all ages and there was plenty to do. We explored tons of cultures including the Egyptians, Aztecs, and more. We saw and touched ancient artifacts even the Rosetta Stone was there surrounded by thick glass and tons of people. I was in front of the crowd, but somehow was pushed to the back at some point.
In the midst of the excited crowd Erik and I still managed to have a great time exploring and gawking at all the neat stuff. I think my favorite was exploring the mummies and statues. After a couple of hours we left to visit the London Museum, which was all about the history of London. Once we had enough of exploring museums we started on our journey back home.
We made a cheesy, and not so healthy goal of trying McDonald’s in every country we visited. Believe it or not they were all different in some fashion. In London the McDonald’s we ate lunch at looked like a coffee shop, chandeliers hung over each table, but unlike coffee shops the drink selection was minimal, and so was the menu.
After lunch I thought it would be cool to visit the grocery store and the pharmacy. We compared prices to the U.S. and just browsed at the selections. It was so neat! Around this time it started pouring rain. Believe it or not we quite enjoyed walking back, holding hands and chatting. It was our first “caught in the rain” scenario in London. How romantic!
Day 4: Saturday April 5, 2015
Since we were basically minutes away from the Buckingham Palace. However we had yet to see the Changing of the Guard, which involves the new guard changing duty with the old guard. All the guards are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats, and the ceremony is set to music. This happens everyday and is a London tradition so I had to see it.
We arrived a little after 11:30 a.m., which is when it started. The palace was jam packed of course. Everyone was literally standing elbow to elbow. People had out selfie sticks, were sitting on shoulders, or on their tippy toes trying to catch some action. Surprisingly though there would be random peepholes you could squeeze through to see.
I was able to do just that at times. Towards the end when people would start to leave I was in the front. But when I was not in the front I was on my husband’s shoulders. YES! This grown woman sat on Erik’s shoulders to see the action and it was well worth it. At first I was like no I’m not doing that, but then I said, “what the heck!” My babe was definitely a trooper. It’s something I will never forget.
After the ceremony we grabbed some hot chocolate (it was freezing) and then we went shopping. By now it was raining on and off throughout the day. Anyways we went to Primark, Forever 21, H&M (which had five floors), and Zara. I was most excited to visit Primark because my London family on YouTube talks about that store all the time. It definitely lived up to my expectations.
On every trip we’ve decided to purchase an ornament to remind us of our travels. I’m so excited to see our tree this year because we’ve been to so many new places. Anyways we bought a double decker bus from the souvenir shop in London. We didn’t like any of the traditional ornaments so we decided we’d buy some string and make this adorable bus into an ornament.
For lunch we went to Joe & the Juice, a cute little shop where we ordered a chicken and avocado sandwich. It was lovely! Next we went to 221B Baker Street. It you are a Sherlock Holmes fan you knew that address right away. They have a home and a museum dedicated to the fictional character in London. We didn’t go inside the home, but we stood right outside of it and visited the museum.
At the last minute we decided to go to Abbey St. If you are familiar with The Beatles you may know of the famous Abbey St., which was on one of their album covers. They all were walking across it on the album cover. Anyways it was clear across town. My husband thought it would be cool so of course I joined him.
I walked across the street like they did on the cover, arms in motion and everything. I was not the only one who came to strut across either I had to wait my turn. It was pretty cool. Once we made it back across town, we ate some yummy pizza, and then packed up for Paris. As mentioned in the previous post, we walked everywhere. We totally enjoyed the beautiful parks and scenery.
I was so excited to go to Paris, yet I would definitely miss London. Check back next week to read about my time in Paris. If you missed Day 1 and 2 in London, click here.
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