United Kingdom

The Family in London!

To start off our two-week adventure we headed to London from Newcastle by train. Tess and I have been there a few times before but this was our parents’ first so we were all excited.

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See you in two weeks, Newcastle!

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…and 3/4

It was a super chilly morning. Good thing we had access to the first class lounge.

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Warming ourselves up

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Touchdown!

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Off to the tube!

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I’m wearing a leather jacket while the guy behind me is in shorts ūüėÄ

The past two times I visited London the weather wasn’t really great so I was really¬†happy to have the sun shining on this beautiful city this time around. Well,¬†we did experience rain on the first day but the rest of the trip was bright and lovely. Now I can prove¬†that those British tourism videos showcasing sunny England did not use¬†special effects!

We stayed at an Airbnb just off Portobello Road and arrived Saturday noon, which was perfect because it was market day. There were loads of fascinating finds,which brought about welcome cause of delays while walking. I’ve never been to this area before and so I was really delighted to discover something new.

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Know more about our very comfy Airbnb here.
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I had to get them Portobello mushrooms
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Tess and I share a passion for accessories
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I was almost tempted to buy one!

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Hello Paddington Bear!
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Took a loaf for breakfast
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And some fruits too
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We were famished so we headed to the nearby Electric Diner
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The food was so good!

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Market finds turned breakfast the morning after
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Yogurt with blackberries, blueberries, and peaches
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My first time to try figs!

First order of business was the London Eye at night. Tess and I have¬†been on it before during the day and so I wanted to see what it would be like all lit up. The views are just as stellar with all the lights. It’s a bit more difficult to spot the sights but the night time scene has a different¬†charm compared to its daytime counterpart.

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Home base: Notting Hill station
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Hello, London Eye!

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Our next day found us wandering after a failed bus tour (there was an event somewhere in the city which caused massive rerouting; luckily we got to use the tickets again the next day). We ended up at Westminster Bridge for Nay and Tay’s first look at the magnificent Big Ben. But before our tour got cut short, we managed to see a few sights.

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Ready for the day ahead

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Quintessential English: A scone and a double decker bus

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Greetings, Sherlock Holmes
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Madame Tussaud’s

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I’m glad we got to hear the clock because it is undergoing repairworks in 2017 and possibly until four years after!

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A river cruise gives you a fresh perspective with which you can see the city. Being on the River Thames you can just relax and see the various sights while a bored tour guide does his job of pointing everything out to you in an accent which, if you’re unlucky, is not that understandable especially through a P.A. system. ūüėÄ DSCF4705 (1024x768)DSCF4707 (768x1024)DSCF4709 (1024x768)DSCF4713 (1024x768)DSCF4715 (1024x768)DSCF4716 (768x1024)DSCF4718 (1024x768)DSCF4723 (1024x768)

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London Bridge of nursery rhyme fame
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One of Tess’ favorite buildings, the Shard
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A National Geographic boat

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After a little snack and some rest we made our way to St. Paul’s Cathedral and happened to get on a working vintage bus. Again, it was perfect timing! The afternoon sun wasn’t too hot anymore so the weather was perfect for more walking and sightseeing.

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Afternoon break: pastries and coffee
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I just love the names of English pubs

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People were enjoying basking in the sun

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From there we walked to the Millenium Bridge. The sun was almost setting at this time, providing a lovely backdrop to the already beautiful city.

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The riverside is home to various street performers and artists. It’s always entertaining to just walk from one point to another and see what you can find. We weren’t able to go into Tate Modern and I remember vaguely the last time I was there, so that only means I’ll have to come back again.DSCF4807 (1024x768)

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Chatting with a fellow tourist

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The bridges that run over the Thames are not to be missed. The setting sun just makes them look all the more beautiful.

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The following day was our last full one. We got on the city bus tour again and got off at our first stop – Buckingham Palace. The guards are always fascinating to watch. Just be ready for the throng of tourists when you get here.

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Lounging at our cute little terrace before heading out
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You never know what you’re gonna see

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She’s the real queen

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After a heartly lunch at Wahaca we got on the city tour bus again. Since we didn’t want the parents to get too tired, we stayed on it for the next hour or so to give them¬†an overview of London. I’m glad we did because I was able to see areas of London which¬†I’ve never seen before.

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I’m hungry
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Never too hungry or tired for a photo

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I swear, there’s a steak underneath all that
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Trafalgar square
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National Gallery

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Where’s Sweeney Todd?

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Westminster Abbey

Ah, London…It’s vibrant and pulsing energy is always magnetic. There’s always something happening, something new, something wonderful to discover. We’ll be back for more in a few years hopefully. For now this marks the end of our London exploration but don’t worry…a story¬†on the next destination, Sevilla, is already up. Have fun exploring!

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