More often than not I end up regretting not doing a recap of my traveling adventures. When I did a study abroad five years ago in Paris, I only wrote two posts to cover my three months! Now back from my second big trip to Europe, I've decided not to make the same mistake twice. This trip was a more compact version of adventures five years ago, but still in three weeks I managed to visit six different countries. Instead of doing a post per day I was gone (though I easily could) and tying up my blog for the next three weeks straight, I've decided to dedicate a post to each country I visited. First up is Great Britain where I spent three non-consecutive days in the city of London.
First stop in London?
I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that I heard about a big Star Wars exhibit at Madame Tussauds that I was pulled to just like a magnet....or should I say tractor beam?
Yes even in Europe I found a way to be distracted by Star Wars.
I absolutely wasted way too much of my precious time in London here, but having the pictures now is almost worth all the frustration the endless waiting in lines caused me.
I think I hit it off pretty well with Han Solo.
The droids were on their best behavior too.
Stopped by for some life advice from Master Yoda.
And learned an unfortunate revelation from Darth Vader.
After ALLLLLL that, I took my mom to all the "big spots," London has to offer.
From Big Ben
Tower of London
and St. James Park.
That was it for my first day, but I returned again toward the end of my trip for two more days...this time with my sister.
On my first day with Laurie, we visited the Kensington Gardens in Hyde Park
Stopped by Harrod's for lunch and died over the dessert cases
Took a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to see if the Kate Middleton portrait was as hideous in person as it looked online
Decided NOT to feed the birds at Saint Paul's
Ate some very scary food on a Japanese conveyor belt
stopped by Platform 9 3/4.
The second day, we hit up Portobello Market
The market features in a memorable montage in the film Notting Hill.
Coming near the end of the trip, it killed me not to have ANY space for all the wonderful souvenirs I could have bought there! But also at that point I was pretty spent out.
After the market, we trekked on over to the Kew Gardens.
This place was insanely beautiful...
I could have spent a whole day or even two there wandering the grounds very easily.
But since we had more on our agenda than that, we returned to downtown London to survey the modern art found in the Tate Modern.
This guy was my favorite...
But Andy Warhol's stuff was pretty good too.
Shakespeare's famous Globe theater (well the reconstructed one anyway,) happened to be right next door so I could kill two birds with one stone.
That's it for Jolly Old England, a charmingly beautiful city that I hope to visit once again someday. Up next, I'll share my adventures in Italy... so stay tuned!