Where we stayed: The Kensington area.
It seemed pretty centrally located and we were able to walk to everything- i.e. Notting Hill, Kensington Palace, Buckingham ext.
Then again, we’re used to walking a lot. So maybe we weren’t centrally located at all and I had no idea? That’s a definite possibility. We also jumped on London’s subway quite a bit, the Tube. Public transportation is amazing. Never be afraid to use it. Also I was super impressed with how clean everything was in London, most specifically their public transpo. That could also have something to do with the fact Chicago’s is pretty filthy. It’s a good day if I don’t sit in urine. And it’s still an okay day if I do.
What we did: everything.
Chris is an exhausting travel buddy. He likes to see and do everything. Seriously everything. I like to see and do everything as well, but sometimes I can be lazy and just like to go sit in a pub. I blame this trait on my dad. Luckily Chris and I found a middle ground- a hop on hop off bus.
We could see all of the city from the comfort of our seat- and with a travel size bottle of wine if necessary. This became our favorite way to explore. Chris loved getting a history lesson by the tour guide and I just loved riding with my head out the window. I’m kind of like a dog in that way, I love a good car ride. When we came to a spot we wanted to see more of we just hopped off and got back on at another stop.
I’m not going to tell you we bought a selfie stick just for this trip… But we bought a selfie stick just for this trip. You can judge me, I judge myself. But we were actually really glad we had it. And now I’ll put it away for safe keeping until our next vacation. It will NOT come out in Chicago at a bar or something, I’m not that person. Yet.
What we liked. Pretty much all the touristy stuff. I’m not even going to try to deny it, we ate it all up. And why not? We’re tourists after all.
Trafalgar Square– seen above.
It was close to Piccadilly Circus which seemed like a pretty cool area too, a bit Times Square-ish but whatever.
Buckingham Palace. Not to sound like a total snot, but I was a little unimpressed with Buckingham. I couldn’t even get close enough to the infamous guards to take a ridiculous photo that I would most definitely regret later.
What to wear.
As expected, it was cold in London. Cold and rainy and grey. Just like Chicago pretty much. Next time I go to Europe I’m going in the summer. Enough of this early spring bullshit.
I know it’s way past time to retire the plaid blanket scarf for the season, but it’s the warmest scarf I own so I was definitely glad I brought it. I wore warm coats and big scarves every day and was still cold.
Right here I’m probably wondering why in the hell we chose to go Europe instead of the Bahamas.
Where we drank.
We pretty much slipped into any cute pub we could find. Our favorite was recommended to us by Kelli on Instagram and it was Churchill Arms Pub.
And I think that’s just about enough London talk for now. Cheerio. I’ll probably change the subject tomorrow and talk about something else for a bit. Most likely about Harlow.