Monday, December 15, 2014

Travel: London, England

I've been very fortunate in my life to have the opportunity to travel. I love seeing the world and meeting new people, experiencing other cultures and being immersed in the day to day routines that other cities have to offer. I'm a real history buff, I have a minor in history after all, and I'd have to say my favorite cities to visit are those that have history bleeding from the city walls, oozing out of the ground with every step I take. 

London, England is one such city. It seems that even in the newer parts of town, there are buildings older than the US itself. Around every corner is a visual treasure and history lesson. Now, I've met plenty of people who HATE London for various reasons, and I've come to the conclusion that it's a love it or hate it kind of place. I for one LOVE this gray yet vibrant city, which offers everything a city should. (um, hello shopping and yummy treats!)

I first traveled to London all by myself when I was just 20. I went for only four days with the intent to move there, alone. However, in the funny way life works, I ended up not moving there because I fell in love and ran off and got married (a story for another day). But over the years I've been able to get to know this city and all the details it has to offer. 

Any who, if you ever have the opportunity to take a trip to England, I highly recommend a trip to London, if even for a night or two. 
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Must Do's While in London *besides all the obvious*:

Sit in Starbucks on Brompton Rd., just outside Harrod's Shopping Center, and people watch. This is a crazy busy, yet beautiful shopping mall and the Starbucks serves you with nice china.

Take a walk in the Victoria Tower Gardens on the River Thames just south of the Westminster Abby. The location is great and the garden is not as busy as the Jubilee Gardens (where the London Eye is located) to the north.

Take the Tube, aka the Underground. If you live in a place that doesn't provide this sort of public transportation, then I recommend having a go. Within a day or so of riding you'll feel like a native, and it gets you all over the city in no time.
Visit a fish and chips shop/stand. Now, I'm not a huge fan of fish or fried food, but I've been told that for those who are, London is the place to try this famous dish. 

Get a London Pass or any kind of touristy city pass... they save you money on entry fees at some of the city's famous attractions, as well as allowing you to bypass lines at the door. 


15 comments:

  1. Oh my Gosh, I want to travel to London sooo bad! One of my favourite cities in the world! <3 <3 Can't wait to finally get there! Love the pictures!

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  2. London is really fascinating. I'd love to see it some day. Great pictures. :)

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  3. You've captured some of the best parts of one of my favorite cities. London rocks!

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  4. I loved London and it looks like from your pictures that it was really sunny the day(s) you were there. I'd totally add going to Greenwich park and you cannot miss going to the Tower of London. We also really loved taking a train out to Oxford. Seriously, one of the most beautiful and historical place EVER.

    Katy
    http://www.alittledailyhappiness.com

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  5. I want to go to London so bad! Hopefully I get accepted into a school there so I can have a excuse to go there!

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  6. I'm so envious of all your traveling-it looks like so much fun! Great photos.

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  7. It's beautiful! Maybe one day I'll be able to go there! ;-)

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  8. I would love to be able to travel to distant places. Maybe someday in the future. Thanks for including the not-so-obvious places to visit. Right now I'm exploring the fun places nearby where I live. =)

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  9. I'm headed there in May and got so lost in your post just daydreaming <3 thank you for the beautiful photos and the must-sees. Pinning this for later!

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  10. I love your photos of London, especially those of big ben! I write a London photography blog if you fancy checking it out.

    Becky | www.thebiglphotographyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. London is on my bucket list and this makes me want to go even more!!!

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  12. Great tips! Can't wait to go someday!

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  13. This makes me miss London so much!

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  14. I want to do all of that someday! And I want to hear the story of your first shortened/got married trip to London! I just visited my grandmother in an alzheimers home last week. London is her favorite city. This post obviously made me think of her :) Lovely pictures!

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  15. You're making me homesick again! Great photos :)

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