Friday, August 23, 2013

One Day in London

 I went to London. I know, if you are one of my regulars you are like ok, you’ve mentioned this a few times, so now what? Well I thought how do you write about a business trip and make it exciting, the answer is don’t write about the business trip part of the trip. I was lucky enough to be able to get in a day before work started (highly recommended if you can pull it off, me and jetlag sometimes means I am an insomniac), and was able to stay for one full day of tourist activities.  What do you do when you get about 16 hours of touring time in London? Well here’s what I did when I was free from work on the weekends.

Buckingham Palace – I walked around this area which happened to be closed to automobiles – which I am not sure if that’s a common occurrence or a Sunday afternoon practice. It was beautifully sunny and mild out, and even though I wanted to sleep super early, I was able to power through until it was a reasonable hour to go to bed.

The Tower of London – History is truly alive here. As an American, whenever I stand near a building over 300 years old I am impressed (I mean America isn’t the new world for no reason). I was in structures over 1100 years old, which is just amazing. I did see the crown jewels (Hello, Prince Harry – if you need a princess who’s up for being the fun aunt let’s chat), which are incredibly detailed and fancy. Definitely worth the walk over the London Bridge to take in this relic site.

River Tour – I did the river boat tour as part of my London Eye adventure. Definitely neat to see different things from the river view. Bonus was that the Tower Bridge actually was used as a draw bridge during this journey. I honestly feel about five when I see things like that, I am like oh that’s sooooo cool.

London Eye – I am shocked I actually got on this, as heights are something I do not love and Ferris wheels are not my cup of tea either.  Once I got over my height fear, and then the reoccurrence of that fear once we hit the top (I am pretty sure the Italian family with the scared little girl loved watching me panic), I thoroughly enjoyed the views from the top.

I am sure I missed some of the “must dos”, so if I ever get back across the pond do you have any recommendations for me?

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