London. Sweet, polite London. You have stolen a piece of my heart. I dare say there is no way of getting it back. No way at all, ‘cept maybe going back and staying awhile.
The first thing I said when I arrived in Miami and walked off the plane was, “I’m getting back on… take me back, please!”
My London holiday was by far one of the best experiences of my life. I’m excited to finally share those special memories with you!
Over the next few weeks I will be taking you through my London and Ireland adventures. I hope you can all join me on this special journey. I did my research or so I thought. I spent hours upon hours pouring over the map of London on Google Maps in an attempt to prep for my first visit overseas. I starred all of the places I wanted to see/visit, all of the sights I wanted to take in. Lucky for me my dear Colombian friend Maria had been living in London for several months. She had a great grasp of the city, knew the tube really well and knew all the right spots a newbie like me would appreciate. Lucky for both of us our walks around town led us to discover nooks and crannies even she hadn’t encountered before then. In the next few posts I want to take you through the itinerary of our London sightseeing adventure.
March 12th, 2016
1st Stop: Westminster Station (Circle, District, Jubilee)
Once you step out into the sunlight, if you are as fortunate as I was to have 6 days of sunshine in the middle of March, the first thing you’ll see is Big Ben!
2nd Stop: Big Ben
It truly was bright that day. I was greatly regretting having left my sunglasses. There isn’t much that needs to be said about Big Ben. It’s a massive clock tower and tourists flock to see it first hand. A couple more Big Ben photos because why not. 🙂
3rd Stop: Westminster Bridge
Bridges are a big deal in London. I’m sure you’ve heard the nursery rhyme London Bridge is Falling Down. This is one of the many bridges that crosses over the Thames River. Also a great spot to catch local artists doing their thing. On this trip over the bridge we were serenaded by a bagpiper.
4th Stop: The London Eye
Ok so the line was long. The fare was a bit pricey. We didn’t go on it. I suppose that as a tourist it was my duty to ride the large Ferris wheel but I was told by a good source that the view isn’t that great and that I could get a better view from The Shard (will mention in a later post) for free. So here are some pics of The London Eye from the ground.
At the end of the bridge you make a left, walk down some steps and you find yourself on The Queen’s Walk. To the right is that great big beautiful building you see next to the London Eye in the photo above. A bunch of different things call this building home: Objective Productions, The London Marriot Hotel, Shrek Adventures, Merlin Entertainments, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, The London Dungeons, County Hall, plus a number of shops, cafes and eateries.
5th Stop: The Queen’s Walk
This is such a gorgeous waterfront walking path. You get to enjoy the Thames River on the left and the Jubilee Gardens on the right. It was such great weather that the walk and gardens were crowded with people of all ages. I loved seeing families enjoying the good weather along side tourists from literally all over the world. It’s a great place to people watch. I spotted some more street performs.
Our stroll along The Queen’s Walk was just the beginning of our adventure! There’s still so much to see. Many more moments to store up as treasured memories.
Come back next week for a continuation of my London Sightseeing Itinerary.
What’s your favorite part of London town? Have you been to any of the places I mentioned in today’s post? Share in the comments below.