London Calling

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Ok, another break from the Eastern Europe trip to share photos of my weekend in London. Eurostar was having a cheap ticket sale so I thought, hey, why not go to a place where I don’t have to take an airplane (flying is reeeally not my thing).

So we booked our tickets and headed off for a little winter break in London. I had been there once before when I was 16 but I can barely remember it…pigeons in Hyde Park, looking through the gates at Buckingham Palace and waiting for a very long time to be served in a pub and eventually giving up and leaving (turns out we should’ve just ordered at the bar. Lesson learned).

Well, this time I had my camera with me (and my favourite travel buddy) and a cold that just wouldn’t let go. Nevertheless, we checked off the important things to see off our list and even enjoyed a few little extras.

We stayed in a great hotel just next to the British Museum, called the Lancaster. Since it was off-season, we got a very large room for a great price. There was even a faux fireplace. The only quirk was that the shower and sink were right in the room…no doorway or tiles. Wall to wall carpet and then BAM, a shower. The sink was attached to the wall next to it and just like in the European Vacation movie, the toilet was in the hallway. Everything was very clean though, so aside that little bathroom oddity, it was a nice place to stay.

Somehow the weather really cooperated and we got a weekend of sunshine and fairly warm weather for January. We spent the first day walking along the Thames and taking photos. We made our way to Big Ben and peaked inside Westminster Abbey. The two best things about Westminster Abbey was that there was nobody there so we could see everything at a leisurely pace (according to the audio guide, it gets so crowded during peak season that you can’t even get into some of the rooms) and that the voice of the audio guide was non other than Jeremy Irons (aka Scar from the Lion King and a million other awesome movies).

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We did have one cloudy day, so we decided to head next door to the British Museum for the afternoon. Not only do they have amazing works of art and historical pieces, but they also have a spectacular cafeteria. Seriously, it’s amazing!

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This is a painting from the middle ages, although to me it looks like some sort of 90s CD cover....

This is a painting from the middle ages, although to me it looks like some sort of 90s CD cover….

...if you look at it from the top right, the perspective changes and the skull looks normal. So trippy!

…if you look at it from the top right, the perspective changes and the skull looks normal. So trippy!

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I loved how different London was from Paris. Even though the streets are lined with pretty facades, they’re different in their own way – a little bit older, a bit more mysterious, even a bit more grand.

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4 Comments

  • Hey, that’s funny! We were both in London at age 16 (well, it was a month before my 16th birthday)! I was with a native Englander so it was really an insider trip. 😉 I have such vivid memories of that time (and the voyage to Paris following) – the weather was perfection – and cannot wait to return in May!

    And I have a special bond with that painting you’ve included, “Les Ambassadeurs”. F and I actually have an inside joke based from that painting which comes up every month or so — we will have to go to the British Museum so that I can surprise him with it!

  • missjoi100 says:

    I am going to London in March! Can’t wait to blog about it. You took some great photos!

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