Leaving London
England / London

Leaving London

So, it is time to leave London.  We woke up this morning, Scott brought me my coffee (from one of the 4 Starbucks within a 2 block radius) and we started packing up.  We got everything ready to go, and then went for one last walk to Trafalgar Square.  We decided to stop at Pret … Continue reading

The Tube
England / London

The Tube

Ok, I must stop and say a few words about how awesome the Tube system is here.  Seriously.  I am in love with it and have no idea why, in the states, we can’t make practical progress on this.  There is nowhere that we have wanted to go, that we can’t just walk a few … Continue reading

Hampton Court Palace
England / Surrey

Hampton Court Palace

In 1494, Giles Daubeney, later Lord Chamberlain, leased and modernized the medieval manor of Hampton Court.  So, 113 years before the founding of Jamestown, Hampton Court Manor was being modernized.  That’s so hard for this American girl to really process. Then in 1515, 500 years ago, having leased the property the year before, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey … Continue reading

Strolling Westminster
England / London

Strolling Westminster

On Wednesday, after the Changing of the Horse Guard, we took a purposeful walk.  I wanted to see Big Ben from Westminster Bridge.  The iconic view. It was a little crazy, and was the first time here that I thought – this is the perfect place to be pick-pocketed.  I even paused at one point … Continue reading

The Tower of London
England / London

The Tower of London

Visiting the Tower of London has been at the top of my list of things to see since we first talked about this trip.  There is so much history tied up in the buildings.  Famous and infamous residents from the time of William the Conqueror, up through Henry the VIII, to a prisoner during the … Continue reading

The Coal Hole
England / London

The Coal Hole

After our crypt lunch, we went back to the room to rest for a while.  We didn’t want to really fall asleep, but get enough rest that we could stay up until bedtime.  Then we ran errands for the apartment necessities, and decided to walk Strand in search of somewhere interesting to have dinner. We … Continue reading