Category: 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

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

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

London Family History

Today, we went in search of a piece of my family history.  The story goes like this… During WWII, my grandfather, Garland Earl, was stationed in London.  When I told that to our Fat Tyre Bike Tour guide, he immediately asked if he was part of the something-or-other corps.  I had never heard of whatever

The Queen’s Life Guard: Horse Guards in London

Updated May 2022: The Queen’s Life Guard Changing of the Horse Guards in London, and other ceremonies daily. All you need to know to go!

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

London: Fat Tyre Bike Tour

Sunday, our first full day here, I specifically planned to do the Royal London Fat Tyre Bike Tour.  They had been recommended by a friend from her trip to Paris, and are really highly rated on the travel sites, so I thought it was worth a shot.  Then, I also read how it was good

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

London: Cafe in the Crypt

We arrived in London, and after taking the picture-perfect gated lift to our flat (ok, I took it with our bags, that’s all that fit!) settled in to our London ‘home’.    I’ll do an apartment post later – those photos are still on Scott’s laptop, and I can only transfer the photos one at

Dulles to London, and scary birds in between!

Well, this is what we are taking.  These bags, and the four of us headed off on our European Tour.  I’m not even going to attempt the math, but many hours later we arrived at London Heathrow around noon London time.  We were tired to the point of a bit punchy and confused, but we

Reading: London

Well, I might as well confess right now. I’m a hopeless travel reading, studying, planning nerd.  And when it comes to travel, it’s a sickness. Seriously.  I mean, I own travel books for places we have no plans of visiting.  It just came up in conversation at one point, I got curious what it would