Travel: London, England

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Big Ben

We kicked off our European adventure with our first stop in London, England.  I’m really glad that London was our first stop because it eased us in to being across the world in a different country. The culture in London is comparable to cities in the United States and they speak the same language as us.

When we arrived in London, we had been traveling for about 24 hours with minimal sleep. However, it was only about 2:00 PM in London and we wanted to try our best to get our bodies adjusted to their time as quick as possible. So, we freshened up a bit and went out to explore the city!

I would describe London as a way older, cleaner version of New York City. The architecture there is incredible; it’s hard to put into words. I would recommend walking as many places you can because you see so much more along the way. Each building is so intricately designed with so much detail. Troy and I are both detail people and loved this aspect of London and all of the other European cities we visited.

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Big Ben
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Westminster Abbey
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Buckingham Palace
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View of Buckingham Palace from St. James’s Park

On our first day there we walked to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. I loved seeing Big Ben in person, it was really cool to see such a famous structure. The architecture on Westminster Abbey was stunning! Buckingham Palace was also really awesome because who wouldn’t want to see where the queen lives? 🙂 St. James’s Park is right in front of the palace; we loved seeing the palace then strolling through the park after.

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The Great Hall
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The Potion’s Classroom
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Diagon Alley
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Welcome to Hogwarts!

On our second day in London, we visited the Warner Brother’s Studio in London, where they shot all of the Harry Potter films. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you must go! It took about a whole day to do (it’s located a little bit outside of the city) but definitely worth the time. Tickets sell out extremely fast, so book them in advance. We booked a guided tour through City Wonders Tours. With our tour, they gave us train tickets, with someone to meet us at the train station to make sure we got on the right train, someone to meet us when we got off the train, a bus ride to the studio, a skip the line pass and a guided tour. Also, after the tour we were able to go back into the studio and revisit anything we wanted to. It couldn’t have been easier and was worth every penny.

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The London Eye
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Tower of London
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Castle inside the Tower of London
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Moat around the Tower of London
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Tower Bridge

During our last day in London, we rode the London Eye, ate fish and chips, visited the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. It was fun to see the city from a different perspective on the London Eye. Troy and I both aren’t really a fan of seafood but felt like we needed to try fish and chips while we were in London. Honestly, it was pretty good and my dad was really proud of me so #worthit 😉 The Tower Bridge was one of my favorite things we saw in London. I’ve never seen anything like it and it was so pretty and grand! The Tower of London was built in 1600 AD, I was amazed by how old it is!

Overall, I would definitely recommend visiting London! There is so much to see with all of the history and architecture that is there and the culture was easy to navigate because of how comparable it was to the United States.

Thanks for following along! I can’t wait to share the rest with you 🙂

 

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