Saturday, November 24, 2012

All Around in London Town, pt.II

Both Julie and Grant told me that at some point during their visit they'd like to spend some time in London, considering its only an hour and a half away by train. So, off we went for a two day adventure!

Angelina decided to stay back in Paris as she had just gotten back from a visit to Berlin, so it was just the three of us. However, my friend Helen, who lives in Oxford, came down to London for the day to meet us and the four of us spent our first day exploring together. We went to the Tower of London and saw the Crown Jewels (something I didn't get to do when I visited back in September!) then headed over to Oxford Street to enjoy the Christmassy atmosphere and do a bit of shopping. Afterwards we stopped by a pub for some delicious fish n' chips and then paid the queen a visit at Buckingham Palace before saying goodbye to Helen.

(The four of us looking at a security screen of ourselves inside the Tower of London)

(Christmassy Oxford street)
The next day we got up early and did lots of sightseeing. It was Julie's first time in London, so we headed over to parliament to see Big Ben and then to the London Eye. I didn't go on the London Eye during my last visit for several reasons:
1) It's overpriced

2) I don't like ferris wheels

3) I don't like heights

4) I'm claustrophobic

5) I fail at life

However, I DO love gorgeous views, and I love conquering my fears. So I sucked it up and went, and it was incredible!

(The view. If you look on the bottom left, you'll see two tourists waving at me!)

(My weird friends having a photo shoot)

(Conquering my fears!)
That same day, we caught a service at Westminster Abbey (I'm not religious at all, but it was really interesting to see) explored Camden Market and then trolled Harrods for a couple of hours before heading back to Paris.
When I last came to London, I mentioned on here that I really liked it, but was a bit disappointed by it. Well, for some reason, this time around I found myself enjoying and appreciating it much more. I can definitely see myself coming back often in the future, and the next time I go I am definitely seeing Stonehenge!

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