London – Day 1

My sister Kelly gave our Europe trip to my son as a gift so she could share her love of travel with him.

As an added bonus, she let me come too (score!).

Alex and I flew to New Jersey where we met up with my sister who flew in from Chicago. My sister and I didn’t sleep on the plane but Alex did manage to get in 3 hours – thank goodness. Together we all flew to London, arriving at 6:45 am. It was really 12:45 am to our bodies so we were in for a long day. Our plan was to go, go, go until we just couldn’t go any more.

After clearing customs where I was thoroughly questioned – I must look suspicious since the custom agent in Berlin was not impressed by me either – we dropped our bags off at our hotel concierge and went off exploring.

The Bus Tour – this was perfect for tired travelers since we were able to see a lot of sights without having to move too much. Plus, our tour guide was fabulous – funny and informative.

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We arrived 5 days after Prince George was born so there were congratulation signs and messages all over the city. I was supposed to meet up with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, but unfortunately we could never make our schedules coordinate 🙂


On the first day our mode of transportation was the bus since it was an on/off situation. The rest of our days in London we used the tube or the underground which I love. After the first few rides on the tube my sister and I never looked at the map. My 11 year old enjoyed the underground so much he lead us around everyday saying things like, “We have to take the Marble Arch line to Tottenham Court Road where we switch to the black line and get off on Charing Cross.” It was kind of nice to just trust him and follow.



More sites along the way.

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This controversial blue hen statue sits on a corner of Trafalgar Square as part of a rotating sculpture display. The other three corners are permanent and boring (in my opinion) statues of important figures. I love this idea of rotating art and think this concept would be a wonderful addition to any city.


Typical London, love it.


Outside of St. James Palace, where my good buddies Charles and Camila live.

And also a picture of one of the 8,672 Japanese tour group that we met along the way.


The Parliament building and Big Ben.IMG_0946 IMG_0950

Tower Bridge


The Tower of London – one of my favorite places to visit in London – fascinating – more on this later when we are well rested


City of London School where Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter, went to school.


We’re getting sleepy….


The London Eye – a giant ferris wheel standing 443 ft tall which sits on the River Thames.


Big Ben again!

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Canada Gates in Green Park


Guard outside of Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace – where the Queen of England lives most of the year


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Be kind people – at this point we were approaching 27 hours of being awake.


And naturally, almost naked men.


You know, that famous street in London, the “Running in Speedos Lane.”


Apparently this was a fundraiser as the men were collecting money for … pants?


Or maybe it was for children or animals, I don’ know, but I believe it was associated with the London Triathlon which was occurring the next day.

IMG_1046 IMG_1047Once we were all knackered we headed back to the hotel where everyone showered and took a sleep advil at 6:00 pm, thus falling asleep immediately. Not until our alarm woke us at 8:00 am the next day did we move. I guess that’s what 30 straight hours of being awake can do to you.

Until next time, have a bloody wonderful day!

3 thoughts on “London – Day 1

  1. Look kids, Big Ben! 🙂 That last picture cracks me up – looks like the window stickers are appropriately placed to block out a couple guys that forgot to even wear speedos!

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