It’s been so weird arriving in England. For the first time in 10 months, everyone can communicate with anyone. Well, except for maybe those Glaswegians on the metro!
We headed to London just as the Brexit storm burst onto the scene. Many Londoners are worried about the future because their jobs require open borders and cooperation within the EU. The events of the last week have been mindboggling to anyone watching from the sidelines. It’s not every day you get to watch a first-world country implode so completely in the political sense.
We went to London to catch up with friends, who helped us see most of its major sites. We went to the Tower of London and learned of the various beheadings that took place over the centuries. Our guide was a Beefeater, who proudly told us that he still had the authority to kill us.
We then walked past the Crown jewels and watched a short clip of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
Later on we took a boat up the Thames to Greenwich Village, and hiked to the observatory. The girls learned about longitude and latitude, and Greenwich Mean Time.
The next day we passed by the London Eye and had a great view of Big Ben and the parliament buildings from a bridge. After a quick stop in Trafalgar Square, we headed over to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard.
We wandered around Piccadilly Circus and then past the M&M shop. If you ever have the desire to own a jacket covered in Swarovski crystals shaped like M&Ms, it can be yours for just under $4500. Bargain!
By this time we were starving, so we stopped for high tea at Fortnum & Mason. It’s a very English experience and I was worried about being a little under dressed, but I guess you can get away with anything when you have an accent. We ate far too many scones and pastries, and managed to squirrel some away to bring back home.
Our last day in London was much more low key. We had a nice stroll along the Thames to Hampton Court, which was the summer palace for King Henry VIII. There is a really nice playground that has recently opened, so it’s a great place to chill with your kids.
We had such a great time in London catching up with a friend who we first met hiking to Machu Picchu many years ago. Thanks for everything, Winson and Becky!