I’m not as well-traveled as I’d like to be, however I’m still incredibly grateful to have gone to the places I’ve been. This past April, I was lucky enough to travel to London, for ten days with my family. We rented a house through the website onefinestay.com, which I cannot recommend enough for anyone who wishes to “live as a local” for an affordable price in some of the world’s most beautiful cities.
–View of the Thames at night-
Looking out the window and actually seeing the city I was infatuated with felt absolutely surreal. Everyone was so nice when we arrived at Heathrow airport. It was about 9:30 p.m. UK time when we arrived, but the long flight made us feel absolutely exhausted so we didn’t have to worry about it feeling like it was the middle of the day. One of the funniest memories I have from the trip was trying to figure out where to get a cab after we went through baggage claim. My little sister Megan wasn’t aware of the fact that they drove on the left side of the road, meaning that the driver’s seat was on the opposite side of the vehicle. We were so clearly tourists, that even the cab driver had to laugh along with our fascination with simple yet obvious differences.
We didn’t get to move into our house until the following day, so we had some time to kill after we ate breakfast. (note: if you order bacon in the UK, expect it to come out looking like Taylor ham…) It was the day before Easter, so many of the local shops and restaurants were closed. This was disappointing at first, but it gave us a chance to walk around and see the sights.
Can we just take a moment to admire these insane gates?! I wish the door to my house looked like that…One other thing; if you look really close, you can see the London Eye in the back of the last picture! Needless to say, my heart felt like it jumped out of my body when I saw this.
I remember when we came here, we cut through the most beautiful park. Even though it was raining, everything still seemed bright and new. Back at home, we were so sick and tired of the snow that we hadn’t seen flowers in months, so it was really nice to see daffodils and tulips growing everywhere. We really lucked out with the weather (it only rained on the first and last day!) however the yellow flowers certainly made up for the lack of sunshine when we arrived.
I’m sure everyone with access to the internet or have seen any movie set in the UK are aware of the commercial double decker red buses, telephone booths, vintage looking cars, and historical landmarks that seem to be everywhere. You’d think the novelty of these things would wear off by the second day, but my family and I found ourselves becoming more and more excited whenever we came across them. We also made it a game to count how many Pret A Manger‘s we saw on each corner. My sister’s count at the end of the trip was somewhere between 75-100. We lost track.
This photo is so British it hurts.
Note: Black telephone booths are vastly underrated.
Big Ben really isn’t that big.
Call me weird, but I wanted to buy a specific fragrance to wear during this trip so I could have something to constantly remember it by.For me, whenever I smell Marc Jacobs Daisy ‘Eau So Fresh‘ (the tiny 0.24 oz. tube made it easy to slip into my Ted Baker cross-body bag that I purchased on Carnaby Street), I think of my time in London. I find that there’s something really sentimental about the fragrance someone wears. Whether the reason someone wears a certain fragrance is because they think it smells good, their grandmother bought it as a Christmas gift, or they liked the celebrity sponsoring it, I think that the story behind every perfume is different for each person.
Here are some well loved items that I purchased for my trip:
Keep checking up on my blog for updates on my latest interests and discoveries. My next post may include details on a
dangerous trip to Harrods…
Thank you for reading!