I saw London, I saw France

You know how sometimes it takes a minute to process what happened… well in my case it can take up to a year. This is all for posterity’s sake.

Last summer I went to London and Paris with my longtime childhood friend, Hamp. Since Hamp is a weird combination of a geriatric and a toddler, he “let” me do all the planning. Which worked for both our lifestyles.

It literally took months to plan but here are the google maps I made with everything color coded like the true psycho I am (London & Paris).

I made a detailed itinerary but here are spots of note we hit:
British Museum, Neal’s Yard/Seven Dials, St. Dunstan-in-the-East, Tower of London, Borough Market, St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Chapelle, Notre Dame, Cluny Museum, Eiffel Tower, The Lourve, Millennium Bridge, Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Trafalgar Square, Sketch, Kensington Palace & Gardens, Westminister Abbey, Tower Bridge, Parliament of England, Stonehenge, Bath

If you would like the exact itinerary details it will cost you. I’m upping my fee from one ice cream cone to two. Thank you very much.

We almost missed our flight to London but we ran through the Charlotte airport like the scene from Home Alone and made it on to the plane with minutes to spare. What I didn’t research before going to London is that it was going to take 3 hours for us to go through customs once we got there. Luckily we made friends with some folks in line including Typhoid Dylan (we don’t know his real name but that’s his name in our hearts).

Anyway, here are some pictures pretty much in sequential order.

The young and the restless made it to London!

St. Dunstan-in-the-East is basically a secret garden that’s not so secret.

We walked across Tower Bridge.

Got lunch at a market… how very English of us!

We got up early and hopped on a train. It is true what they say… Paris is always a great idea.

I’ve been to Paris before but I think I’ll never tire of it.

St. Chapelle is undeniably beautiful, floor to ceiling.

Back in London and we took a walk around Notting Hill. How dreamy!

All the colors! Now I need a magenta door.

Like any vacation of mine, there was a lot of art and ice cream.

When you’re in England you might as well go see Stonehenge, right? ** If you go to Stonehenge, I highly recommend paying a little extra to go on the tour before or after the site is open to the public so that you can go all up in them! Totally worth it! **

On our trip to Stonehenge we also went to Bath (which was a gorgeous city) and the ancient town of Lacock (quintessentially English).

Back in London I tried to take the most London AF pictures ever.

One of my favorite exhibits I’ve ever seen was Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the V&A on our last day.

And no trip to London would be complete without high tea at Sketch.

 

That was the extremely condensed version of the trip. Overall, London is a great city to visit! It’s easy to get around and there’s so much to see. Believe it or not, I didn’t see everything. I’m ready for my return trip!

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