We just got back from our three week trip in Europe. This trip was in the works for two years, as we were planning to attend my cousin’s wedding in Poland this year. Since we already spent a lot of time exploring Poland on our last trip we wanted to do something different this time and visit other parts of Europe before the wedding. We spent a lot of time trying to plan our trip and what we wanted to see, but ultimately decided that we would visit London, Paris, and then fly to Poland to spend time with family and friends.
We flew out of Chicago in the evening and arrived in London the following morning. We tried to catch some sleep on the plane since our cousin, who lives in London, was picking us up from the airport and taking us straight to Windsor Castle. Our first impression as we were driving to the castle was how weird it was driving on the opposite side of the street, even as passengers. We got to Windsor and spent the morning exploring the castle. That afternoon we took the train to London and checked into our hotel near St Paul’s Cathedral. Since we still had energy remaining we went to explore the city a little and walked to the British Museum. We spent hours wandering around the museum and enjoyed seeing all of the exhibits and artifacts on display. After exploring the museum we went out for dinner in the city and went to bed so that we could get an early start the next day.
The next day we met with our cousin again and went on a walking tour of the city. We got passes for “the Tube” and boarded our first train towards the Buckingham Palace. From there we spent a lot of time walking around different parts of the city all the way to Greenwich. We got to see a lot of tourist attractions and walked close to 50K steps. We ended the day with a well deserved and refreshing beer on the river walk overlooking the Tower of London Bridge.
The next day we woke up and enjoyed a nice sit down breakfast outdoors. We walked around a little more and headed towards the train station to board the bullet train to Paris. Little did we know that most of the streets were closed that day and we were not able to get around in a cab. We ended up running through a bike race towards the station and catching a cab on the other side. Luckily we made the train with five minutes to spare.
We really enjoyed visiting London and exploring the architecture. Everywhere we went people were very friendly and we felt very much at home there. London is a well taken care of city and we hope to come back.
Stay tuned for part two, Paris and part three, Poland coming soon!