I NEVER seem to get enough time to explore London properly.
In 2007 I visited the British city for two-and-a-half days and even with five days there during this trip I still didn’t get to see everything I wanted to see. On the top of list was go up on the London Eye, and see a show on Broadway.
However, one of the main reasons to visit London this time round was to catch up with all our friends; Catherine, Ravi, Yunyoung (pictured below) and Ariane & Matthew .
After mastering the tube system during my first trip to London, I had no qualms about getting from the airport to our hostel using the system. But the one thing I wasn’t counting on was the craziness of peak hour and the fact our backpacks were not easily squished on a packed train. Needless to say it was not the most pleasant journey, nor was walking aimlessly around looking for our hostel after leaving the tube station in Piccadilly Circus. With no wi-fi we were at the mercy of signs and the good will of the people we shared the side-walk with.
I love London and thankfully Lion loved it too, even though he does always love the walking side of it. But that is my favourite part about exploring a city, seeing everything it has to offer and what the locals see daily. A tour bus only takes you to the popular sites and destinations, which means you miss everything in between. Getting lost while exploring, also makes for an interesting time.
If not for getting completely lost trying to find London Bridge we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do a time lapse in this place or take some truly great photos (see photo above).
Eventually, we made it all the way to London Bridge ( a few hours and pints later). And got our “selfie” on with all the passers-by, permanently frozen in time in the background of our photographs.
We managed to eat out at some delicious eateries and throw back a few pints, including one at a quaint bar on the edge of the River Thames.
We visited Covent Gardens, the London Eye, Parliament House and Big Ben, walked around the most royal of areas, near Buckingham Palace and of course got the typical “red phone box” photo (with Big Ben in the background). London is a comfortable and easy place to visit probably because of its similarities with Australia.
In London we also had perfect Summer weather and while I am familiar with the notorious London weather, we managed to get blue skies and warm days the whole time we were there. On the way to the airport the clouds came over and it started to sprinkle, I said to Lion ‘this is what it could have been like the whole time we were here’.
We will call on you again someday soon London.