Arriving in London- Day 1

London is one of those iconic cities I had always dreamed of traveling to at least once in my life.  We were sad to leave Paris, but seeing as our next stop was London, made it easy to leave.  We flew into Luton Airport via easy jet and took the train 30 minutes into London, enjoying the countryside views the whole way in.IMG_2300 IMG_2304 IMG_2306 IMG_2309

We, again, used airbnb to book our stay, so we worked our way to the apartment, and when we checked in, the hosts had so much to share with us about things to see and do, and places to eat. I never took a picture of our room but it was the best place so far with a beautiful bathroom.

This was the view walking toward the apartment from the tube station- not bad eh?DSC_0334We arrived midday so we didn’t really have time to do much but wander the city, and thought the best way to do that was to take a London Bus Tour and see everything to get our bearings of the city. We chose to go with The Original Tour and had a good experience with them, we especially liked the open top, even though it was a bit chilly. I finally found use for the coat that I had been dragging around all this time.

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I didn’t take many pictures because I wanted to sit back and enjoy the views through my own eyes. We basically rode the bus until we felt like getting off, decided to get off at the London Bridge stop and walked to Borough Market.  If you take the tube here then it’s the London Bridge Station from the Northern and Jubilee lines.

This was one of our favorite things. Ryan and I enjoy our good share of different types of foods and there were so many food options it was hard for us to choose what we wanted to try. The only limit we set, was what our stomachs could hold. We hadn’t really eaten all day, and that’s the best suggestion I could make-go hungry.

IMG_2321 DSC_0237 DSC_0240 DSC_0235 This was a german sausage made by actual Germans. LEGIT…and it was delicious. Best sauerkraut ever and I have never really liked that stuff. IMG_2030DSC_0233Ryan was excited to try the venison burger. It was so fresh with lovely greens on top and the bun was delicious. 
DSC_0227DSC_0228 Ryan and I always wanted to know what Turkish Delight actually tasted like (The Chronicles of Narnia references this candy)-the only way I can describe it is a square gumdrop-like jelly substance covered in powdered sugar. Did I not explain that right? Just know-it was tasty 🙂 DSC_0225 DSC_0223 IMG_2025DSC_0222 IMG_2023DSC_0219 DSC_0218 DSC_0215 DSC_0211 DSC_0210 DSC_0209After we were finished stuffing our faces and walking around, we walked back up to our bus tour stop and hopped on the bus for some more sightseeing.  There are actually 3 different routes you can go on with this tour.

Our tour ticket also included a Thames River cruise, so we took advantage and got on just in time to cruise up to the Parliament buildings as the sun was setting.  The Thames offers unique views of London, with many iconic sites along the river.

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I feel like the bus tour is a good thing to do if you don’t have a whole day, and wouldn’t mind a whirlwind view of the city. Also FYI: Borough market is closed Sunday thru Tuesday.  We had a wonderful first day in London.  Stay tuned for what we allotted our entire Day 2 for…clue- we’re HUGE Harry Potter fans.

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