My Travel Journal: London, England (Part 2)

Hey everyone! Wow, it’s been a whole year since I’ve written a “My Travel Journal” post. I actually really love writing these and sharing photos with you, so I’m glad the time has come. As you all know I recently took a trip back to Europe with my family. My last trip was with my university’s art department, so I knew this time around it was going to be a whole new experience. We planned for England and Paris, France so today I’ll be showing you all my photos from London specifically. I’ll be going through places we visited, food we ate, and what I thought of it all.

Now, since I literally have over 500 photos from England alone, I will be splitting up each city into separate posts. I hope that’s okay! Today will be London and later on I will create posts for the other cities we visited by train (if you’ve kept up with my Instagram, these two extra places are no secret). Let’s get on to the photos!

Facetune.jpg

IMG_9156_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-55-38.jpeg

IMG_9182_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-01-25.jpeg

IMG_9183_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-01-53.jpeg

Facetune-1.jpg

Facetune-4.jpg

IMG_9184_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-02-01.jpeg

Facetune-3.jpg

Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, & More!

So of course, one of the first sights we visited was Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye. We stayed at the St. Ermin’s hotel, which was very close to them. We ended up around this area a lot, considering the hotel’s proximity. This area was much more touristy compared to where I stayed last time, which was the Lee Abbey in Kensington. Unfortunately, as you can see, Big Ben is getting some cosmetic surgery right now and scaffolding was covering basically the entire building. Nonetheless, it was still quite breathtaking and so English! Our hotel ended up being even closer to Buckingham Palace. It was a short walk over, but right when we arrived was when the guards were practicing for the Queen’s birthday. We were there right before the birthday ceremony and after the Royal Wedding; two huge events for the country!

IMG_9180_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-01-00.jpeg
Happy Birthday to the Queen!

IMG_9179_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-00-48.jpeg

Tower of London & Tower Bridge

Another day we decided to take a long walk over to see the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. I had been to the Tower of London before, but never had the chance to explore the inside. In it’s walls lie the Crown Jewels and an endless amount of English history (which is fascinating to me). I never expected for their to be what seemed like a little city inside the walls (and a torture chamber, yikes!) The Tower Bridge was beautiful as always, and I got to walk across it this time!

IMG_9197_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-06-17.jpeg

IMG_9199_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-05-58.jpeg

IMG_9176_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-00-11.jpeg
Chilling on what used to be the moat of the Tower of London

IMG_9175_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-59-50.jpeg

IMG_9173_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-59-17.jpeg

IMG_9174_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-59-38.jpeg

Tate Modern

Tate Modern is one of my favorite art museums ever, so of course we took a little walk through and saw some pretty cool works of art. I really love pieces that are placed in large exhibition spaces that make you feel so tiny. I’m also a big fan of audio pieces with odd or interesting sounds. The Tate Modern is a great place for that, especially the central room, which is called the Turbine Room (it’s probably one of the biggest spaces I’ve ever experienced). The following photo is probably my favorite photo from the entire trip! We took an elevator to the 10th floor of the Tate, where there was a 360 degree view of London skylines. This specific view includes the large column of the Tate and St. Paul’s cathedral in the distance.

IMG_9168_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-57-29.jpeg

Facetune-2.jpg

Trafalgar Square and St. Paul’s Cathedral

Trafalgar Square was another place I had been to previously. It’s my favorite place to relax in the sun while snacking on my favorite cucumber and tuna sandwich from Pret a Manger! You guys better believe I took full advantage of the Prets on every corner, LOL! Trafalgar Square is just so beautiful and I love seeing the different art pieces they have outside of the museum.

I went to St. Paul’s during my last trip, but never got a chance to explore the inside. My family planned on attending a church service with the choir planned to sing. The inside of this cathedral is absolutely breathtaking, complete with coffered ceilings, tall arches, mosaics, and gold detailing. With the enormity of the thing, the voices of the choir filled the entire space and was quite angelic. Again, appealing to my love of audio art pieces. It was so beautiful, even the outer architecture is gorgeous. My sister and I decided to take some photos at the front while a strange English man decided to give us a history lesson about the statue out front. LOL, it was quite the random (and funny) experience. Love the photos we got though!

IMG_9161_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-56-13.jpeg
Fountains of Trafalgar Square
IMG_9160_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-56-01.jpeg
I got hustled here last year, LOL

IMG_9171_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-58-28.jpeg

IMG_9170_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-58-16.jpeg
My sister (Skye) on the steps of St. Paul’s

 

Facetune-5.jpg
Your girl hangin’ next to these dope columns

Food & Strolling Around Town

A few things I noticed about London this time is that there isn’t a wide range of food options. On every street, you have the option of either Nando’s, Pizza Express, Wagamama’s, or Pret a Manger. I’m not complaining though, I actually really enjoy every one of these places. Pizza Express and Pret were both huge hits with my family. There were some of the funniest places we found just by walking around. If you’re traveling somewhere new, I’d recommend taking a day just to explore and find random, weird things on your adventures. Hyde Park (which is right next to Buckingham Palace) was one of our favorite little spots to walk around and enjoy the beautiful garden they built around the water. Please enjoy the photo of me chilling with the geese that inhabit the park. I apologize if I annoyed any of them with my fascination, LOL.

IMG_9194_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-05-04.jpeg

IMG_9193_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-04-50.jpeg

IMG_9191_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-04-38.jpeg

IMG_9190_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-03-20.jpeg
This little yogurt shop called “Snog” was just too cute!

IMG_9188_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-03-03.jpeg

IMG_9195_Facetune_18-06-2018-14-05-23.jpeg
Love this mural of Shakespeare and this girl dancing around, having a grand time
IMG_9149_Facetune_18-06-2018-13-55-21.jpeg
Just enjoying St. Ermin’s

Facetune-6.jpg

Facetune-7.jpg

That’s about it for this post, I hope you enjoyed this little trip through London with me. It truly is one of my favorite places, and I’d like to think I’ve seen a lot of the world. Our last day here however, I did get a pretty horrible fever and chills, which led to a further sickness that took a bit of a toll on our travels. Check out my post here if you’d like to read in detail about what happened. With that being said, I would like to mention how kind and considerate the hotel staff was when all this happened. On our way to the train station to leave London, they sent us off with a bag full of water bottles and made me a hot peppermint tea to calm my stomach. It really was one of the most kind gestures I’ve experienced, so if you’re ever staying in London, I would highly recommend the St. Ermin’s Hotel. Not only are you getting incredible room service, an elegant and beautiful building, but also a staff that genuinely cares about their customers.

London is definitely somewhere I’ll be returning to throughout my life, if I get the chance of course. The history fascinates me and the architecture is something I wish we had here in America! Let me know what you thought of my photos down below in the comments! What’s your favorite place to travel to and what’s on your bucket list? I’d love to know! I’ll be back soon with the other cities we visited in England!

signature.png

I’m over here too! Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter

Advertisements

31 thoughts on “My Travel Journal: London, England (Part 2)

    1. omg that’s so sweet! this sounds so cliche but I totally believe if you want something bad enough and you put that into the universe, it can totally happen. just keep aiming for that goal and I know you’ll be in london one day!! ❤

      Like

    1. omg thanks so much! it’s funny how when you’ve lived somewhere for so long you forget just how special it is. like i’ve lived by the ocean my entire life and sometimes forget how many people haven’t even seen it before!

      Liked by 1 person

  1. You are so photogenic! I’m so glad you enjoyed London – I totally get what you mean about the limited food options. I think you have to definitely research beforehand and probably head more centrally into Covent Garden and Leicester Square for different food options. xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aw thank you love! and you’re totally right. i ended up meeting a friend who was also in london and we went to by chloe in covent garden! i was planning on making a post about it because it was so dang cute! xx

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I love By Chloe – it is so cute and the food is so good, although a little expensive for what it is. They are actually building one closer to where I live… my bank account is going to hate me! xx

        Like

  2. Hi,

    if I read this review of London as someone who doesn’t know London, your review is very helpful and would make me want to visit London.

    I write regarding Pret A Manger, that is on every corner and which I helped to be on every corner and soon more countries.

    I worked for 10 years in Pret. From a customer point of view Pret is really great, it looks great from the outside, fantastic products made on the site every day, friendly/smiling looking staff.

    From the inside though, from the perspective of staff it is a very very different story. Pret is extremely good in PR and with their Mystery Shopper scheme (I call it “Misery” Shopper) the staff is forced and bullied into smiling, no matter what they go through.

    I have been bullied while in bereavement, became further traumatised and ill. I entered into ill emailing, was tricked and trapped by Pret’s HR dept. and subsequently fired while my father was in intensive care, just out of a coma.

    If this sounds like a Hollywood film, don’t just take my word for it, on my website under “Open Letters to Pret” I combined a long list with links to Employment Review Websites and compiled them into “Pret Staff Complaints”.

    https://latenightgirl.org/open-letters-to-pret/pret-staff-complaints/

    All I ask is for the consumer to please look deeper and ask some questions. Can staff REALLY smile for 8 hours straight in an extremely intense stressful environment? WHO in their right mind is really that happy in such a job?

    Important people are now having a closer look at Pret’s work conditions.

    I hope everyone looks a little deeper. I survived to tell my story.

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.