2012 Vacation Part 1 – London

Today was the first time in over two weeks that I had to sit in traffic on my way home. Oh how I miss the Tube in London. It may have been a little warm in there, but at least it moved and I could distract myself with a book while waiting to get to my next destination.

My trip to London was interesting. It was the first time that I had to explore a new city on my own and I loved how London made that so easy. Figuring out the Tube was brain dead, there were maps at nearly every bus station and people in general were friendly and helpful. I only got lost once.

While in London, I stayed with a friend who lived near King’s Cross/St. Pancras station. I developed a morning habit of eating breakfast at the Benugo inside the station.

This was one of the few times that I actually wished I knew how to ride a bike.  They all look so shiny and new.

I didn’t take any taxis in London, but I wouldn’t mind getting into this one. COACH! I think we should probably paint the “Look Right” and “Look Left” on the cross walks in LA too. The hipsters in town can’t seem to follow the traffic lights, maybe they can read.

London has the cutest food trucks. These two were parked outside of the British Museum.

There was a house near Brick Lane that was named after me. I wished it was yellow.

My first taste of London was a visit to Covent Garden. I watched a football (aka soccer) at a Canadian pub. England won. I think I may be in love with Covent Garden. The food looked delicious. For all the macaron lovers out there, Laduree has a shop Covent Garden.

My first tourist attraction was Piccadilly Circus (or was this Oxford Circus?). My friend compared it to the Times Square of NY. I prefer Piccadilly. There were way less people and lot cleaner. Who loves double decker buses? I do.

The British Museum was huge and a little cluttered. There were too much to see. Admission is free.

I was only lost once when I was in London and that was in Regent’s Park after visiting Queen Mary’s Garden.

Aside from fish and chips, one must try the Indian food while in London.  It was pretty good.

Windsor Castle was probably my favorite place in London. Well…near London. I wish I could live here. Queen Mary’s Doll House was amazing. Too bad I couldn’t take any photos.

I did the most touristy thing you can possibly do in this country – I watched the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace then… I took a photo of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at the other side of St. James Park.

My friend highly recommended visiting the Tower of London. I’m glad I listened to her. It was fascinating and a little gruesome.

On my last full day in London, I visited Kensington Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Warning – there are approximately 250 steps that you will have to climb to get up to the Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s and about another 160 to get to the Stone Gallery. I don’t believe the cathedral has air conditioning.

The best meal I had in London was at Jamie’s Italian in Covent Garden.

 The gelato in London was pretty good too. Banana Stracciatella. I want some now.

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