As promised, I’m sharing with you some highlights from my recent trip to the UK. Although the plane trip to London was over 8 hours long, it seemed shorter. I think it was due to the rapidly building excitement of finally fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting London, England. Once we arrived, we did the normal travel duties (checking maps, exchanging money, running outside to grin like madwomen that we had arrived) and then off to our trip on the tube (subway) towards our hotel designation. Of course, being Potter fans, we located
a hotel situated right off King’s Cross Station. As such, our first stop was the 9 ¾ platform set up exclusively in the train station for such enthusiasts. For four days and three nights, we walked and walked all over London. When our feet tired, we took a bus or the tube. See photo here that shows those Brits help out
the directionally challenged (which saved us a TON of time). Ha!
But, mostly, we walked. I will be posting additional photos once I get them from my daughter. In the meantime, I’ll share here the ones I took on my phone. Our very first stop was the British Library (I’m a writer, so of course this was the first stop)!
The London Bridge was another one of our first day stops. It, of course, was not as beautiful as the Tower Bridge. Most Americans, I heard, confuse the two. The London Bridge is more modern with the Tower Bridge being the one that most associated with London.
Of course, we watched the tourists heading into the Tower of
London. We tried the traditional dish of “fish and chips”, with chips being French fries, not American potato chips. Those are referred to as crisps. We took a tour of the Globe Theater and watched a rehearsal in progress. Beautiful! The weather was cool, but not cold and the River Thames was everything I thought it would be. As I am currently writing Regency Romance, this was a great opportunity to do some research on actual locations of specific places (Vauxhall Gardens, Hyde Park, etc.). More to come on my next blog!
Remember, dreams can come true. This is proven by my trip and the fact that my best friend and co-blogger Debbie Herbert’s debut book is coming out in November! Dreams just require some work, that’s all. If you have been to London, or anyplace you’ve dreamed about, I’d love to hear about it.