After promising in this post to share with you some of my photos from our recent Europe trip I have finally uploaded the photos to my laptop to sort out! First up, London! I have so so many photos but I’ll try not to go overboard with the amount I put up here.
So this is my Europe Photo Diary from London, part 1 of what will be a 24(!) part series of my Europe Photo Diaries (I’ve got a list of the 24 parts at the bottom of this post if you’re curious about whats coming).
We flew in and out of London Heathrow as it was easiest (and cheapest). Stu and I had both been to London before (separately) so we could skip over a lot of things we had both seen before. London is also somewhere we are sure we will go back to at some point so we didn’t feel pressured to cram too much into our time there.
We stayed right next to the Tower of London (hence the large quantity of photos of the Tower and Tower Bridge!) which was great because we could just walk/catch the Tube everywhere. One small hitch to where we stayed though was the two Tube lines that stopped at the nearest station were closed for trackwork! Lucky London is a great city for walking!!
I got to catch up with my lovely friend Laura while we were in London. She had been living there for 6 months doing an exchange program for her uni degree (so jealous!) and our paths manage to cross at just the right time! We spent a whole day with her wandering around London, visiting the British Museum and National Gallery, doing the London Dungeon experience (surprisingly good!) and doing so much walking!! We were so busy having so much fun that I totally forgot to get a picture of the two of us together! She did take the above photo of Stu and I though.
I saw this awesome sign at a pub down the road from The Shard. You can pay to go up to the top of The Shard (we didn’t), apparently it’s a really awesome view. It was so hard to get the whole building in the picture though! There are so many glass buildings in London now, it’s such a weird mix of the really old and the really new.
Stu and I managed to squeeze in a trip out to Hampton Court while we were in London. I absolutely loved it there! The palace is beautiful and I think the museum part of it is really well done (the museum studies student in me coming out!).
There are actors dressed up as characters from the period (we saw Henry VIII, Katherine Parr, Anne Parr and Thomas Seymour) who walk around in character and interact with each other. They also interact with the ‘audience’ around them and you kind of stumble upon the characters as you wander around the site. You can follow them around as they continue to act out the story line, a lot of what the actors say and do is clearly impromptu but in character. People dressed up and acting as period characters can be done really well or really badly, and Stu and I both agreed that Hampton Court is the par excellence of this kind of experience. It is just done so well, and is so engaging. I would highly recommend a visit to Hampton Court Palace if you’re ever in London (especially if you love Tudor period history like I do!).
I’ve already shared so many photos with you, but I had such a hard time choosing which ones to share that I’ve put together two ‘collages’ of some of my photos that I love but didn’t post above.
I’ve broken my Europe trip up into easy to manage pieces, otherwise I’ll be drowning you in hundreds of images at once! So you know what’s coming, I’ve prepared a list of the 24 parts of this series:
Part 1: London
Part 2: Cambridge
Part 3: Paris
Part 4: Amiens
Part 5: Battlefields
Part 6: Ieper (Ypres)
Part 7: Amsterdam
Part 8: Berlin
Part 9: Prague
Part 10: Cesky Krumlov
Part 11: Vienna
Part 12: Salzburg
Part 13: Venice
Part 14: Pesaro
Part 15: Amalfi Coast
Part 16: Pompeii
Part 17: Rome
Part 18: Florence
Part 19: Tuscany
Part 20: La Spezia
Part 21: Lyon
Part 22: Loire Valley
Part 23: Normandy
Part 24: Mont St Michel
Let me know if there is anything in particular you want to know about any of these places and I’ll try to include it in my post!
Have you been to London? What was your favourite thing to visit there?