London: Day One

Wow it has been a crazy past 48 hours! We took off Friday morning and about three hours later we were taking a train into downtown Toronto (But more about that later)! We finally landed in London at 9am local time Saturday morning. The flight was definitely rough, I was freezing cold and my stewart told me there were no blankets available. (There were enough blankets for the couple in front of us being helped by a different stewardress, but i’m sure he wasn’t just being lazy…)

Once we touched down my Aunt and Uncle picked us up and drove us back to their house. It is the cutest home ever! The house has five bedrooms, a gorgeous courtyard with a water fixture, and one of the best kitchens I have ever seen. I seriously wish I could live here! It is beyond amazing. We were greeted by a swarm of hugs (and squealing from Sabrina). After Michael and I had showered we set off with the whole family. We loaded up the oyster cards (a serious sightseeing must have) and took off! We started by going to the Natural History Museum of London. Michael was beyond thrilled with the dinosaur exhibit. We had a great time. I loved all of the exhibits, but what I really admired was the architecture of the older pat of the building, both inside and outside. It was absolutely beautiful. Once outside we shot a few pictures and then played a few rounds of tag and foot races with the girls.

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Next we walked about twenty minutes straight down Brompton Road to Harrods. Harrods was absolutely beautiful, as well as a little over stimulating! We explored the pastry and chocolate sections then headed up to the forth floor to have dinner with the kids at Disney’s Wild West Cafe. It was a Toy Story themed restaurant. The setting was actually really fun and we all enjoyed our food. Then we walked around the corner to the Disney Store. Then we went down a level to the giant Toy store- that is where it became completely chaotic! There were so many amazing toys and gadgets. We couldn’t decide where to look. I would say we spent at least in hour in there and did not notice. It is now one of my goals to bring my future children here. I loved seeing all of the kids in the store laughing and smiling. They were all totally enthralled! Finally, we grabbed dessert in Laduree. The macrons were so fresh! Michael got a coffee, a pistachio, and a chocolate flavored macron. I choose two coconut and one vanilla. The vanilla was absolutely breathtaking. However, I was incredibly fond of the coconut. Not because it was of poor quality, I just didn’t realize that it would have actual coconut shavings, a texture I really do not like.

After that we took a line down to the Piccadilly Circus area. It was absolutely crazy! There were street performers everywhere, hundreds of people swarming the streets, and lights every direction you could see. The architecture of some of the buildings was totally gorgeous. I loved looking at everything as we walked! We stopped in a few stores, including the M&Ms store. That was the most crowded experiences of London so far! We only stayed a few minutes because i literally could not move. We all were quickly separated and overwhelmed! Attis point the lack of sleep was kicking in so we took a train to our district then took another line back to the house. We decided to ride the “double layer” bus (as Sabrina calls it) home, even though we only rode for maybe four minutes, just so Sabrina could show me “how fun it is to sit at the top.”

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When we got home Sabrina put on a few dance performances with the help of her sisters, we ordered a pizza, and started to unwind. The night ended with Sabrina running around in her Queen of Hearts costume pointer her scepter at whomever was closest, yelling “off with your head!!” We soon got ready for bed, concluding our first day in London. What an awesome experience! I am so thankful we get to be here!!

** Just a small note. For people looking for fun things to do in London, but are on a budget, all the things we did toady were “free admission” as long as we didn’t purchase food or items (which we did, but you don’t have too)! So keep that in mind if you are looking for ideas! **

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