Hello from Europe! Apologies for the lack of blog posts so far, but I haven’t had as much downtime as I thought! We are having the absolute best time on our trip. We’ve already seen SO much, but we still have over two weeks left to go! Crazy! We’re currently in Venice right now and loving it, but more on that later. 😉
We arrived in England and were scooped up by Dave’s aunt, who we were lucky enough to stay with in their town of Gerrard’s Cross. It’s about a 20 minute train ride to London, which was so convenient! The first day, we stuck around Gerrard’s Cross and had fun looking at all the gorgeous homes. His aunt cooked a traditional Sunday roast lunch, and it was SO GOOD. There was so much food, it was insane. It was basically like a British Thanksgiving! It was the perfect way to kick our jet leg and get us ready for lots of exploring in London the next couple of days.
Oh, London. I fell in love with London the last time I visited, and it definitely didn’t disappoint this time around. I can’t get enough of this city! It was cloudy and chilly, which I loved. I finally got to have my dream fall weather (not 70 degree San Diego “fall”)! I broke out my cozy turtleneck sweater and trench, so I was a very happy girl.
We spent our first day in London doing a TON of walking. We explored Soho, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, and of course stopped by Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. We crossed the Thames and ended up having the best view of Big Ben!
Dave had never been to Harrods before, so we popped in there (he was freaking out about the food, haha) and we hit up Fortnum & Mason as well. I wanted a picnic basket, or hamper, I should say, from Fortnum & Mason, but sadly couldn’t fit it in my luggage. 😉
We stopped for lunch at an adorable pub that I wish I could remember the name of! I had so many places picked out to eat, but we stumbled upon this place and it couldn’t have been more perfect. For lunch we got fish and chips (of course), a couple of beers, and took in the sights and sounds of the theater district from our perfect window table.
My trench coat made me feel like a real Londoner, and kept me warm all day long! I love that it has a removable liner on the inside for added warmth. I definitely needed it in chilly London! This coat has been my go-to on this trip (I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day). If you’re in the market for a trench, give this one a try!
We ended our first day at a traditional British pub, the Grenadier, that was tucked into a little street that we could hardly find. It was so worth a couple of missed turns and extra walking! The place was built in 1720, which is just crazy to me, and was so cozy inside on a cold fall evening. It was such a great way to end the day! We kind of overdid it with all of our walking (I think we clocked in over 10 miles) and I was a little sore the next day, but it was worth it since we saw so much.
Stay tuned for the second part of our London adventures next week (and lots more from Europe)!