For the next installment of my travel blog, I take you out of the country to London. Personally, I think London is the best city to visit in all of Europe. The big city feel, gives you a unique experience unlike anywhere else in the world. There are endless amounts of things to do no matter your age or interest.
1. A must do, that almost everybody has either seen a picture or heard of, is to ride the London Eye. The London Eye, is basically a huge, enclosed, ferris wheel, with windows all around each capsule. The staggering 443 foot tall ferris wheel is the tallest in the world. You can catch a ride either night or day and see some of the best views of the city while overlooking the Thames River. There is a small fee to ride but it is well worth the price. It was one of my favorite things I did while in London.
2. Another sight I recommend you see is The Tower Bridge. It is a suspension bridge which opens on occasion for large boats, but is now mainly just a beautiful bridge which cars, buses, and trucks all pass over. You can also walk along it, which is what I choose to do. It is the best way to take it all in. There is a staircase which can be taken to the top, with a small museum inside. While here, you can also overlook the river and watch small boats and other watercraft pass by.
3. Whenever someone thinks of London, they automatically seem to think of the Queen and the Royal Family. You can’t take a trip to see this city without seeing where they live. That is why you have to visit the world renowned Buckingham Palace. The 312 year old palace is a sight to see. Everyday, the changing of the guard takes place. However, this is very popular, and you must get there extremely early to see it all through the palace gates. Walking up to the palace is just as breathtaking as the actual building itself. You will see the homes of many other government officials and royal family members. Just in front of the palace itself is a small, quaint, well kept up garden with many bright, colorful flowers. The garden is what I enjoyed most about the whole experience.
4. Lastly on your vacation to London you must take part in a traditional London experience. I recommend afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason. Fortnum & Mason is a large department store that houses a room for afternoon tea on its top floor. The room, which is decorated in tiffany blue and white, is where the Queen herself often decides to indulge in an afternoon treat. You first start of with your choice of tea from their famous menu, then move on to finger sandwiches, and lastly scones. It is an experience you will never forget, and one that I certainly haven’t.
Reflecting back on my vacation to London, I can easily say that it is one of my favorite places that I have ever visited. There is just so much to do that you can go back again and again and not be bored. Some things I didn’t mention, but are still interesting include: the London Underground, commonly referred to as The Tube, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Wimbledon, Kensington Palace, and Trafalgar Square. London can be enjoyed year round. The city is huge but it is very easy to get around, being it one of the only European countries with English as a first language. Taking a visit here is something everyone should do in their lifetime.
A few different views of The Tower Bridge.
Tea at Fortnum & Mason.
Big Ben Buckingham Palace