When I think of london, I imagine a feast of tea and crumpets, individuals roaming around speaking in the most adorable of accents, wizards, witches and fairytales just waiting to occur.
The 10 hour journey to the UK started in San Francisco where I boarded a plane with my cousin and traveled approximately 5731 miles across the Atlantic ocean.
The plane ride was such a breeze with so many movies to watch and new books in my iPad to pass the time. My current favorites? "A Fault in Our Stars," by John Green and, "Beautiful Disaster," by Jamie McGuire.
During the the flight, I kept a constant habit of asking for water whenever refreshments were served. Keeping yourself hydrated is so important when you're up in the air and the humidity is low. (Dehydration makes your skin dry and your body more prone to illnesses! I'm sure nobody likes getting sick and having bad skin :P )
When we landed in Heathrow Airport, instead of hailing a cab, we decided to be adventurous and find our way to the hotel by way of the London tube. With only two people and two semi-light luggages, it seemed like a more eco-friendly cost effective option! (And it was :)
The Tube was a lifesaver throughout this trip and so simple to use. But beware! When topping up your Oyster card, don't forget to tap your card before AND after inserting your money. Otherwise, those pounds will go to waste.
Now onto the good stuff. Where I went!
On the very first morning, we had breakfast at a restaurant called Richoux. We ordered florentine eggs and a breakfast set. I love the fact that breakfast always comes with juice and tea or coffee! Our florentine eggs was so delicious. I think I have a thing for poached eggs and mushrooms now. :)
A few tube stops later, we arrived at Trafalgar square. The first of 'many' touristy photos was in line.
My next (line) of action was to conquer the copper lions. The kids were doing it, so I thought to myself, "How hard could it be?" and then.. it started to drizzle.
What's worse than unskillfully climbing onto a gigantic copper lion? A slippery gigantic copper lion. But I was determined, and with the help of my cousin, I eventually managed to get on.
Convent Garden, a market place that turned into a popular shopping area was conveniently in walking distance of the square.
We had the first of many many freshly squeezed juices here. Orange and apple juice never tasted this great!
Soho was next
After hours of walking, we settled at a cute smoothie bar called Joe & the Juice. I ordered a raspberry milkshake. Our smoothie was so fresh, energizing and perfectly sweet. The vanilla milk blend instead of ice cream really hit the spot.
A few more shops and a very sore pair of feet later, we headed back to the hotel to rest up for the next day! :)
Stay tuned for part 2!