Where do I begin? Today I got back from a two week adventure through Europe. We made our way through four countries, ten cities, and three very tired humans. I want to give a full recap of the trip and because we did so much during our time there I'm going to break it into two parts.
The first part was mostly spent in the Amalfi Coast in Italy. However, Robert, Alex (his sister), and I made our way to England to start the very first leg of our trip. We took a late flight out of O'Hare to London -- which ended up being an hour late so we got there around noon. As soon as we walked off the plane it was go-time. Now I should preface by saying, we planned a few minor things about the trip, the rest was up to fate/our discretion.
Right as the we walked through the train door into the London station, it finally hit me. "Holy shit, we're in a new country and we have no idea where we're going." You're probably thinking why I was in such panic with our iPhones handy at all time. However we had decided to use the international plan on only one of our phones and it turned out to be a dud. The internet never loaded and we were confused half the time. I guess that comes with being novice European travelers.
After spending 30 minutes getting lost in downtown London, we made our way over to our "flat" to drop off our luggage. Low and behold we walked in and realized housekeeping had not made their way over yet. You can imagine this lead for an awkward run in with the housekeeper. In order to avoid awkwardness, we wondered around town and found a local pub to grab a quick bite to eat. By this time, we had about six hours to see all the sights and sounds of city.
After freshening up we made our way over to Buckingham Palace, we walked around for a little bit before grabbing the most touristy way of transportation, a bright red double decker bus. It turned out to be the perfect way to see all the main attraction in London since w were only there for such a short period of time.
We finished off the day with a ride on the London Eye, right before we got on it started to rain, which shouldn't have been a surprise. However, since we had all packed for a warm weather vacation we were caved and bought the most cliche London sweatshirts. Once we made it to the top of the London eye, even though it was rainy, we got to see some great views of the city.
Overall we were all pretty happy with the amount of sites we got to explore in the city. However, I wish we would have had a full day or two because there was a handful of other sites we all would have loved to see.