My wonderful sister came to Europe so we could travel together for my last six weeks there. It was a really amazing experience that I am very grateful for. Nothing like six weeks of travel with your sister best friend :] Anyways, London was our first stop. I took the “chunnel,”which is the high speed train that goes from Paris to London through a tunnel under the English Channel. Erica flew in to Heathrow Airport and we met up there.
We both LOVE British history, so it was awesome seeing the Tower of London and the other historic sites in the city. Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time in London, barely two full days. In that time we squeezed in a walking tour with some friends of mine, a lengthy Tower visit, and trips to the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, and the British Museum.
My favorite part was definitely our visit to the Tower. Anne Boleyn is my favorite historical figure, and her body is buried in the church inside the Tower. The place she was executed is also there, which was pretty moving to stand next to.
London has a really cool mix of history and modernity. As a history lover, I personally prefer cities like Paris and Amsterdam, where history is apparent everywhere you look. I like the feeling of stepping into the past, where you can look at the buildings and picture yourself a hundred years ago looking at the same things. You just have to ignore the cars!
Unfortunately, England is SUPER DUPER expensive for Americans, the pound being worth almost twice as much as a dollar. So although I would have liked to have had more time in London, it was definitely more practical to head into continental Europe where things are just a tad cheaper.