London with my Englishman


London captured my heart like no other city I had visited before! Partly due to being a royals fan but mostly because my dear hubby is an Englishman. You can imagine I was ecstatic to finally get to visit his hometown and see where he grew up.

Train from Paris to London 

The air buzzed with anticipation the moment we disembarked from the 2.5 hour Eurostar train that transported us through the Channel from Paris to London. The city welcomed us with its characteristic blend of modern vibrancy and ancient dignity. 

Lasting First Impressions

After going down memory lane and spending quality time with our English family, hubby and I embarked on a sweet little journey to explore the vibrant culture and timeless beauty of London. Those summer days in early September made exploring the city quite enjoyable.  

London’s rich tapestry of history, art, and architecture promised an unforgettable escapade, and it delivered beyond expectations. From the grandeur of Buckingham Palace to the historic streets of Bath, each day unfolded like a page from a storybook, offering a glimpse into the heart of England. 

Exploring the West End and Piccadilly Circus

Once we dropped our luggage off to our hotel room, it was out the door again to wander through West End for unplanned discoveries and a deeper connection with the city. From the bustling streets of Piccadilly Circus to the serene beauty of its surroundings, every corner offered something unique.

The blend of historic pubs, cutting-edge galleries, and diverse culinary scenes highlighted the city’s dynamic culture. I even bought myself a little gift to remind me of this moment; a gorgeous pair of Valentino stud heels.

An Evening with Les Misérables

Our first evening in London was spent making a long-term dream come true – watching “Les Misérables” in the heart of the city! It was so delightful, a powerful performance that stirred the soul especially when we had just arrived from Paris.

The music, acting, and atmosphere were impeccable, encapsulating the spirit of London’s theatrical excellence. This trip to London would have been incomplete without experiencing its world-renowned theatre culture. 

The Spiritual Solace of St. Paul’s Cathedral

As a spiritual person, visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral was the highlight of my touristy visits in London. The cathedral stood as a beacon of resilience and beauty, even after being founded in 604 AD with the present structure completed in 1710.

I was in awe that I was walking through a building that countless royals and dignitaries had also done over a 300-year period. A memorable occasion was receiving communion whilst we were there.

The Majesty of Buckingham Palace

Visiting Buckingham Palace was a surreal experience for I had envisioned seeing this place many times over in my mind, I only wished the royals waved from that infamous balcony.

Seeing the guards march up and down was a spectacle of precision and grandeur, a vivid display of Britain’s rich traditions. Walking around the compound and taking it all in made me feel the weight of history and the continuity of the British monarchy.

Discovering London Bridge and Its Environs

The iconic London Bridge was more than just an architectural marvel; it was a gateway to the bustling life of London. The surrounding area, teeming with shops, restaurants, and breath-taking views of the River Thames, was a delight to explore.

The nearby Tower of London, with its intriguing history as a royal palace, prison, and fortress, added a layer of intrigue to the visit.

Wandering Through London City

There is so much to do and explore that a day in London is no way near enough. However, we made sure we got to be present and experience all we could in the short time we were there; from 10 Downing Street, London Eye, Parliament House to simply walking the streets that were bustling with good vibes and friendly people.

Cruising on the River Thames

The River Thames was so muddy that I was surprised to find out that this is the norm. I learned that it is just a muddy river due to the soil bed it sits on.

The muddy river didn’t deter us from enjoying the trip upstream with a cold drink and having a break from walking in the 30 degree day. 

A Weekend Trip to Bath

One of the highlights of our holiday was a weekend trip with family to Bath. Known for its Roman-built baths, this city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a picturesque stroll through centuries of history.

The Georgian architecture, the Bath Abbey, and the ancient Roman Baths provided a profound sense of time travel. The serene ambiance of the Thermae Bath Spa was the perfect end to our exploration, blending the historic with modern luxury.

Departure and Reflections

As my English journey came to a close, I was filled with a profound sense of gratitude and wonder. London, with its endless layers of history, culture, and beauty, had offered me a glimpse into its soul.

The memories of West End, Piccadilly Circus, an evening with Les Misérables, the serene St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, the vibrant London City and the World Heritage site of Bath will forever be etched in my heart.

This trip was not just a holiday; it was a journey through time, a celebration of art and history. It was also a personal odyssey with the love of my life that enriched my spirit. London, until we meet again, keep your stories alive and your heart open to all who seek your treasures.

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