Back in April, we visited London and I am just now getting around to sharing our experience... yes, it's only been four months since our return!! Anyway! Where has time gone?? I loved visiting London and parts of England's country side... Everywhere I looked, was picture worthy. England has loads of character and I'm a sucker for character.
We visited a lot of the popularly known sights in London, which are magnificent, and I'm so glad I was able to see them with my own eyes. However, my most favorite part of London was walking the streets + strolling the parks. I kept imagining a life there. Do any of you ever image living in the places you are visiting? ... I do!!
As I reminisce, of the time I spent there, and dream of one day returning to beautiful England, the first memories that come back to me are walking the narrow-brick-pebbled-streets, admiring the beautifully-adorned-home-fronts boasting with spring blooms, and getting lost in the beautiful parks that are sprinkled throughout the city. Ohh, the parks!! I could go on and on about the parks... the beautifully manicured parks were a dream... I could definitely tell that Londoners are very proud of their city. I also admired the juxtaposition between the historic architecture of the city and the modern way of life... these complement each other so beautifully. Did I mention how much I love character.... and all the character London boasts?? Yes, I loved all the architectural details. I also loved London's diversity... Londoners are so diverse in every way possible and I just admire that!
Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace + Kensington Palace's Gardens
Tower of London, London Bridge & River Thames
The Iconic Streets of London & The British Museum
We were so fortunate to book a day trip to explore Windsor Castle, The City of Bath, and Stonehenge. This gave us an opportunity to see a different side of England.
On route to Windsor + Windsor Castle
The City of Bath + The Roman Baths
We only spent a couple hours in Bath and I felt a connection... I felt the city was calling my name. I dream of one day returning to explore Bath City a little more... perhaps stay a little while. Bath is so quaint and has such a peaceful air.
The Country Side... on route to Stonehenge
Dear England, your countryside is so beautiful!!
Trafalgar Square, The Mall, St James's Park, & Buckingham Palace
London Eye, Westminster Bridge, Big Ben + Place of Westminster & Westminster Abbey
We were lucky enough to visit London in the springtime to witness all the beautiful blooms around the city parks. Regent's Park was particularly special, a highlight from this trip.
The Italian Garden's Cafe
Here's Alexander enjoying the park and taking in the views while we waited for the Italian Garden's Cafe at Kensington Garden's to open. We discovered this little gem when we were strolling through Kensington Gardens on our second day in London. We sat down on their courtyard for breakfast and were so static with our choice, that we had to return again for our last breakfast in the city before returning home. Our tastebuds fell in love with the food and our eyes fell in love with the views. The food was simply prepared, super fresh + delicious... and the organic coffee and teas were also stellar. This was another highlight of our trip.
I just love traveling, discovering new places + ways of life, and traveling to London was no exception. I particularly loved traveling with two of my favorite people and spending lots of quality time with them (without the demands of everyday life). Alexander really enjoyed himself too... he loved roaming the parks on foot... I'm sure he felt "wild + free". He was also keen on riding the trains + buses. A few of the words/phases Alexander picked up from this trip were, "London Taxi" "London Bus" and "Stonehenge". His pronunciation of Stonehenge is by far my favorite... Its music to my ears every time.
Hope you enjoyed our London travel dairy!