London

2018 has been one of the best years of my life.  I went into this year with the intent of going outside of my comfort zone.  Traveling outside of America has always been a goal of mine, but due to obligations mixed in with anxiety of the unknown I found many excuses to put that dream on hold.

The first stop on my overseas adventure was London.  This city oozes with thousands of years worth of history.  Growing up in a country established only a few hundred years ago did not prepare me for all the culture that I was about to experience.  I also gave myself the impossible task of attempting to fully experience this city in only two days. (what was I thinking??)

We decided that a good place to start would be Westminster Abbey.

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Not too far from it was the Parliament House.

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If you’re wondering where the Big Ben photos are, unfortunately for me, the entire structure was covered for renovations. Joy.

After going across the Westminster Bridge, we got a great view of the London Eye, along with this cute coffee truck.

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From there, we got on a ferry that took us on a tour down the River Thames.

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Our tour dropped us off at The Tower Bridge.

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We ended our first day eating dinner at one of London’s oldest pubs, The Anchor.  The significance of this place, rather than the fact that it’s super old, is that Shakespeare’s actors used to do their costume changes in the restroom because his plays were preformed next door at Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Fast forward to the next day.  We spent a majority of our morning at the Tower of London, AKA, the place where a ton of people, including Anne Boleyn, were executed.  This is also where a majority of the Royal’s jewels are up for display.  Most of the Tower of London cannot be photographed but here are the few shots that I was able to capture.

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Not far from the Tower of London is The Shard, a modern skyscraper that gives you an amazing view of London.  This building is 95 stories high so if you have a fear of heights, you might want to sit this one out.

But, I mean, look at this view!

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The last stop I made in London was the Tate Modern Museum. Admission is free and they display pieces of Picasso’s art, although his gallery does cost money to view (understandably).

Here are few memorable pieces that I found in the free-to-view galleries.

 

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London was a trip that I’ll never forget.  I’m so glad that I was able to add it to my memory bank.  I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post!  Looking at these photos helps me to remember just how much of a great time that I had.

 

Until next time,

–  Hannah

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