European Adventures: London!

Jay and I have been talking about going to Europe fooooor-eva. Well, at least for the past 3 years. In the spring we decided to just go for it and book our tickets to Europe. It especially helped when my sister-in-law’s parents offered a place to stay in Prague. How can you say no to a free place to stay? We did everything a little last minute, but it was still incredible. The week before we left, Jay was researching hotels as I crammed in more shifts to get the most time off. We bought guide books, loaded our new kindles (so addictive!), studied maps, stuffed our bags, shipped the pooch off to my parents, and hit the road… err, air.

We did a bit of a whirlwind trip: London to Brussels to Amsterdam to Berlin to Prague. phew! We’ll blog pictures from each city. This trip was something I know that we are going to remember for years & years.

Our first stop was London. We thought about sticking around for the Olympics, but decided we didn’t want to deal with the craziness. Instead we enjoyed the week-before cleanliness. Seriously! That city was so clean! The highlight of the trip was when a cashier complimented me on my accent! Plus, we left 102˚ weather in Philly and were welcomed with highs in the 60s-70s. Glorious.

Cheers, friends!

Day one. We found our hotel, dropped off luggage, and headed into the center of London.

Buckingham Palace. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the queen, but she wasn’t in.

Jet-lagged, disheveled, & missing a suitcase, but still so happy to be in Europe!

Westminster Abbey.

Parliament & Big Ben

On our second day, we walked all over, and toured Westminster Abbey & the Tower of London.

Westminster Abbey is breathtaking. Thankfully they have chairs as soon as you enter, so I could just sit and take it all in. 

The Olympic & Paralympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, were all over the city!

Again, so excited to be in London!

There were Olympic preparations everywhere turned. Everyone was so excited! We saw tons of athletes and officials walking around.

Tower of London

The Bloody Tower. Prisoners would scratch messages into the stone. 
Our favorite meals in London: We ducked into a pub to get out of the rain and enjoyed delicious fish & chips, then a picnic outside Kensington Palace. 
This is for you, Russ!

British Museum of History.

On our last day in London, we hit the streets again, exploring other parts of London we hadn’t seen yet.

Kensington Palace & a statue of Queen Victoria.

Part of the Olympic triathlon course.

The Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. There were so many kids running through their fountain in their skivvies.

An open-air market that we spent hours exploring.

In the afternoon we headed to Olympic Park to see some Olympic-mania!

A Lego arena

Olympic Park! This vantage point was from the official Olympic store. They had huge viewing windows.

The queen herself… in jelly beans. 
The Underground escalators were so steep!!

The Abbey road!

Tons of tourists almost got hit to get a photo. I may or may not have joined in.

Abbey Road Studio.

Kings Cross & St. Pancras.

Next stop: Brussels!

Hannah Chen - August 22, 2012 - 10:11 am

I LOVE these! Oh man, as if I already didn’t want to go to Europe with every ounce of my being…. awesome work, guys!

Dad - August 8, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Very nice pics! And Kerith, you do a mean Paul!

Kait - August 7, 2012 - 10:56 pm

yayy for pictures!! and i love your dress. cute and comfy looking.

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