After a few days in Florence, we took a (very long) train ride to Rome. We really only had one full day in Rome and I was determined to make the most of it. We started at the Colosseum which is amazing. The fact that it has been around for so long and there’s so much history with it baffles me. It was (again) insanely hot so I wanted something flowy to be able to be comfortable. After the Colosseum we went to the Forum, which again was amazing. We had a quick lunch and then it was off to the Trevi Fountain, WHICH WAS CLOSED, for construction, but still. After way to much gelato and a short rain, we arrived at the Spanish Steps. We were able to see all the main sights during the day and then we also did a night tour to see the city in a different light. It was like another world and it was magical. All in all, it was an amazing trip and I enjoyed every moment of it!
Florence Day 1:
From London, we took a quick plane ride to Florence. Our first and only real day in Florence we spent sightseeing again. It was insanely HOT, which made walking around a little unbearable, but I was determined to see everything in a day. We started by looking at the Duomo, which I had studied in art history (nerd alert) and it is incredible. It’s so massive and beautiful, words or pictures cannot do it justice. We then went to a food market where you can literally buy any type of meat, cheese, wine, etc. It’s a massive building, but it smells amazing and some of the pasta looked incredible. From the market we finally got to go to the Uffizi Gallery, which was by far my favorite part of Florence (nerd alert x2). I played “tour guide” for my parents showing them some of the paintings I had learned about and was amazed that I actually remembered that much.. While we were there, we even ran into my good friend from Kansas who was studying abroad and had a few meals with her, which was nice to catch up and see her! Anyways, for as hot as Florence was, it is an amazing place and I highly recommend it.
London Day 4:
Today was by far my favorite day in London. We started our day by going to Stonehenge. It was a long drive, but definitely worth it. It’s such an interesting structure and the history behind it fascinated me (nerd status). After seeing the stones (there’s really not a ton to see there), we drove to Windsor to go see Windsor Palace. Since the Royal Ascot just occurred (as I’m writing this), Windsor was in preparations for the Queen’s arrival, which was pretty cool. You are not allowed to take pictures inside, but let’s just say I was able to walk up the same staircase as the Queen, but more importantly (to me) Kate, Will, and Harry! Windsor is massive, but so beautiful. I definitely recommend going to see it if you have the opportunity. I wanted to be comfortable since we were spending a lot of time in the car and as I mentioned in a previous post, it was unusually warm for England!
London Day 3:
Day 3 was all about sightseeing. We started bright and early at the Changing of the Guard. It was insanely crowded and we ended up leaving a little bit early since it was so hard to see anything (and people are rude). We then went to the Royal Muse to look at all the Queen’s Carriages. Of course, I had to ask which one Kate and Will rode in, but they didn’t have it. However, they did have the one Harry and Pippa rode in, so that sufficed (pictured below). From there we went to Selfridges to shop and get some nosh (there’s my British Slang). They had the coolest roof-top terrace for lunch and it was quite delicious. From lunch, dad and I said our goodbyes to mom as she had a business call, so we went where anyone else in London would… Parliament. We also explored the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and then had a lovely (and HOT) walk back towards Buckingham Palace and eventually to our hotel. We ended this fun day at Tom’s Kitchen, where mom and I had once read Kate and Will ate, so obviously we had to too. They have some of the best fish & chips, I highly recommend it!
London Day 2:
Day 2 was the day I had been waiting for — One Direction Day!! Clearly, my dad was very excited (the hotel even gave us the messenger bag)! I decided to go slightly casual and comfortable since it had been a long day and Wembley Stadium is open (but how cute, especially for Kiss You)… it was hot, for London anyways. It was one of the most magical nights Liam, Niall, and Harry all came to the side of the stage we were on, and I just fell even more in love with them than I already was. My love of boy bands has been around forever (Backstreet Boys was my first concert), but there’s something special about a British band. They sang all their songs and were so amazing. Although, the jet lag was catching up to me, and I was ready for bed by the end!
For as long as I can remember, I have obsessed with all things British. (Honestly, obsessed may be a bit of an understatement…) Anyways for our family vacation this year we decided to go to London, Florence and finish in Rome since those are the places I’m considering studying abroad. We did some pretty cool things at each place and will be sharing pictures from each day soon! Hope you enjoy!
London Day 1:
We landed in London in the late afternoon and went straight to Harrods after a quick freshen-up at the hotel. After just completing a huge project on Harrods for school I was really excited to dive right into the massive (330 departments) store!
More to come following all of my European adventures!