Travel Diary: London

Last weekend, Lizzy and I went to London to meet her mom and my mom and dad for a long weekend! Our trip started out a little unlike how we wanted… We were flying out of Florence to London City Airport. Unfortunately, Florence often has high winds and a short runway, so not everyone can get on the plane. Well, the gate agent came and asked if anyone wanted to volunteer to get on another flight and no one did. So they had to get a list and call people. OF COURSE Lizzy and I were on the list. After a very stressful hour, we learned that we were getting transported to Bologna and then flying out of there to London Heathrow. What should have been a 2-hour journey to London, turned into a much longer journey. But, we made it!

Thursday night, we freshened up after the hotel once we made it. We then met up with Mrs. Brownell and headed to dinner. It ended up being a really late dinner, and it would have been super delicious if I hadn’t been recovering from the stomach bug :(. We called it a night and I enjoyed a nice, deep sleep in a big bed all to myself!

Friday morning, I was woken up to the phone ringing saying mom and dad were about 5 minutes away! They finally made it and we relaxed a bit, before taking a walk to Harrods to look around. Mom, Dad, and I ended up eating at the burger bar there before mom and I left to go meet Lizzy and Mrs. Brownell at Sketch for tea. It was the most interesting place to have tea, but it was delish. We enjoyed some finger sandwiches, desserts, and many other goodies. It was a fun place to unwind and enjoy some yummy food. We then walked around Piccadilly Circus a bit before saying our goodbyes for the night! Mom, Dad and I finished the night off at Nobu with some sushi before calling it an early night to sleep and enjoy!

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Saturday morning we got up and went to the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill. It was the cutest area and they had all sorts of amazing antiques, food, and so much more! I was eager to seek out the Notting Hill Bookshop aka the store Hugh Grant worked at in the movie Notting Hill. It looked just the same, as it should, but there was a number of tourists around. Of course, we had to get a picture, though! We finished the afternoon off on a bus tour of London that took us to all the major sites in the city. From Westminster Abbey to the actual city of London and of course to Buckingham Palace, we saw it all! It was a fun way to see the city and all it has to offer. We got off the bus at Buckingham Palace and went to the gift shop to see the commemorative china for the Queen’s 90th birthday before going back to the hotel to freshen up before dinner. We met back up with Lizzy and her mom and went to dinner at Bumpkin. A restaurant that is owned by one of the women on Ladies of London – a show Lizzy and I love. It was actually really yummy and we had a good time!

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Sunday morning we got up and went to Liberty and walked around Oxford Circus before going to lunch in Chelsea with the brother of a man that works for mom. We had a traditional “Sunday Roast” and it was so much fun and the food was surprisingly really good. We then walked over to Kensington Palace and waved to Will and Kate and George and Charlotte before going back to the hotel to rest up after our big meal and then take a walk around Hyde Park. We finished the night off with some tapas at a restaurant in Oxford Circus.

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Monday morning we enjoyed breakfast and a few last minute errands and a walk before saying our goodbyes and going to the airport. It was such a fun weekend and we hated to see it come to an end. London will always have my heart, but we had to head back to Florence for midterms.

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