Day 6: A Brighton Adventure

Today we took one last British day trip. We went to the coast! Brighton is about an hour out from London so it’s the perfect distance for a day trip. 

We started the day with a visit to the Royal Pavilion. It’s decorated like India and China though the King who had it built had never been to either. It was beautiful!!

We had lemon meringue tarts and coffee on one of the balconies of the palace. 

After finishing here, we started our journey to the pier. On the pier, we bought a bag of donuts! We also took tons of photos and just enjoyed the day. Brighton was my favorite place to visit so far. Photo collage following. 

Day 5: A Cambridge Adventure


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Today, we took another trip out of London. This time, we went to Cambridge! (Not Massachusetts)

We spent most of the time wandering the naturey parts of the city. We took a collegebacks punting tour on the River Cam and that was so fun. Our guide told us about all of the colleges and bridges. He also told us that Stephen Hawking still teaches at Cambridge! 

After punting, we went towards King’s College where we found out that the grounds were closed due to exams and graduation. We were still able to visit the chapel though so that was exciting. 

We had a lot of time left after the chapel so we once again ate fish and chips. We had passed a botanic garden on the way to the river earlier so we decided to return there and walk through it. They were having a plant festival so we got to see a bit more than normal!

We took an earlier train back to London than we had planned but that allowed me time to take this photo: 

I paid £20 to skip a massive line and be next to take my photo. We would have been in line for an hour! I got a lanyard that said VIP, a Hogwarts Express ticket, and a printed copy of my photo along with a digital copy. 

Now we are sitting in a Starbucks wasting time until closer to 6. We have dinner reservations before we see American in Paris tonight. Brazilian food!! Seeing American in Paris and eating Brazilian food all while we’re in London. Makes me laugh!

Tomorrow we will be taking another daytrip away from London as well as meeting up with some friends who are also on a “holiday” as the Brits call it. It’s so hard to believe tomorrow is our last day in the U.K. before heading up north to Scandinavia! 12 days left until we come home! 

Day 4: St. Paul’s, the Tower, and more Harry Potter

Today we spent most of our time outside. We started bright and early at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Last time I was there we were only able to see the floor as it was a Sunday. This time, we were able to visit the Whispering Gallery, high above the floor. It was quite a lot of small steps to get there, but it was worth it! Unfortunately no photos are allowed at St. Paul’s, so you’ll not be able to see what we saw. 

After St. Paul’s, we decided to walk to the Tower of London. It was a 2 mile walk, but it was a beautifully chilly day so I enjoyed it. We had a rain scare once, but then the sun started to peek out. On the way there, we were able to cross three of London’s most famous bridges – Millennium, London, and Tower. We also walked down several cute alleyways.  

Mom wanted to go to the top of the bridge where there is a glass pathway but I didn’t want to. Instead, we crossed and headed on to the Tower. 

The Tower was massive! We spent easily three and a half hours here. We saw each room while there, including the vault that houses the Crown Jewels. It was so neat to be able to walk in and out of the walls and rooms and see the serif graffiti on the walls. 

This was just a cute little area in the Tower. I liked looking at it.

We had quite a bit of time left after visiting the Tower so we decided to cross the Thames again and visit Borough Market. We enjoyed smelling all the aromas and seeing what strange foods they had for sale. Mom bought a small brick of wine cheese that was really good. She almost got it confiscated at Harry Potter though. Luckily the security guard allowed her to check her cheese into the cloakroom!

We also had our first meal at Nando’s. I remember not being super impressed with them when I visited four years ago, but I enjoyed the food this time! 

Harry Potter Part Two was very good also. I liked Part One more because there was more magic and surprises but both were good and I’m very glad I got to see it with the original cast only days before a new cast comes in. 

Day 3: More Museums and Harry Potter

We didn’t do many exciting things yesterday. We visited the V&A Museum. We only spent a couple of hours there and barely touched the place. It was massive!!

We also visited the History Museum. I thought the history museum would take longer than the V&A but it didn’t. We had tons of time left. We ended up heading to Leicester Square to pick up our show tickets. It rained all day but not miserable rain. 

We also saw part 1 of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was amazing. The effects and lighting were absolutely perfect. I can’t wait to see part 2 tonight!