Our next, and last, destination was London. We decided to make our way to England by taking the ferry from Calais to Dover. I'm glad we decided to do this, as the view of the White Cliffs was wonderful. It was a very relaxing and nice way to regroup and decide what we wanted to do and see when we arrived in London.
Once in London, we again wandered around and saw many of the traditional tourist sites: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Towers of London. We also strolled through some lovely English gardens. I really enjoyed the gardens we saw at various locations throughout the trip. It inspired me to go home and try to recreate some of what I saw (in much smaller versions). I never have quite mastered the art - but I still work on it year after year.
It was fun to see some of the pomp and circumstance of the royals while in London. We were able to watch the changing of the Mounted Guard. There were no actual sightings of royals while we were there however.
As I have previously mentioned, we tried to find places to eat that were more authentic. One night in London we found this pub that fit the bill. I decided that I wanted to try a traditional fish and chips, because, "When in, well, London." I was in for a surprise when they put the basket down in front of me. The fish had head and tail still very much attached and still looking very much like a fish! I wasn't expecting that at all. I didn't know what to do or how to eat the thing. After recovering from the shock of it, I covered the head and tail with napkins and focused on the middle section. It was actually quite tasty.
While I enjoyed all the places we visited, in hindsight I would say it was too much for just two weeks. We often had to skip things we wanted to see just because we simply didn't have the time to fit them in. For my first trip though, I enjoyed it and it has just fueled my desire to go back and see more and more.
I love to travel. For me it is an escape, sometimes a reawakening, often enlightening and inspiring. I hope you enjoy the stories of "my adventures." If I inspire you to have some of your own - all the better. Bon voyage!
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