Hello everyone! We thought we’d do a nice mini-post of our morning…
We got up, got ready and finished packing up our belongings. Packing had actually gone quite smoothly last night. We bought a big, cheap duffle bag so that everything could easily fit…plus paying for an extra bag is cheaper than overweight charges.
After breakfast we went for a walk. We wanted one last chance to see London. Plus it was a nice full circle to have our last European view be that same as our first:
Next will be the crazy tube ride to the airport…with our backpacks, carry on bag each and duffle… The bad part will be changing trains in the busy Piccadilly Circus station… Then it’ll be onto the airplane & off to Canada! Yay Canada!
We will miss it here…but more on that later..
Love, Luck & Leaving Right Now,
This morning we treated ourselves to breakfast out. It seemed like the thing to do on our last full day in Europe. We found a place with a sweet deal and ate like the Brits would (except without the Heinz beans):
Next we headed back to Oxford Street to finish up our shopping…there were still plenty of stores to hit! However we really only ended up making more purchases in Primark…but it was cool to walk the famous shopping area anyways. After a coffee break at lunch time we hopped on the undergroud. While waiting at the metro stop we saw another celebrity! This time we got a picture with him:
That’s Henry VIII for those of you that can’t just recognize him like we can.
The underground brought us out a place where we could use the crosswalk…not very exciting sounding…until we point out that it was outside this place:
and on this road:
and inspired these photos:
If you haven’t got the references yet, well you’re either very young or completely uneducated in music. That is the crosswalk that the Beatles are pictured crossing on the cover of the Abbey Road album. Don’t we look just like them?
We ate our last real European meal in a pub in the road to Trafalgar Square. It was a delicious meat pie each:
Then we wandered the streets to Trafalgar Square and past Parliament, Big Ben & the London Eye. We tried to take it all in because it is home tomorrow!
Daily Wrap-Up Question:
Today we just want to know who is reading our blog…so the request is simple, just write your name in a comment. This one is the most important request we’ve made yet because we want EVERYONE to do it. It’s really simple to comment and you don’t have to sign up or anything…just comment as a guest! Please Please Please just write your name and maybe how you are associated with us…if you are associated with us in any way…for example, “I am Justine’s mother” or “I work with Kristin’s dad”.
Thanks in advance for doing this for us!
What We Miss:
Because we have run out of things we guess we can now say our sisters….Just Kidding! We saved the best for last! We super miss Sister K and Sister P…in fact we have a countdown until we see them:
Until Justine gets to see her little sister – approx 29 hours
Until Kristin gets to see her big sister – approx 53 hours
Love, Luck & Last Day in London
PS. Don’t forget to sign your name in a comment!
Today is the last time we can start a post by saying “Today was a travel day…”, unless you count flying home…but that’s a whole different thing. Our Eurostar tickets weren’t until 1pm (because we are paranoid about missing important trains) so we were able to get up late (in Justine’s case), pack up slowly (in Kristin’s case) and still get to the station with plenty of time to change our money, print our tickets and get through security. The train ride was uneventful, but we made sure to note when we were in a tunnel. Last time neither of us had been paying attention and we’d missed out on the chance to have a “we are under so much water right now!” conversation.
When we pulled into St. Pancras in London, we reloaded our Oyster metro cards and hoped on the underground. It wasn’t too bad of a ride to our hostel, which is the same one we stayed at in August. We are actually even in the same room as last time, although different beds. As an exciting change, the Walrus Waterloo now has code locks (last time it had keys) and has improved their breakfast selection.
Once we were settled in we did the walk across the Westminster bridge. Our imaginations had not gone crazy: the view of Big Ben & Parliament is just as unbelievable as we remembered.
You know what else is as unbelievable as we remembered: British food! We had it built up in our minds…so much meat, potatoes, peas and gravy…yum! We went for supper at a random pub and were treated to a lovely combination of all of those foods. We fell back into our same routine we’d held for the month we toured the UK: Justine had a meat pie (steak with veggies & mash) and Kristin had bangers & mash (with onion rings on top and so many mashed potatoes that she couldn’t even finish half of them!).
It was still early when we finished eating so we wandered towards Trafalgar Square…we just love it there so much that we couldn’t stay away! We weren’t dressed warm enough to just sit around but we enjoyed the view of the giant Christmas tree in the square’s center and listened to the carolers in front of it. The tree is actually a gift that the city of London receives every year from Norway for their help during the Second World War.
And we are going to finish up with a question. We offer participation points for answering, but also encourage people who are not playing for points to answer as well…we really want to hear from alllll of you! Since we are now at our last stop of the trip, what is the place we have most inspired you to visit? Tell us the city/country/sight that you read about and said “I just have to go there!”.
What We Miss:
When everyone spoke our language and we understood everything everyone was saying…oh wait…
Love, Luck & London we Missed You!