Welcome/Bienvenue/Willkommen to the start of my blogs for my Europe trip! It's taken awhile to sort through all my photos and also think about how I wanted to post these. I'll try to keep things brief with how each of my days unfolded-very much in a diary style so that all of you can relive this with me:)
Without further ado…my little jaunt over the Atlantic started on Dec 14…first stop, London to kick off 21 days of travel and a very much needed break! To get things rolling, my flight was delayed due to an emergency landing of another flight. Thankfully this ended without incident and my flight left about an hour later. Nothing like this to get me all wired for an 8 hour flight:P
Generally on long flights I like to have the aisle seat so I can get up, stretch and also hightail it outta the plane once it lands…well the later is a serious stretch of the imagination as that would involve clambering over heaps of people and bags! So to my left was an older woman, her daughter and then some random guy. I woke from a nap a few hours later and found this woman sleeping with her legs stretched out over my lap…great…just what I wanted. Her daughter asked if I would be able to switch seats so that her Mum could get out a bit easier if she needed to use the loo…no problemo for me.
So now the seating arrangement was the older woman on the aisle, her daughter to her left, me and then the random guy. After another short nap, I woke and found the daughter had pretty much fallen asleep on my shoulder, the mother had stretched out completely across my lap and her daughter's lap AND the random guy was intermittently swearing under his breath and I had nowhere to go:( Did I mention the random guy had also taken off his shoes and it certainly did not smell like roses. … only another 5 hours to go…
I landed in Heathrow (not my favourite airport…the last time I was here, I just remember running down the corridor with 15 minutes to go before my plane left…not so fun…) and I could not wait to get out to explore! Thankfully my friend Korinna was waiting for me and was an invaluable guide throughout my stay in London! We had a long train ride back to her flat and it was great to catch up after almost 4 years?!
After a snackie, it was out for an evening stroll over Tower Bridge (which is gorgeous at night) and along South Bank. This was a beautiful walk at night and the weather was perfect…clear and a bit crisp. We walked past City Hall, London Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern and also the Millennium Bridge. After this, I was pretty beat…having lost 8 hours in travel time and it was time for a nappie to rest up for the next day. On the menu for Day 2…ice skating…stay tuned!