One of the (many) awesome things that happened during my sister’s visit was that we had a girls’ weekend in London.  Yeah, it didn’t suck.  It was one of those things that came together and I realized how lucky I am for several reasons: 1.) I live in proximity to lots of wonderful cities, making little excursions like this so much easier (read: possible).  2.) My husband is the best.  Not only is he completely able to handle Quinn and all aspects of taking care of her and the house etc., he is willing.  And 3.)  My sister was actually able to make the trip out here and spend enough time that we could divvy it up and make this little side trip of our own.  So, yeah.  This was fantastic.

I was lucky (okay, again with the luck) enough to have a friend here give us lots of suggestions/recommendations about what to do etc.  One of my friends here lived in London for several years before moving to Germany, so she was extremely helpful in supplying lists of things to see/do, places to shop, where to stay, and even how to navigate the train system (insider secrets, haha).  Truthfully, her email to me about London might as well have been a printed book about visiting the city sold at Barnes and Noble.  I saved and printed the ENTIRE list of ideas, do’s and don’ts.  We carried it everywhere with us, and embarrassingly used her hand-drawn (simple, simple) sketch/map of important shops that were “must-see’s” as though it were a page out of an Atlas or official tourism publication.  I mean, really…turning the paper and aligning ourselves with whatever landmark and then following the “route” to our next destination.  Pathetic.  And yet, amazing that a little scribble of a guide got us EVERYWHERE.  We referred to it more than any actual map.  Perhaps it just says a lot about my friend’s cartography skills.  Let’s not discuss what it may say about me and Katie.

Moving on.  We stayed in the South Kensington area based on the advise of my aforementioned friend.  This was perfectly situated near most of the sites/ areas we wanted to visit and had a tube station just a few quick steps away.  I will say, with London being quite expensive (especially in terms of accommodations) we didn’t exactly get much for our money with our hotel.  Good thing Katie and I were interested in function first.  Our room served its purpose as a place to sleep, and not much else.  But we had fun ANYWAY!

On day one (we arrived early on a Thursday) we took a bus tour of the city…again on the advise of my friend.  Knowing that we didn’t have time to see and do everything we figured this would be a good way to get an overview of the city.  And it was.  I have to apologize for being so lazy with the pictures.  My sister was taking loads and so I sort of slacked off a bit.  This means I don’t have tons to share with you, but here are a few:

We had the best weather - lots of blue skies!



Even though these pictures don’t really show much traffic, I cannot exaggerate enough how insane the roads were.  The bus tour (we rode on top of an open double decker) was a nail-biting experience.  The roads were completely packed and maybe the fact that they drive on the opposite side of the road added to the seeming chaos of it all.  And these bus drivers, I tell ya…they drive as if they’re behind the wheel of a midlife crisis-esque car: zipping around corners, completely ignoring the fact that they make very wide turns usually into the other lane of traffic, cutting over at the last minute, and stopping millimeters from the car in front after waiting till the last possible second to hit the brakes.  As you might have guessed, we survived the bus ride.  After white-knuckling (you know, fingers firmly clasped around our city maps) it around the city of London we stopped back at the hotel for a little nap before heading out that evening.

Night one we chose to stay close to “home”.  We picked a little pub in the neighborhood of our hotel and settled into a comfy booth in a corner to have a little drink and a little eat.

Fish and Chips platter- complete with fried shrimp and smashed peas!


First up...Katie!


Next, me...

So yes.  We EACH had one of those platters.  And yes.  We DID get laughed at by the table next to us….so apparently they’re meant to be shared??  Whatever.

Stay tuned…more London to come!


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  1. Danielle Jenks
    Posted October 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Looks like you ladies had a fabulous time! Rach, you look AMAZING!! xoxo

    • Rachael
      Posted October 3, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      Thanks Danielle!! We did have a lot of fun 🙂

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