Thursday, April 18, 2013

And then, London...

by Julie

The last stop on our whirlwind trip to visit Biz was London, where we had just enough time to take in a few sights and get her settled in her dorm/apartment for the second half of the semester. Have I mentioned that the weather was rainy and cold while we were in Europe? Well, in London it was even rainier and colder!


We stayed in a gorgeous hotel about a half mile from Buckingham Palace, and about two blocks from a tube station. Not bad, except there was one corner we always had to turn where the wind was so sharp that it nearly blew off our hoods and made our eyes water. Brutal.

Our first day in London was so cold and rainy, we opted to stay inside our hotel for afternoon tea. This wasn't exactly cheap, but it was wonderful, giving us time to plan the rest of our stay while comfy and warm and enjoying oh-so-delicious
treats.



We did brave the elements one of the days we were there. My husband and I wanted Biz to see the Tower of London, one of our favorites from our last trip. We had time to do that, but not to visit Westminster Abbey, another top spot. The best part of visiting the Tower of London is the free guided tour by the Yeoman Warders. Our guide was charming, funny, and entertaining as he brought history to life for us. Fabulous. Much better than walking around with earplugs, listening to an audioguide.

All too soon it was time for my husband and I to leave our baby and return home. It's tough to leave your kid in an apartment in a foreign country, but I knew that she'd learned her way around the city a little bit, and that helped. Still, I have to admit, I can't wait for her to come home.

That's the trip... hope you've enjoyed the journey. Next week, back to the basement! LOL


14 comments:

Aurian said...

You sure had a wonderful trip! I still have to visit London someday, which is not all that far away for me.
Is Biz short for something?

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I'm glad you had a good time, and I'm sure your daughter will have a wonderful time before coming home to you! The Hubs and I really need to do a trip to Europe, time just goes by so quickly!

Julie Hyzy said...

London was absolutely great, but I'd suggest going in the summer or fall, when the weather is better. Yes, Biz is short for Elizabeth. One of those names that just happened, and then stuck.

Julie Hyzy said...

Time does fly by too quickly. I hope you get to Europe soon. It's truly awe-inspiring to visit all the history there.

Barbara said...

We loved the Tower of London tour as well. The guides are a hoot and so well-informed. I thought it was cool that they and their families get to live in the tower.

Joanie said...

We spent a week in London sightseeing a couple of years ago, and even a week wasn't enough to see all we wanted. However, like you, my favorite site was the Tower of London complex. I could have gone back again and again, and I want a permanent afternoon spot on the adjoining promenade along the Thames.

Julie Hyzy said...

Isn't it wonderful? The guides are so engaging. I loved every minute there. And let's not forget the Crown Jewels!

Julie Hyzy said...

Isn't it something? When my husband first mentioned it, I expected a tower. Just a plain tower. It's so much more. Can I join you for tea on the Thames?

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Julie, I have enjoyed your posts about your trip.. thank you for sharing your trip with us.

Julie Hyzy said...

Thank you, Diane! I had such a nice time, despite the weather, and I'm happy to be able to talk about it with friends!

Lynn said...

I envy your chance to travel. I have always wanted to travel, particularly to England but never could afford it. As a single mother working at mostly minimum wage jobs, travel was just out of the question. I kind of hoped that when I retired I could do some traveling but I was forced to retire early with ill health so now I just travel in my books. I hope your daughter enjoys her chance to see other countries.

Julie Hyzy said...

I'm so sorry that you haven't had the chance to travel the way you'd hoped, Lynn. I traveled through reading books for most of my life and it's only recently that we've been able to get out to visit foreign countries. The beauty of books is that they bring the experiences of other places home where we can all enjoy them. I know that there are many, many places that I'll never get to see, but I feel as though I've experienced, if only because the author took me there. Best of everything to you.

Bernie Sammon said...

Julie it sounds as though your feet hardly touched the ground while you were away. We are
heading off to London in less than 4 weeks, so we are hoping the weather improves radically.
This is a trip to fulfil a lifelong dream. Attending the Chelsea Flower Show. Then some intensive
sightseeing, retail therapy, museum overload, etc.
I hope the 27 hour flight is worth it.
Sounds like we may have much the same Hotel. Near Buckingham Palace, essential for us as corgi
owners, and near the tube.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Oh, to be back in England. Sounds like you and your daughter had a wonderful time. When are you going back for a visit?