Last week I jumped across the pond as my family and had the chance to check out the UK and France! Believe it or not, it was my first time visiting Europe, and I can honestly say that I am officially in LOVE with London.
At first I was a little nervous for the flight (it’s about 10 hours nonstop from Houston) - the longest flight I’ve ever had was 7 hours, and I didn’t know what to expect. But, our flight crew on United was fabulous! They seriously treated us like royalty and because of some great tailwinds, we actually shaved off 40 minutes! Ayeeee!
So as soon as we landed at Heathrow, we made a mad dash for customs. Even at 8:00AM, Heathrow is nonstop busy. After sitting in customs for about an hour (which is actually not bad at all!) we dropped our stuff at our hotel and hopped on the first double decker bus we saw!
First Stop? Piccadilly Circus.
Piccadilly Circus is a world-famous tourist spot. Millions of tourists visit on a yearly basis, so it’s an advertiser’s dream. Coca Cola has had their stamp there since 1954! I know, I know, it looks a little like Times Square…however theirs came first. Rub it in, ya Brits. ;)
They also have epic shopping there too and we definitely hit the stores up.
We were definitely tourists as we made our rounds checking out the most notable spots, including Buckingham Palace, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge, Hyde Park, and the London Eye. Big Ben was under construction so we couldn’t see too much of it. And we rode the Tube, which is the best underground mass transit system I’ve seen. Don’t @ me, New Yorkers.
One of the highlights of our trip was getting to hang out with my friend Bolty, who lives in London Proper. He was an excellent tour guide! Having friends that are locals always make travel so much more enjoyable, right? He took us to the oldest wine bar in London, called Gordon’s. It’s over 400 years old! And yes, I know, that’s older than America. Don’t rub it in. We also had the chance to share a traditional Sunday Roast - a staple in British Dining - at a fabulous restaurant called Hawksmoor.
Well, my dad decided that we couldn’t do London without doing France, so he booked a tour of Paris for us.* On Saturday morning, we loaded a Eurostar bright and early at St. Pancras International Station. Also note, St. Pancras is where the legendary Kings Cross is, and I definitely did hop on over to Platform 9 3/4. #HarryPotterForever
In Paris we took a lunch cruise on the River Seine, where we saw the legendary sites of Paris - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and so many others. We also sat with the loveliest family from Toronto, who became instant friends. So many people gave me mixed reviews of Paris, but honestly, I LOVED it. Paris is beautiful, y’all. I’ve never seen architecture like that before. It’s absolutely stunning.
My trip to Europe was too short, and yet still so sweet. I can’t wait to return and explore even more!
Have you ever been to Europe? What was your favorite part? Let me know in the comments!
*Check out my review of Premium Tours here!
Here’s a slideshow of some of my pics! Enjoy :)