Hello again! As I spent the last year jet setting and seeing what the world has to offer, I got a little homesick. I forgot how much London has to offer. There must be a reason why this city tops so many people’s wish lists. I decided to play tourist in my own city.
The first thing I did was go see a Chelsea FC match. I haven’t been out to one in ages! The energy in the stadium was electric. The game was against Manchester United. 90 minutes and two pints of beer later, Chelsea was victorious! I mean, that shouldn’t really come as a surprise though. Even though they have been known to have their rough seasons, the lads and I never lose faith in our team.
Trafalgar Square was my next destination and it was no disappointment. I left the house bright and early to ensure I had time to see everything that it has to offer. The historical square was built in the 1830s and it still has plenty of its old-timey charm. Make sure if you decide to see Trafalgar Square that you have some good walking shoes on! After touring around I took myself out of lunch in the neighbouring Chinatown. Boy was that delicious. After lunch I did a little shopping in Covent Gardens. I didn’t pick up anything for myself that day, but I did get a little something for my mother. What can I say, I’ve always been a mama’s boy! For anyone who is spending more than a day in that location, there is so much more to see that I did not get to. There are so many guided tours. There is even a tour that includes a location where the classic Harry Potter was filmed!
I knew the next place I had to see was the infamous London Eye and Big Ben. I will admit that the line up for the London Eye is a little excessive, but it is so worth it. You can see the entirety of central London at the top. What a magnificent view. The Big Ben is so grand and it is such a classic London landmark. Fun fact: Big Ben is the name for the bell in the tower, not the tower itself. The tower is a part of the Houses of Parliament in Westminister. It was a home for royalty when it was built in the eleventh century. It is so beautiful.
Yesterday was a bright and sunny day in London, so I took my dog and girlfriend, Patricia, out to Hyde park. It is located in central London. After walking around and admiring all the monuments in the park, we found some shade under a larger tree and had a little picnic. It was such a perfect afternoon. Hyde park isn’t often visited by tourists, but I think it is one of the most underrated locations on London!
That marks my little London adventures to date. I have a friend visiting from Canada next week, so I am sure I’ll be playing tour guide for him. More on that later!