Lazy in London

17 Feb

Hey folks!

A lot has happened since I last wrote about a month a go. It might take a couple posts to catch up, so bear with me. After Paris Bridget and I headed to London. The cheapest was to get from one city to the other ended up being a bus ride. However, if you can, I recommend splurging for a train. We left Paris at noon and got to London at about 10:30 pm. Three of those ten hours were spent sitting in a parking lot waiting to cross the Chunnel.

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At least we had Stella to keep us company

I hate to admit this, but for the sake of honesty: I spent my first week in London sitting around watching TV and eating junk food. To be fair, I had just spent 10 days being a crazy tourist in Paris and I needed some R and R.

Eventually, I did manage to make it out of the house. Since I have already been to London several times and have seen most of the sites already and because I had just spent a week sitting around, I decided to walk around for a whole day. I think I walked up and down the Thames river about a hundred times. I walked all around Parliament, the Globe theater  ST. Paul’s the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Oxford street…just about everywhere you can go (that is just a slight exaggeration). It was a beautiful day, but after 6 hours of traipsing around I was chilled to the bone and the next day I opted for an inside adventure.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

Before this trip my favorite museum had always been the Met in New York, but now a new and fantastic establishment has moved to position numero uno: The British Museum. I spent four hours there and still wanted more. If anything good has come out of British colonialism, it is the collection at the British Museum. If you are ever in London, you have to visit.

Near the end of my visit the city was hit with a snowstorm (nothing by New England standards, but London came to a standstill). I went for a walk through Regent’s park in the snow; it was incredibly beautiful. The snow muffled the city sounds and covered all the city grime. I felt like I had been transported to a new world. Of course, that uplifting feeling dwindled quickly as I got colder and colder. But, I did discover yet another incredible museum. The Wellcome Collection is the perfect place for those of us who love quirky things  and don’t mind feeling slightly uncomfortable. In addition to Henry Wellcome’s collection of curios including a real live chastity belt and Napoleon’s toothbrush, there was a temporary exhibit called Death. It might sound morbid, but it wasn’t. I don’t know how to explain it, but it was actually a positive experience.

Although I didn’t get up to much and spent lots of time lounging around, I would say that this part of my trip was a success. However, I was excited to be on the road again heading for Scotland and some new territory.

 

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Enjoying the snow

PS: For all those Grammar Nazis out there: I know my punctuation etc. is rarely spot on, but please forgive me, nobody is perfect

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2 Responses to “Lazy in London”

  1. anniespence February 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Sophie, I love reading your travel accounts. Keep them coming. Also, I love your “voice”. Love, Anne

  2. John February 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Hey, thanks for the update. You should right a book

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