London: Day One

Our first day in London began in Paris with a delicious breakfast at our hotel before we said goodbye to France.

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I filled a bowl with yogurt, cereal, walnuts and fresh fruit and ate it along side a fresh baguette that I dipped in Nutella.

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I also grabbed a chocolate croissant on my way out which was fantastic. It definitely deserved a photograph, but my camera was tucked away in my bag and I had chocolate all over my fingers. My family has been laughing at me this entire trip because somehow I keep ending up with chocolate all over my clothes! I need to do some laundry, that’s for sure.

Bus, Train, London

After breakfast, our tour group boarded a coach bus that transported us to the train station.

Once there, my mom and I bought a large pistachio macaroon because we couldn’t leave Paris without trying one!

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I’m sure a train station isn’t the ideal location to purchase a macaroon, but it was really good! I can only imagine how fantastic they taste from a Parisian pastry shop or bakery. Mmm! I’m hoping they have these in London, too.

I wasted time waiting for our train by reading my book which is phenomenal.

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Thanks for the great recommendation. I am seriously loving The Help and hope to post a review of it when I finish soon.

Eventually we all boarded the Eurostar, a train that goes nearly 200 miles an hour and arrived in London in no time!

Globus + Kees

Once there, we took another bus to our hotel where we had to say goodbye to our tour guide from our trip since London is our final stop.

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It was sad saying goodbye to Kees (pronounced Case) because he really was the heart and soul of our trip and helped our group get from place to place without any headaches. He was extremely knowledgeable and his personality was so positive and upbeat. Our whole tour group loved him!

Since I’ve received quite a few emails and inquiries from your guys about our what tour group my family and I are using on this vacation, I figured I should address them on the blog. We’re on the “Essential Europe” tour through a company called Globus. It’s been a dream logistically and not having to worry about getting from place to place is such a huge stress reliever. This tour has really given us a great overview of four different European countries.

Now I just need to revisit every single one to really immerse myself in each location! I think I may have been bit by the travel bug.

The British Museum

After saying goodbye to Kees and settling into our hotel room, my family and I braved the London bus system and boarded a bright red double-decker bus for the British Museum.

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Our bus ride lasted about 20 minutes and we hopped off right in front of the museum where we immediately headed over to a truck selling crepes for a pre-museum snack.

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It was a bit chilly in London, and that hot chocolate warmed my soul!

Eventually we headed inside the museum where we spent the afternoon taking in the various exhibits.

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The above picture is a visual representation of all the pills the average British person takes in their lifetime (a woman’s pills are depicted on the left, a man’s on the right).

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Can you believe that the average person in Britain takes more than 14,000 medications in their lifetime? Insane, huh?

My mom, sister and I were also very interested in the difference between the statues carved of women and of men.

While the men are depicted looking very muscular with toned arms and abs, the women look a bit softer.

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We noticed this trend in Italy as well and found it quite interesting. I find this version of a woman’s body feminine and beautiful and I imagine the people of this time did as well. I wonder what the people and sculptors would think of the “ideal” women’s body nowadays. Definitely thought-provoking!

After a while at the museum, my family and I declared ourselves “museumed out” and headed to a local pub for dinner.

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Dinner

We followed the recommendation of the hotel concierge and walked down The Chapel.

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The food was delicious and the atmosphere was upbeat and lively. It was a really neat place!

After dinner we came home, showered and crashed. It was a long (but fun!) day.

Stay tuned for London: Day Two shortly!

P.S. The Fashion page was updated!

Comments

  1. SarahS says

    omg! your in the same country as me now! if you start to miss frozen yogurt, there are a few stores in london that just do frozen yogurt and toppings. Theres definitely one in Covent Garden and another in Soho if you’re anywhere near there. have fun :)

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  2. says

    I’m so glad to see you having such fun in London! I’m studying abroad there next year and I’m excited beyond belief!!
    Whenever I go to europe we always do the baguette thing- so classic!

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  3. says

    I do think if we ever take a big trip to Europe that we will go with some sort of guide service like you did — I can’t imagine trying to get to place to place, especially without knowing the languages.

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  4. says

    This is my favorite post to date, because I can’t wait to go to London myself in less than two weeks!! I’m interested to hear what you think of the food, because everyone keeps warning me that it’s horrible!!

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  5. Primrose says

    You can get laduree macaroons in London from regents street (the street that takes you from Oxford st to Piccadilly square or the food hall at Harrods!!

    Don’t forget to check out belgos in covent garden for mussels and frites. Oh and if you’re hungry walking around midday and need to grab a quick bite, pret a manger has the best sandwiches and salads ever!! Don’t forget to check out the foodhall from marks and spencers too.. good healthy lunch stuff.

    Oh and last but not least buy something from topshop!!! It’s amazing!!

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  6. says

    When I was in college, I studied art history and we learned that women were sculpted and painted to look a little bit “fuller” because that showed a sign of wealth. It really is interesting!

    London is a city that I’ve been dying to go to. Any after effects of the royal wedding still hanging around? :-)

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  7. anna says

    Julie – you’re about a 2 hour drive from me! Haha hope you enjoy your time! When are you going back?

    Looking forward to reading about the rest of your time in London :)

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  8. says

    Our tour guide on our globus tour was the life of the tour as well. She totally made the trip. I couldn’t think of one bad thing to say aboutthe tour. Such a great way to seemlessly travel around a different country.

    Enjoy your next day in London. Hope you get some nice weather

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  9. says

    I would not be surprised at all to find out that I may have taken that many ibuprofen so far in life.

    Your trip looks like you have had soo much fun :)

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  10. Grace says

    Julie! Today (yesterday?) you were about a 15 minute walk from where I live! How exciting! Hope you enjoy your stay in London:)

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  11. Haneul says

    If you want the authentic French macaron experience in London, you MUST go to either Laduree or Pierre Herme, which are also the most famous and best macaron shops in France. There are 2 Laduree locations, one of which is inside of Harrod’s. They are hands down the most amazing macarons (and perhaps better than any other dessert in my opinion) in the world!! I haven’t tried Pierre Herme myself, but I heard that they are better than Laduree, which is hard for me to fathom. These authentic macarons are to die for!!!!!

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  12. says

    OH MY GOD I’M DYING! The Chapel is right across the street where I lived during college!!! I lived at 44 Homer Street — it’s cattycorner from the Chapel. The Beehive is another great little pub just down the street.

    I’ve been reading all your blogs and having lots of fond memories of my semester abroad more than a decade ago already (gah), and I just gasped out loud when I read that you ate the Chapel tonight.

    SO JEALOUS! Enjoy the rest of your time in London!

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  13. Lucy Nash says

    I’m new too your blog, but I am loving it.

    I moved last year from Paris to the US, but I grew up in London, so your photos keep reminding me of how beautiful both places are. Even if it oes make me a little homesick too :)

    If you have time and like Museums, you should try and get to the British Science Museum too- it’s a lot of fun!

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  14. says

    Loving all of your European posts! I’ve only been to the Netherlands and Germany and want to travel to all the places you’ve been on this trip!

    It looks like that macaroon is from Paul Bakery by what I can see of the bag. You’re in luck! I believe Paul has bakeries in Florida! Just not sure where…. They also just opened their flagship store in my work ‘hood and I’d be glad to send you a macaroon if needed. :)

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  15. says

    Your trip looks like so much fun! I’m definitely looking into that tour company. I’m glad you like the Help. I loved it! It’s coming out as a movie in August.

    Also, it looks like you all got your Longchamp bags! Yay!

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  16. Miriam says

    I am so jealous of you, I’m studying for my exams and you’re having such an amaaazing vacation! I haven’t visited any of the cities you have even tough I live in Holland ( only Barcelona, which I’m sure you would love to -> huuuge fruit market)
    Btw, was Kees dutch? Because it’s a dutch name and he looks like he could be from here too haha.
    Have fun in London!

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  17. says

    I loved London when I was there a few years ago! Have fun on the last few days of your vacation, can’t wait to see more pictures! Hope you get to do some shopping on Oxford St!

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  18. Gill says

    i live in london too – hope you enjoy! remember to try british chocolate bars especially Galaxy and Minstrels. And also try to go to the Tower of London its amazing! If you can, afternoon tea at the Ritz/Claridges is aweseme too. have fun!

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  19. says

    Huh, that is SO interesting about how many pills people take througout a lifetime… and the statues! I bet they’d think women were crazy for working out the amount they do and for wanting “lean” body-types. Very interesting, for sure! That double decker bus looks like fun… did you sit on the top level? I’ve never been on one!

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  20. says

    That pill display is pretty extreme. ..I don’t quite get the point but those are the most instresting museum exhibits anyway. They don’t really have a point but they’re amazing the thinkabout!

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  21. says

    WOW. That pill display is incredible. It’s so strange to think about just how many pharmaceutical substances we put in our bodies, and how nearly none of these compounds existed a hundred years ago.

    ALSO: I am reading The Help right now too!! I love it. I’d recommend “Skinny” by Diana Spechler next!

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  22. says

    Already in London! I recognise the macaroon brand, and you picked one of the best ^^
    I love London, it’s such a great city, so many things to see.

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  23. says

    Wow, 14,000 pills… I wonder how British people compare to Americans? Something makes me think that we are more heavily medicated.
    Looks like a fantastic and delicious day of your travels! All of us, and our stomachs, are living vicariously through you :-)

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  24. Caroline says

    I just finished The Help this morning. I actually found myself taking it slow because I loved the characters so much and didn’t want it to end! Looking forward to reading your review.

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  25. says

    I cannot believe you are 25, you look so young! You’re super pretty by the way. Just thought I’d tell you that :)
    Reading about your trip is making me excited for my trip to Europe in June.
    So tell me, are Parisian macaroons as good as they look? Because they LOOK lovely but I’ve always wondered if their taste lives up to their lovely appearance.
    The pill exhibit is so interesting. Geeze 14,000? That’s a whole lot of pills.

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  26. says

    Ok I just realized that I implied that 25 wasn’t young, but I totally didn’t mean that!! I should have said “you look so much younger than that” because that’s what I meant. 25 is still definitely young haha so sorry about that. :S But yes what I meant to say is that you look a lot younger than 25.

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