I filled a bowl with yogurt, cereal, walnuts and fresh fruit and ate it along side a fresh baguette that I dipped in Nutella.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
We followed the recommendation of the hotel concierge and walked down The Chapel.
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!