TO THE MOTHERLAND PT. 1 // London, United Kingdom

I didn’t intend to have such a long hiatus between posts, but by the time I remembered that I needed to sit down to write one I was running around packing my bag for London! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI caught my plan from Prague last Thursday morning, and landed in Stansted Airport. For some reason London has at least four airports that I am aware of, and three of them are about an hours travel from the city centre. Seeing as Chris and I were both flying with budget airways, we landed at these outer airports! After some navigating, buses and planning ahead we were successfully able to meet up in the city! We checked in at our AirBNB and spent the remaining daylight hours wandering around the old part of London. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe saw St Pauls Cathedral and the London Tower (which was surrounded by poppies from Remembrance Day), before heading down to the riverside. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTower Bridge looked spectacular at night, as did so much else of the city! The rest of our night involved cheap-ish dinner (cheap by London standards anyway), drinks in a London alleyway pub, and catching up after a month apart. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe next morning we navigated our way back into the city, despite the horrendously confusing transport network. We wandered from St Pauls to Camden Garden Market, passing so many beautiful photos that I was overwhelmed with what to take a photo of! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESConvent Garden Market – well, they call it a market but it is full of Zara and Gucci boutiques – was our starting point for a free walking tour with Sandemans. We had been hit by rain in the morning, but thankfully it held of for the duration of the tour! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThis alleyway is thought to have been an inspiration for JK Rowling’s Diagon Alley. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTrafalgar Square, over run with tourists. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOne of the main sights of the tour was of course the royal area. I am not really one for the royal family – I won’t go into my reasons here – but even I was a bit excited when we saw these majestic palaces. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAlso, squirrel! Finally a successful photo, yet the squirrels here aren’t as beautiful as the little red ones in Prague! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMy favourite buildings were the Houses of Parliament. Big Ben, however, isn’t even actually called Big Ben – that is merely a nickname for one of the bells inside! It is really called the Elizabeth Tower, but whatever, we are all tourists here! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWhat’s that London? Rain, now blue skies? SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe had wanted to go to the WB Studios to go on a Harry Potter studio tour, but we left booking tickets too late and missed out. So after lunch at an English pub – fish and chips! – we took the next best option of buying a little map for a self guided tour of Harry Potter film locations. While underwhelming, it was handy to have a walking plan around such a big and busy city! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe tour took us through the Borough Market, which was full of delicious looking food. And free samples. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe Monument, and the added beauty of a crane. This statue was erected during the 1600s, and like many other parts of London is melded in with modern office complexes and sky scrappers. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOne of several locations used for the outside of the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter! Sorry for the photo overload and lack of insightful words – I am exhausted after such a big weekend and my head is a bit all over the place as I try to readjust to reality! I will share the rest of our London adventures over the coming days. – Reanna.

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