Our first day here
05.31.2009 - 05.31.2009
Where do I even start? We're in London and it's finally sunk in - we're not in Utah anymore. Our plane departed from Chicago at 6:00 PM on Saturday; we landed around 7:00 AM on Sunday (around midnight Mountain Standard Time, which our bodies are used to). First things first, we took a cab to our lodging - Grand Plaza Apartments. My parents posed for this picture in front of the apartments.
We couldn't check in yet, so we strolled through the streets toward Kensington Park a couple of blocks away. We saw this eye-catching structure, extremely tall and old. It's called St. Matthews Church, an Anglican church part of the Church of England.
The exterior looked like it might have been burned at some point. I was so intrigued, I urged the family to sneak in and explore. My mom was extremely uncomfortable trespassing.
Annie, Dad, and I placed peek-a-boo; I tried to avoid encounters with swans; my parents lounged; and we payed homage to Queen Victoria.
From Kensington Park, we took a road called Queensway which was lined with ethnic shops and restaurants. We saw all kinds of Middle Eastern places, Indian, Asian, and more. I dubbed one part of the street "Little America" for its offerings of Burger King, McDonald's, Pizza Hut and other American eateries.
After breakfast at Bella Italia, we headed back. The lodging is great! We love the accommodations and its location in Westminster, a hood in London. It's a young, trendy part of town. Needless to say, we feel right at home There are small streets and old buildings, I really couldn't ask for more. I love the ancient architecture, tall trees, walkable roads, and its urban feel.
This is the cute corner park across from our room.
And here's the view toward the opposite way, taken from our breakfast nook. You can see the buildings across from our apartment. Are they great, or what?
The weather is lovely! We've experienced mid-70s degree F, and it looks like it's going to continue for the next few days. It's thrilling to be here!!!
More photos from the day here.