A couple of weeks ago I did an Instagram round up of our time spent in Dubai and today – have a look at that post here. Today, I am doing the same for London.
The flight duration was seven hours and not the five hours we expected (we didn't take into account the time difference), the women next to us in the plane had the worst BO, we are stuck in traffic from Gatwick International, and we are both nauseas but we are here and the sun is shining and the drive by scenery from our cab is so pretty! ?? Oh, I also drew £200 from the atm at the airport which the machine never actually gave me and I couldn't get a slip and I have no way of contacting Capitec in SA to check if my account was actually debited.
This is the view from the apartment we are staying in this week. Our first afternoon was a long overdue catch up over tea and snacks and then we went for a buffet dinner at The 02; a large entertainment district on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London. #The02 #O2Dome #O2Centre #TheO2 #travelLondon #travelUK #SouthEastLondon #London #UK
We had the best day being the MOST excited tourists! We survived our first tube ride and started our sightseeing with a walking tour. It started at Trafalgar Square by The National Gallery and then we went on to see the changing of the horse guards at The Cavalry at Whitehall followed by a walk down The Royal Mile where we saw St James's Pace and Park, Clarence House where Prince Charles lives and ended off the tour at Buckingham Palace. We then hopped back on to the bus and saw everything; Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly, Westminster Bridge, London Eye, Covent Garden, St Paul's, London Bridge, Tower of London, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, and Kensington Palace and Gardens. It was pouring with rain the entire time but we refused to move down from the upper deck (the view is just better!). I love this place. I love traveling. After an early start, an hour and a half of walking, six hours in the rain and a tube ride back during rush hour we are loving some time on Kath's couch. We are drinking tea, non-stop chatting and looking forward to a home-cooked meal. #TheBigBus #travelLondon #travelUK #London
I woke up this morning with a sense of nostalgia for a place that I am still in. I am feeling the pressure of passing time and keep reminding myself to remain conscious and attentive; to soak in, enjoy and learn from every moment. The streets, buildings, parks and people here all exude a sense of History whilst promising a new and enthralling, but uncontrollable, future. Thinking back on everything that we saw yesterday, and realising how much more there is to still see, explore and learn from I am reminded of this quotation by Samuel Johnson; "You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." #London #travelUK #travelLondon #TheBigBus #wanderlust
Walking through Wimbledon Common yesterday morning where we were supposed to do a yoga class with Ché Dyer of @indieberries and @indieyogalife fame. Instead, we drank spiced lattes at her local coffee shop followed by a tour of this very quaint town. Thank you SO much for taking time out of your incredibly busy day Ché and for being so understanding when we arrived late after some public transport issues (more on that later and a London rite of passage I guess…). It was so lovely to meet you in person and to chat! ☔️ #travelLondon #travelUK #London #Wimbledon #travelWimbledon #WimbledonCommon
We had the perfect day. We took the tube out to Notting Hill this morning and fell in love. It is one of the loveliest places I have ever seen. We wondered around for a couple of hours and after spending some weak Rands in Portobello Market (worth it!) we made our way to Kensington which is equally as quaint and beautiful. We walked down to Kensington Palace and Gardens and this is where this picture was taken. We then strolled through Hyde Park and it was idyllic. The park was filled with runners, families throwing a ball around, moms pushing strollers, people walking their dogs and sun tanners. Does everybody get the day off when the sun is out? It sure does seem that way. We made our way through Knightsbridge and then to Harrods where Ali was in Heaven / Hell. We ended off our day in Leicester Square, Piccadilly and Soho. The night life here is something to witness. I keep going on about the thousands of people milling around, but it is captivating. We slept for three hours last night and walked for nine out of the twelve hours we were out today (I wish I had a Fitbit to keep track of the distance and steps we are doing every day) but we are not in the least bit exhausted, rather energised. Watch our Snapchats if you want to experience a, what we would consider, perfect day in London. Or at least ours so far. #London #travelUK #travelLondon #KensingtonPalace #KensingtonGardens
For our last full day here we are hitting the streets of the eclectic South Bank; the Balcony at Waterloo Station, the London Eye, Westminster (Bridge, Palace, Abbey and Palace), and the riverside walkway along the Thames. The pic was taken in Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill after we bought matching scarves and jerseys because we dressed for a South African sunny day and not a London one. #travelLondon #travelUK
Spent our last full day in London sightseeing some more. We caught a few busses too using our Oyster cards because our feet are screaming; "No more!". They are covered in blisters, swollen and aching but have enabled our exploration of London, and before that Dubai, by foot. This morning we have a little bit of time and seeing as though we are staying in North Greenwich we are off to see The Royal Observatory which is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the Prime Meridian of the world and tour the Cutty Sark which is one of the worlds most famous ships and the last surviving tea clipper. #travelUK #travelLondon #Greenwich #visitLondon
If you google best views in London, The Royal Observatory in Greenwich features amongst some of the best. This morning Kath took us too see it and we were lucky enough to experience it on one of the most beautiful days. I don't even know how to begin thanking: 1. This girl to the right of me and her boyfriend for so graciously hosting us this week. We love you and miss you already my friend. We fell in love with your new home city and will definitely be back. 2. @seamsandsilhouettes who took this pic for being the most fantastic travel partner! Our enthusiasm and energy must be unrivaled and love that we were so in sync with everything we wanted to do, see and eat. 3. London, as pictured in the background, for the wonderful experiences. We would need another few weeks to fully appreciate your history, culture, sights and people but we did good. #travelUK #travelLondon #TheRoyalObservatory #Greenwich #Londonskyline #viewsofLondon
This was the view from our flight out of London which left an hour and forty minutes late which means we missed our connecting flight and have a six hour wait in Dubai. This in turn means that we'll only get home after dark and not at lunchtime as planned to have the afternoon to spend unpacking, sharing our travel stories (& gifts) and getting ready for the week ahead. Emirates gave us a voucher for "food" – we could get one coffee, a limp fruit salad and a packet of chips. We've been awake for 18 hours, have a further 5 hour wait here and then a 10 hour flight back home but I am trying not to be a grumpy sod – we have been so lucky with our travels so far and have seen the most incredible things, including this view. I wonder if the Boks were playing in that stadium when we flew over?
I don't know much about rugby but I do love the gees and, from what I've heard in the office, today's match could be quite a game changer for us. Also, I'll be watching with all my colleagues and some clients and they're all going traveling to watch a couple of games soon and I really hope they'll be able to watch the Boks play when they do go. So, Go Bokke! ??????
I cannot believe that it has been four weeks since we explored the rainy streets and sights of London by bus. It feels like just yesterday, but also a lifetime ago. We were soaked through and freezing cold to the bone but could not have been any happier or more enthusiastic. ?? #travelUK #TheBigBus #travelLondon #wanderlust #beatourist #travelislife