Patty and Lance on the underground
Our first day in London started when we landed at Heathrow around 9 in the morning. We took off to the airport on the underground with all our luggage in tow and eventually found our hostel. Our room has four bunk beds and sleeps eight. Now, I'm not exagerrating when I say there are no less than 70 steps to our room!!! Everyone is out of breath when they walk upstairs! The room is cozy, but fun to all be in one room. Once we got settled, we headed over to the local tourist street and grabbed some lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant. Our first stop tourist stop was the local Hyde Park, which appeared to be the equivalent of New York’s Central Park, though smaller in scale. Thousands of people were out enjoying the beautiful London sun which we were blessed with.
We strolled through the park for awhile and then stopped by the Princess Diana memorial. The memorial consisted of a circular water feature where water ran over various surfaces to create different effects. Large numbers of people were putting their feet in the water and we ended up resting there in the shade. All of us were really tired from dragging our luggage all over the place! We then saw Kensington Gardens and a Prince Albert memorial before swinging by the Natural history museum for a quick tour. We then walked to Harrods to see the world famous department store. No one bought anything, but I think most of us were amazed at the size and massive amount of merchandise that the store had to offer. We cooked some dinner at the hostel that night and then played a round of “the name game” that I organized J Some honorable mentions for names include the “Carl’s Jr.
I forgot what this bldg is, but I like it!
Star” and “The Burger King”…I guess Veronica made up a few!! It was a good start to our first day in Europe. It wasn’t too much different than being in New York as far as the international aspect goes, though the amount of international people here is obviously greater than NY. It was so awesome to finally see British streets, double decker buses and all that cliché stuff that you see on postcards etc. It was definitely clear that we were in a different country and I can’t wait to see all those iconic London landmarks tomorrow!
Princess Diana Memorial