London :: Day 3
I have to admit, by the time day 3 of our vaycay rolled around, I was pretty tired. Jetlag was really kicking both my husband and I big time this trip. While we love going on vacation to new destinations, I’ve realized there are 2 types of trips : relaxing ones and educational ones. We call our trips to Europe educational because we’re on our feet all day long visiting sites and trying to soak up as much in as we can in a short amount of time. Relaxing ones are when we travel to Mexico, Caribbean or another warm destination and the only thing on our to-do list is to lay in the sun. During this trip we walked 10-13 miles each day and pair that with the 6 hour time difference which means we were tired all the time! No complaints though. I feel pretty lucky that my husband and I are able to travel the world right now.
I digress though. Thursday was our 3rd day in London and we had a full day ahead of us! We headed down to St. Paul’s Cathedral bright and early. My husband and I have both developed an appreciation and fascination with the architecture and history in cathedrals in Europe. St. Paul’s is stunning inside with some of the most beautiful stained glass. This cathedral is actually where Princess Diana and Prince Charles married back in the 80s. It’s a massive church with a poetry area, a crypt in the basement with tons of tombs and the whispering wall.
The cathedral also has a whispering gallery which is 500 steps up in the dome of the cathedral. Two people can stand on opposite sides of the dome and if you lean in far enough and whisper something, the person on the other side can see. Pretty cool if you ask me!
We also decided to take the steps all the way up to the top. The stairs to get up to it are teeny, tiny and are open stairs so you can see all the way down. Enter my fear of heights and I was completely panicking as we walked up to the top. Once we got up there though, it was a beautiful (and windy) view of the entire city.
Afterwards we headed over to the Borough Market to walk around and get something to eat. The market is basically the best farmer’s market you can ever imagine. Cheese, bread, sandwiches, gelato-you name it, they have it here and it all smells so good!
In the afternoon we headed over to the Tower of London for a tour with a beefeater. The beefeaters actually live in the tower with their families and they’re the protectors of the Queen. It was really neat to see and hear the story of the tower and view canons and armors up close. The Queen’s crown jewels are also kept here and boy are they stunning! One of her scepters has a 400 carat diamond in it. Talk about sparkle and shine!
To wind down from a long day of walking, we headed to a cute little wine bar where we had a cheese plate which have become my new obsession. We loved people watching here.
Later in the evening, we headed over to Harrod’s because a girl needs to shop! I was actually really overwhelmed with how huge the store is! If you want something, they have it there. Every designer is there and they have the most amazing food hall. We also made a quick stop at Selfridge’s on the way back to our hotel because they had a macaron counter we wanted to try. If I could go back to London, I would just want to shop all day long in these stores because there’s so much to see, and try on.