So throughout the week in London- when in doubt order pizza. We arrived in London on a Sunday night and had no idea of any of the restaurants near the hotel. We took a walking tour of the the blocks near by, but it was still dark and foreign to us. Our teacher recommended a local pizza place called Pizza Express so we all agreed to go there. We were expecting like pizza to go and by the slice comparable to Sbarro’s in the states. When we got there we soon found out that not to be the case. We ordered our pizza with the thin crust, but little did we know that there wouldn’t be a difference in the thin and thicker crust. It was very light and not filling at all. There also wasn’t a ton of cheese on top either. Later in the week before we saw Privates on Parade we went to a restaurant called Garfunkel’s. This was one of my least favorite meals. So once again when I wasn’t sure of what to order I got pizza. The crust was extremely thin just as it was at Pizza Express. They had sliced tomatoes on it for a fresher taste. I would compare it to a hot and ready at Little Caesar’s. Finally the day we visited Chinatown and Little Italy we had no idea of where to eat because all of the food around us was foreign. I personally don’t like Italian food due to the garlic and our friend Emily is very picky as well and wouldn’t eat at a Chinese so we were in a predicament. We finally agreed on a Italian restaurant, but I was scared to try anything else but pizza. So I ordered a cheese pizza once again. The crust was very thin and the pizza itself had very little cheese on it. I noticed that on just about every menu you could order pizza and they would all be served the same way. I thought it was funny that they had a pizza called the American pizza and it had pepperoni on it and some had peppers as well. So I am definitely done with pizza for a little while.
Well… This has been an interesting day to say the least. At 7am this morning we left on our journey to Paris! Little did we know it wasn’t going to go exactly as planned. First we boarded the Eurostar train and then we realized we would be traveling backwards in our seats all the way there. Due to the weather we had multiple delays and the train had to stop on a bridge. A couple hours later we arrived in Paris. Our tour guide Fred met us at the station for our adventure to begin. We first went to the Louvre which was absolutely spectacular. We did a rapid tour there in order to get to the Eiffel Tower in time. I learned so much about the Mona Lisa that I never knew before. We boarded the coach again to head to the place we were all waiting patiently to see. We got to the Eiffel Tower and received our tickets all before we realized that it was closed and we would not be able to head up. It was definitely a disappointment, but in the end it was so cool to just be in Paris with the snow and standing at the base of the Eiffel Tower. We even had a few snowball fights going on in the park near by. Next stop was picture time and to just get a fabulous view of the city even though it was kind of impossible due to the weather and fog. Finally we ended our day at Notre Dame. By this time we were all freezing and cold and had to wait outside even longer, but the site inside was well worth it. It is such a beautiful place and I was not expecting to go their today. We ended our trip to Paris with a nice French dinner. It included french onion soup, chicken and french fries, and lastly tiramisu. It was sooo delicious. Back to the station we went where we weren’t with our group and we were placed on a new train due to the weather. Everything is fine now as I sit on the train doing this blog except for a few minor delays. I can officially say it was a successful day to Paris!! Lets pray we make it back to London now. :)) So… I was unable to post this last night due to the fact that our train ride ended up being about 5 hours long and then we had to hike about 12 blocks or so back to the hotel! It was definitely an adventure kind of day.
Well the trip is coming to an end and its so hard to believe. The time has flown by and it has been an amazing experience. I can’t wait for the last 2 days! Today was such fun filled day. We went to parliament in the morning and it was interesting to see how their government works compared to our government. It was such a magnificent building. My favorite was the throne that the queen sits on. It was so beautiful and nothing like President Obama has. We then went to Chinatown which was completely different from what I was expecting. It is so interesting to see the different cultures all joining together in one major city. After that we went to Covent Garden. It was so cool because the big strong Clay got to participate in a street show! I also got a kiss on the hand from a silver man who then told me he was single. It was neat to see all the entertainment on a Saturday night. We then did some shopping for family members before returning back to the hotel. We then went back to Chinatown for dinner. It was super yummy. The pjs are already on so I can get some well needed sleep before the big trip to Paris tomorrow. I can’t wait to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower! It will be such an amazing view and experience that not many people have in their life. Time for bed now and the trip to Paris will be posted tomorrow night!
Today was such a relaxing but nice day. We went to St. Thomas Hospital for a visit and tour of their history. It is so different from how the hospitals are run in the USA. I definitely am glad I live in the states from the looks of it. We then went to Abbey Rd from the Beatles. It was so cool to be on the crosswalk that they were walking on. After that we went to dinner and to Privates on Parade. It was good but not my favorite so far. I am looking forward to the White Cliffs of Dover tomorrow. I think that it will be an amazing site to see and super beautiful as well. I am also looking forward to Kiss Me Kate. I have had such a good time so far and I can’t wait for the rest of the trip!
So as I sit here writing this I keep getting more and more anxious and excited, but then a little more anxious again. I have traveled my entire life and went on an airplane for the first time when I was 8 weeks old. Therefore I should be a pro at this, but that is the furthest thing from reality. I have always had the security of traveling with my family or close loved ones by my side. Now I am a big girl and must do it on my own.
When I am done with this the packing must start all over again because like many others the 50 pound limit for my suitcase is not cooperating with me and also the idea of only having one carry on and the personal item! I just don’t know how it is all going to fit and then be able to have room to bring things back. So tonight could be interesting. But all in all once I reach England and start to explore I know I will have the time of my life and it will be an amazing experience.
I am super excited to visit all of the historical sites and churches while we are there. I grew up with a British babysitter when I was younger and she is still a family friend to this day, so she has talked about a lot of the places that we are going to see. I have also heard a lot about her homeland so I am excited to finally be able to see it first hand. I have never been one for history or going on tours, but places like Stonehenge and the White CLiffs of Dover just grab my attention and make me want to learn more. I am also excited to go to the Bath because I feel like the history that is from there will be super interesting.
I am also excited to try their food. It is making me a little nervous because I am a picky eater, but this is a trip that I may never be able to come on again and I want to live it up and try as many different things as possible. I am excited to try fish and chips first hand and also the ploughmans lunch. Cheese is basically my favorite food so having an entire lunch of it sounds amazing!! I am also curious to see how their restaurants compare to our restaurants over here in the U.S. I hope to learn as much as possible from this trip and be able to have memories that I will have for a lifetime and be able to share with my family and potentially kids in the future.
On a final note before I head back to packing I am super excited because the Lion King on broadway is taking place while were over there so I am hoping I can find a friend or two that would like to go see this with me. 🙂 So in less than 24 hours we will be on the plane headed to LONDON so the nervous need to calm and the excitement needs to begin!! This is an amazing opportunity and am super excited that I am able to go! Good Luck with last minute packing everyone!!!