A Birthday in London - My Family Travels

Moving to Europe has many advantages, one of them being ease of ravel.  For my 16th birthday I got to choose a trip of a life time, so I headed to the home of royalty, London.

My mom and I left bright in early from our home, south of Frankrurt, to catch a ride on  a cheap flight courtesy of the infamous Ryan Air.  With the royal blue and yellow cabin, the opportunity to spend my entire college fund on duty free items, and of course the lovely Irish accents, we traveled across the channel to to the little island, we call England.  Once there we headed to our hotel in Russell square and prepared ourselves for the coming days of adventure.

One of the first things we did was go to see the musical Wicked.  The two of us traveled to Victoria, to see the amazing production.  It was truly remarkable.   At one point the actress playing Elphaba was singing at the top of her lungs while suspended 10 feet off the ground, with lights, smoke and mirrors making it all the more exciting. Besides Wicked we saw The Lion King, it was also a treat.

The second day of our visit we did the grand tour London.  The first thing we visited was the tower of London.  The history in that place was incredible.  I was standing in the very place were Anne Boleyn was beheaded, after doing a project on the subject just three weeks earlier.  The tower of London also housed the crown jewels of England.  The amount of precious jewels was incredible; diamonds surpassing 300 carats.  We also saw the British museum and Buckingham Palace

That night we stopped at parliament square to see that area.  Big Ben looked much larger in person.   It was a surprise when I saw it.  We taking a bus and I was looking in the opposite direction, right when I turned around, BAM! It was right there.  Once we looked at Parliament and the Bell tower, we attended the evening song at Westminster Abbey.  The liturgical atmosphere was not my usual church setting, we saw the place was Sir Isaac Newton and William Wilberforce are both buried.  A year later it was cool to recognize the place where the royal wedding was taking place.

My favorite section is London was Covent Gardens.  It had the best food and environment and the best shops and performers.  We had seen lion King there and had to return the following night just to hang out.  After looking around we found the perfect restaurant, The white Elephant.  At the suggestion of the waiter, I fell in love with their Chicken and Leek Pie.  In the middle of this shopping area was a string group that sounded great. Every corner there seemed to be a great performer.  The area was just fun and fresh.

At the end of the trip we headed home, after a great trip that I’ll never forget.

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