London, England

“When a man is tired of London, he’s tired of life. For there is in London all that life can afford.”

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Last week, I wrote about the fantastic tea I had with my friend Helen at sketch.

Since then, I’ve been going through my photos from the times I’ve been to London prior, one of which was a girl’s trip with my Mom and her friend Kathy.

We’d all been in Paris together the week before and Jer had to go back to the officeย (so happy those days are gone!) so we diverged at the train station, him en route to CDG and us girls across the Channel.

Since it was my Mom and Kathy’s first time in the city, we hit the ground running.ย We jumped off the train,ย dumped our bags at the hotel and headed straight for the London Eye.

I’d always heard the Eye was crowded, expensive, and arguably not worth it, but, that wasn’t our experiece at all – we loved it!

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The next day, it was over to the Tower of London, for a surprisingly interesting and upbeat tour and to see the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, buy Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. Ceramic poppies, 888,246 of them to be exact, filled the Tower’s moat to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. It was a moving scene.

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After our tour of the tower, we went to one of my favorite places in London, the stunningly Natural History Museum.

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My favorite piece of my favorite museum is the gem hall, housing thousands of gems, crystals, and all sorts of glittering jewels.

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Isn’t my Mom the cutest?!

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After traipsing through every nook and cranny of the NHM, we had a delicious dinner and hit the pillow early, another big day ahead.

The next day, we strolled through the V&A, mainly for the courtyard.

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From there, it was on to one of the most delightful parts of being in England: afternoon tea. The Orangery at Kensington Palace does it in one of the best ways possible. High ceilings, beautiful china (any plate with a crown is alright with me), and absolutely flooded with sunlight.

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Our final stop? A quick stop by Buckingham and a pop into the gift shop at the Queen’s Gallery, where I fell in love with this tree covered exclusivly in crown ornaments. A royally good time! (See what I did there?!)

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