I know I’ve mentioned this before, but Adam and I are always looking for a reason to celebrate. We’d been talking about wanting to visit London and Paris for a while now, so when we realized 2016 was the year of my golden birthday, a little vacation was an easy sell.
We broke our trip up into two legs – London for 3 nights, then Paris for 3 nights. We took a red-eye out of NYC, which is always our preferred travel time, and landed in London around noon. After navigating public transportation to the city (we’re such New Yorkers now), we checked in to our cute little hotel in Bloomsbury, dropped our stuff off, then made our way to The Wolseley for tea. The Brits don’t mess around with their afternoon tea, and Adam and I were quite impressed with their scone game. So much so that we repeated it every day of our trip.
When we travel we don’t do a whole lot of structured tours. We prefer to explore at our own pace and get a feel for each neighborhood. This usually works great for us because we get to see more, but it backfired a little bit in London where, apparently, major tourist attractions close fairly early. There wasn’t a whole lot we missed out on, but it was a lesson learned for Paris to check the times of all major landmarks.
Because we’re in to the feel good activities on vacation, we did tack on to a free walking tour Friday night… for Jack the Ripper. This light activity went through all the murders of the notorious British serial killer in gruesome detail, then took us by the locations where some of the bodies were found. Who said romance dies after you get married?!
Saturday we made our way to Borough Market, which came highly recommended from pretty much everyone who’s ever visited or lived in London. It didn’t disappoint, and we carb-loaded on donuts and croissants before heading over to the Tower of London (which we now know takes the last tour at 2:30PM) and Tower Bridge.
Saturday night we had dinner out for my birthday at Back in 5 Minutes. We drank way too much and, upon getting our bill, again mourned the Pound – USD conversion rate. Then on Sunday we took the early train (which we almost missed) to Paris.