Our second stop on the trip was London, England. We had both been to London before but never at Christmas time. We were very fortunate to spend Christmas Day and Boxing Day with extended family who live there. Before the festivities could begin, we frantically were running around before the stores closed on Christmas Eve to find clothes for my husband. The airline lost his luggage and we were not going to be able to get it back for a couple of weeks when we eventually ended up back in Ireland. It was a very memorable Christmas Eve, for sure!
We stayed in a lovely room above a pub (The One Tun) during our stay. Christmas Day morning was spent walking around with cousins to Buckingham Palace and the Tower Bridge area before having sampling traditional English foods and local cider for dinner.
The rest of our time in London we walked a lot and rode the Tube more times than I can count to varies parts of the city. Some new experiences included riding the London Eye and visiting the Victoria & Albert Museum of which I highly recommend! Another highlight was paying an extra small fee inside Westminster Abbey to view items on display for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Some spectacular pieces of history. William and Kate’s marriage certificate was even on display. The view alone from the gallery looking down into the building was amazing. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed inside.
We didn’t really have an itinerary for any part of this trip and we really enjoyed it. We could do and explore what we felt like doing that day. That is one positive to revisiting a place you have been. Less pressure to do everything in a short amount of time.