Back to school –and back to full-time/part-time/whatever blogging!
In an ideal world, this will feature part 2 of my video-blog series ‘Summer in Europe’ (check out part 1 here!). Thanks to a combination of time and laziness, here’s a curated gallery of travel photos instead. I loved our Europe tour.
For a cool video of our time in London, Paris and Bruges, check out my sister’s travel video!
Welcome to London!
It’s a beautiful city. Reality’s different from the movies. One of the first things we did getting off the plane was eat. Naturally, that meant raiding the nearest M&S.
We spent most of the day looking for our hotel (we stayed in a Best Western in one of the less saucy districts).
It was ridiculously hot during our first day in London. Where was the iconic gloomy weather? Where were the clouds? Why were there a bunch of people doing yoga outside?
We passed by The Globe, though we didn’t get to watch a show.
Apparently we also passed by Nando’s our first day. My inner Niall fangirl probably insisted.
Honestly, London was dirtier than I expected. Definitely not as slick and cool as in the movies.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
One of the highlights of our trip — HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR! As a certified Potterhead (and Ravenclaw), I practically ascended. THERE ARE NO WORDS.
We could have spent only one day in London (aka in the Harry Potter studio tour) and our flights would have been worth every penny. In another world, I was born a witch.
Tour the Iconic Sights
Day 3 was a gloomy day! And that’s just right for London. We went on a walking tour early in the morning and then toured ourselves around some iconic fictional sites.
Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
We visited Buckingham Palace on the fourth day, right in time to see the changing of the guards.
Our view was horrible and there really wasn’t much to see, but it’s another thing to check off the list.
The Lion King
Here we are with our last minute plans to watch the Lion King! I’m happy we still got good seats.
I will be honest and say that I slept at some point in the middle of the musical. I’m sorry, musical gods. I promise I was awake enough to appreciate the production and set design.
We ended the day with a quick stop to the Tower of London.
Must-See Museums: British Museum, National Gallery
No visit is complete without a trip to the museum! Ah, the British Museum was so beautiful.
The free admission was also beautiful.
We all know London’s galleries would be empty had they not raided the treasures of the countries they colonized. Thankfully, we can still appreciate the art museums without shuddering.
The fact that I saw Sunflowers in real life boggles my mind. I don’t have enough pages to write about the things I saw and loved in the National Gallery.
The trouble with writing decades after the fact is that you forget the details. I’m sure my brain was screaming with feels during the entire London trip. Oh well.
One of the best cities in the world. Walk around, fall in love, take a shot.
First Stop: Sacré-Cœur
Sacré-Cœur was a few minutes’ walk from our hotel. The basilica offered a beautiful view of Paris (no Eiffel though).
City of love indeed! We even watched a cute public proposal.
Iconic Sights: Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées
We’ve all been to Paris before, so we just toured ourselves around. It was an intense walking day from one side of the city to the other. We probably clocked in close to twenty kilometres.
It rains every time we go to Champs-Élysées. Bummer.
Trip to Versailles
We took a train out to Versailles. I found the palace and the gardens beautiful (though nothing beats Schönbrunn Palace’s first impression on me).
The historical details also made the experience more interesting. I love those nifty audio guide things.
After our day trip to Versailles (we ended around 3 or 4PM), we chanced a quick look at Notre-Dame and the Louvre.
By the time we were back in Eiffel Tower, the soft rain was constant and the wind was picking up. The sacrifices we make for that tourist-y shot.
That’s it for Paris! Someday we’ll have enough time to visit all the museums and go out to the other provinces of France.
It’s a quiet town. We spent a lot of our time in Bruges resting, mostly because the shops tend to open late and close early.
The rest of the time was naturally spent on food.
Looking back, I can’t imagine how we survived on a trip to Europe for three weeks or so with just the three of us. How did we drag our heavy suitcases? How did we not get lost? Why did I get such a dark tan?
I am incredibly thankful that we got to experience Europe again together. There are hopefully many more next times, to see what else travelling will reveal to us.
Where should we go next? I feel like we’ll never truly see everything the world has to offer.
P.S. The gynecology module this year is shaping up to be a bit of a horror. We only have give or take 6.5 days to cram all relevant clinical theory in preparation for clerkship next year… help!