Clearing the Bucket List, Part 3

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

On to Day 2 in London, we were out to conquer the rest of the city.  After enjoying a great sunny day with some slight overcast, the next morning brought on the typical London weather.  Clouds were grey, and we encountered some nice rain showers.  Being from Austin, we’ve had a bit of a drought, so seeing rain like we did was truly rare.

After adjusting to the time zone and neighborhood, the next stop on the trip was Madame Tussaud’s.  While waiting for my daughter and sister in-law to find wax figures of their famous celebrities, the rest of the gang had the chance to enjoy some time away at a traditional English café across the street.

Cafe Latte

The fries, or chips I should say, and café latte were some of the best that I’ve ever had.  The service staff were amazing and definitely provided us with a warm welcome and great service.

Next on the list, Emirates Stadium!  For those not familiar with the stadium, it’s the home to my Arsenal Gunners.

Emirates Stadium!

Emirates Stadium!

Having never have gone to a professional soccer or football stadium, this was truly an amazing experience.  I had the chance to enjoy the experience with my son and two brother in-law’s.

Emirates Stadium pitch

Emirates Stadium pitch

Having the chance to view the pitch, sit-down in the stands, and view all of the locker rooms and merchandise surpassed my expectations.  The neighborhood that also surrounded the stadium was exactly what I was expecting from London when choosing to visit.  A nice inner-city feel with small streets and tube stations in close proximity.

Once we finished tackling the Emirates Stadium, it was on to Piccadilly Circus.  We almost completely missed this area, but lucked out in finding it via a tourist shop that had a painting of the area.  Arriving at Piccadilly Circus, the scene was simply amazing.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

I’ve never been to Times Square in NYC, but this was definitely close and very similar to it.  We encountered vibrant lights, traffic galore, and all the entertainment and restaurants within walking distance.  To take advantage of the area, we enjoyed some fish and chips at a local pub.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

The fish could’ve used a little more salt, but that’s probably just the American in me wanting things to be over seasoned as they do back home.

Moving on, we finally got a much closer look at Big Ben, and some night shots of the London Eye.

Big Ben

Big Ben

Having only seen these attractions in movies and on the Internet, it was definitely an amazing sight and very surreal.

The London Eye

The London Eye

The architecture in the area was unlike anything I’ve seen before.  While there is some history in Texas, the architecture is not as rich as London, which I can definitely appreciate.

To close out the final night, we made a trip to Sainsbury’s.  In one word, the store was simply amazing!  The store offered beef Cornish’s, Jamaican patties, great mixed drinks, and cheap beer.  After getting our fill of food and drinks, it was back to the flat to sing some like karaoke, recap the trip, and then back to Frankfurt, Germany in the morning.

Overall, the trip to London was amazing, but pretty pricey.  I’ll definitely be going back, and plan on conquering more areas of the city, as well as touring more of the UK. I love the pulse of the city, the amazing transportation system, and just the way that the city connects with each area.  Our return to Germany would later result in running at Stanstedt Airport to catch our flight, but it was worth every minute.

Next stop..Germany and then Paris!

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