Our first stop on the trip is London, England, of Great Britain, the United Kingdom, and the British Isles. Look it up.
To lower the airfare costs and finagle a completely uninterrupted weekend flouncing from market to market, we're arriving on a Thursday morning.
I have an itinerary Plan A—which consists of me trying to muffle my slave driving sight seeing instincts—and a Plan B, entitled Mission Jet Lag, that would allow me to check out a few new galleries and shops while boyfriend naps. The map below has every possible option, so imagine a much more pared down version.
London for me is all about markets, markets, markets. Sprinkle in a few new things (Camden Passage, maybe a trip to Kew Gardens) and you've got yourself a solid trip. We're also meeting up with my friend from college and a British friend who lives outside of the city. He had offered to drive us around a bit—and believe me, I was paralyzed with joy deciding between the Downton Abbey estate or Leavesden Studios, where they filmed Harry Potter—but I don't think we'd have enough time to do justice to London itself. So we'll be drinking at Camden Lock, which is a much more interesting proposition.
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Less than a week to go, friends!
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