Europe 2019: London, England – Day 16 & The Journey Home

Hello everybody and welcome to the last installment in my Europe 2019 blog posts! Thanks for joining my family and I on this ride. I hope you enjoyed the blogs! We got home from London yesterday and I spent the rest of the day sleeping as a way to adjust to the time change. Our last day in Europe was definitely not planned and we did not know what exactly we wanted to do but managed to find something, you can read about it below as well as about our travels home! Also, sorry this blog is later than usual, I was trying to write the blog, but kept falling asleep!

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 & Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Today, we started off by getting to sleep in a little and waking up at 10 am. It was our last day in London and we did not have anything planned, or even the slightest idea of what we wanted to do. So we went down to the lounge, had a later breakfast and then just chilled in our hotel room for a few hours. We eventually decided to go and check out the British Museum as they have real pieces of the Parthenon from Athens, Greece.

Before going there, we had to check out of our hotel and gave all our bags to them to watch while we were gone. Then, we walked to the subway for one last ride to the British Museum. From the subway, we ended up walking a very short walk to the museum (though it did not feel short because my calves were so sore from all the walking) passing by a Shake Shack (Yup! They have them in the UK too!) along the way. At the museum, we walked though the Greece: Parthenon and Asian exhibits and a little of the Egyptian one as well to get to Greece. We saw pieces of the Parthenon, Chinese jade carvings, and the Rosetta stone to name a few! It was cool to see that history.

Exterior of the British Museum (kind of looks like the Parthenon)
The head of Selene’s (the goddess of the moon) horse taken from the East pediment. Apollo (god of the sun) and his horse were on the West pediment to balance it out.
Taken from the metope! Each panel shown followed a storyline. This is just one of MANY they have!
Unsure of what this is but thought it was cool lol
Asian exhibit. Carved dragon tiles! Dragons are very important in Chinese culture. They are seen as lucky and good and are said to control rainfall. (Summon rain during a drought)

After the museum, we went back to the Shake Shack we walked past for lunch. I had a cheeseburger with only lettuce and fries. I have not had Shake Shack in literally years and had forgotten what it tasted like. I think I like it better than In N’ Out because there is no mystery Thousand Island sauce, it is only all natural ingredients, down to the last crinkle cut fry. It was very good! I wish they had one of these back home (that was not so crowded)!

After lunch, I wanted to ride the famous double decker bus back to our hotel. But first, we walked to the famous Trafalgar Square to check out the area and to a bridge to see the view. This was our first time seeing Big Ben and to our surprise, it was covered in scaffolding! Turns out, they are doing major repairs to the bell and it will not be open again until 2021! It has been covered since 2017. We walked to the closest bus station, by Charing Cross Station, and got a double decker bus to Waterloo and then walked back from there.

National Gallery in Trafalgar Square!
View from the Bridge. If you look amongst the cranes, you will see Big Ben covered in the scaffolding.
Alex and my mom and the London Eye in the background. (Also the Thames River is so brown, it’s actually quite gross)

Once at our hotel, we went into the snack lounge since we no longer had access to our room, snacked a little bit, and then just spent the next few hours chilling in there until I felt like I wanted doughnuts from Doughnut Time. We walked a short way to Blackfriars Station and since the doughnut shop was closing in like 15 minutes, there were only two types of doughnuts left, so we decided to just not get any. We walked back by taking a little bit of a longer route, passing by Shakespeare’s Globe.

Back at our hotel, we got our luggage and my dad called an Uber to take to our hotel by the airport. It was a 40-50 minute drive. At the hotel, we checked in and since we, well mainly me, were hungry we ate at our hotel since there is not any food in the area. I had a seafood spaghetti with mussels, squid, and shrimp. I also realized that I kind of like mussels, despite not really eating them, there were A LOT in the bowl. Then we went to bed. Good night!

The next morning, we woke up and started our journey through probably the biggest airport I’ve ever been in. There was tunnel connecting our hotel and Terminal 4 that we had to walk through to get to the train, from the train we had to go through a whole strain of tunnels and escalators before we finally got to the check in point and security. After that, our gate was in TERMINAL B which is on the OTHER SIDE of the airport. I swear we walked 1.5 miles in that airport alone. We stopped in a World Duty Free store to pick up some Cadbury goods, chocolate, wafers, and chocolate fingers! I also got a British rubber duck to continue my “world travels” collection. (All my dad’s idea) Then we trekked down to our gate within terminal B.

Making our way to the plane! Goodbye Europe! Thanks for the memories!

At the gate we boarded our plane and spent the next 10 hours watching movies and sleeping. I watched Captain America: Civil War, my version of a “classic”, Aquaman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and about half of Us. I, as you know, love Captain America, enjoyed Into the Spider-Verse and Aquaman (I had seen it before), and found myself being very confused by Us.

We drove home where I spent a majority of the afternoon/evening sleeping. Good night and thanks for joining us! Stay tuned for more travel blogs and adventures with Disneyland at the end of this month! Bye!

Published by ashleykaitlynxo

20 year-old lifestyle youtuber, college student, and now blogger! I'm Marvel OBSESSED! Bay Area, CA University of Oregon 2021!

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