It’s been about two years since our last trip to Europe, so in celebration of Charlotte’s birthday, we decided a visit was in order this month. Deciding on our destination was actually quite easy – France in the fall. But in researching airfare, we saw that tickets into London were a bit cheaper, plus, Char’s friend Michelle and boyfriend, Will, offered to put us up. So, that’s where we found ourselves on this crisp Sunday morning.
We took the Picadilly Line to Gloucester Road and then hopped into a black cab to Michelle’s apartment. After a short nap, we headed out to check out the Clapham Junction neighborhood, with stops for Chelsea buns at Jamie Oliver’s place and a few shops.
We hopped in Will’s convertible, took photos along the Thames and then headed over to the Garrisonfor a traditional Sunday roast. This is the British brunch, with thick cuts of prime rib, Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables.
Properly fueled, we walked through Hyde Park and made our way to Buckingham Palace.
We self audio-guided through the Palace – Char says the highlight was Kate’s dress, which was on display and surrounded by ogling women. By the time we had left the royal grounds, late afternoon was upon us and we were pretty beat.
We returned to Michelle and Will’s place and ordered some Asian takeout. The overnight flight and time difference had us in bed relatively early. Plus, tomorrow morning we’ve got an early curtain call.