Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Weekend in London!

About a month ago Laura, Jenna, Kelly, and I all went on a quick trip over to London. We left early on Saturday morning and returned even earlier on Monday morning. It rained most of the time were were there, but we still had a great time. It was a tiring weekend for me as I kept falling everywhere. I had bought new shoes the day before we left and they proved to be fairly problematic. Ironically enough, after all of the falling (in the street, on the sidewalk, in the park, down the stairs at the hotel, in Harrods, etc) the one place I managed to stay upright was when we were ice the rain. Go figure. While the weekend was definitely very fun, by the end we were all missing Cork and were very glad that we hadn't chosen England for studying abroad.

Kelly and Jenna on the Stansted Express.

And me and Laura.

Me in Victoria Station, the birthplace of the infamous "What are all of these people doing in my station" joke my dad made and reminds people of every chance he gets.

A few old cabs and a double decker red bus.

We found a little clock in the street.

At our hotel. It was actually super nice and the people that worked there were great.

Teeny tiny car!

The outside of the hotel.

A walk through Hyde Park!

We found the Winter Wonderland!

They had a Christmas haunted house...kinda weird, but the lights were cool. We didnt go inside.

Buckingham Palace

Big Ben at night.

Some good old fish and chips and a Guinness. I was temped to get something more local, but I'm glad I didnt because Laura got an ale that was awful.

That night we stayed in at the hotel, wore our antlers, and watched X Factor.

Up and ready to go out the next morning!

Big Ben during the day!

This is the restaurant that my dad and I got fish and chips at when we were in London.

Back at Buckingham Palace.

Ice skating in the rain! The puddles on the ice made things interesting, but it was still really fun.

Wearing the antlers on the tube. All weekend we confused people by wearing the antlers in strange places and practicing our Irish by describing the people around us on the underground. There were a lot of weird looks. It was fun.

And then we went to Harrods for pretty much all of Sunday afternoon.

In the pet section they had animal dressing rooms so that your pets could try on clothes.

This cost £18,000. It was encrusted with diamonds. Absolutely insane.

The red telephone booth!

We found a fun pub for dinner on Sunday night and got some cheap sandwiches and drinks.

Laura was appalled by their failure to be able to pour a proper stout, and with good reason. They were truly terrible at it.

After the pub we went back to our hotel and had hot chocolate and got a few hours of sleep before we had to leave at 3:30 the next morning to make it to the airport for our 6:20 flight. It was a crazy weekend, but it was fun to go on a quick trip after watching all of our friends flying all over Europe for the entire semester.


marbea said...

OMG are you girls turning into "beer" experts? :O

I love Hyde Park

life in red shoes said...

I would love love love to see London! You are so blessed, you know that...right? Of course you do, silly me. If you get there again, check out Cath Kidston, it's a dream of mine.