Tuesday, June 24, 2014

45 Days in London: Day 1

Settling Into the Borough

The driver picked us up at Heathrow and dropped us off right at our apartment steps...one of the traditional white row houses in South Kensington.

We're in a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment with hardwood floors and a bay window. LOVE. It has a fully equipped kitchen and adjacent sitting room, with streamlined, contemporary furniture.

The first thing Mr Cool noticed was the fancy cars...Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Mercedes Benz, BMWs, Porsches, Mini Coopers, and Maseratis line the streets. Welcome to the one of poshest neighborhoods in London! I'm not entirely sure how we managed to land here. But I'm not complaining.

Actually, I seem to have this kind of amazing luck every time I come to London. The first time I came (after Cambridge) I stayed at a private girls' school called Queen Alexandra's House, right next door to the Royal Albert Hall!

This evening we took a stroll through the French Quarter, and then were just steps away from the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. On the way to the tube station I was also delighted to discover a Waitrose--The UK's answer to Trader Joe's. Joy!

(Tube station: South Kensington)

Since we're here with the film program (shout-out to BYU for flying the whole family over!) our final stop was the BFI (British Film Institute). Fortunately, it is best accessed via the Jubilee Footbridge, so we also got glorious views of the Thames, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben...a great introduction to the city! We're here. We're really here!

(Tube stop: Embankment)

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