Friday, July 11, 2014

London 2012

I blinked, and then all of a sudden it was almost two years after Hubby's and my trip to London in 2012. We decided we wanted to visit our good friend SD, as well as my honorary sister-from-another-mister, Sis. Both were living in London at the time (Sis has since moved back home to Vienna), and we wanted to get away to somewhere that wasn't hot and sweltering Los Angeles.

We were there for about a week - spending a few nights in hotels and a few nights with Sis and SD. When we got home, we realized it had still been a whirlwind of a trip. We didn't fall in love with London as immediately as we had with Ireland and Italy, and when we got home, we agreed that the best parts of our trip were spending time with our dear friends.

But then, something strange happened. We got farther away from the trip, and the golden mists of remembering travel settled over the trip. We thought less of the annoyances of trying to travel by Tube during rush hour, and focused more on the awesome bars we'd visited, and the fun of the hustle and bustle of London.

I'm finally ready to write about our trip - it had seemed lackluster when we returned home, and I lost my motivation in reliving it on this blog until now.

Here is an outline of how our trip went:

Thursday - arrived in London, night at a hotel
Friday & Saturday nights with Sis
Sunday night with SD
Monday & Tuesday nights at a hotel
Wednesday - home

I of course, being me, had planned a whole loose itinerary. We made it to about 30% of the things I'd planned, which is what tends to happen when you have a million things you want to see and not much time to see them!

One of our biggest challenges? Planning around Sis and SD's work schedules. We wanted to spend as much time as possible with them, which then left us big gaps of time - not quite enough time to get somewhere and check it out, but more time than needed for lunch, or a drink. We felt like we were spinning our wheels for much of this trip, perhaps the reason we didn't feel it was as amazing as some of our other trips have been.

UPDATE: here are the posts I wrote on this trip before I moved on to the 14 other trips we've been on since then! (Literally, I counted.)

- London Tea Time
- Getting Around
- The City & Sights

Does anyone else out there feel how we did about London? A little lackluster, but nice in hindsight?

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