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6.22-29.2016-London

London has come and gone so swiftly. We experienced a historic vote, iconic sights, stately buildings, magnificent castles, informative museums, local restaurants, afternoon teas, pints of cider, and pure adventure. Not only did the four of us traveling dancers see the sights within London, we also managed to venture outside the center city. Each day brought us a different taste of London and English life.

I found myself comparing London to both NYC and Paris. I don’t see myself running away to London, like I would Paris, but I adored learning about the country’s history, traditions and sense of pride. These three major cities share an explosive tourist industry and iconic sights, however London felt much like the United States. But, let me tell you, the direction of the traffic was extremely bizarre as a pedestrian and still hard to adjust to after a week. We will certainly not be driving in England or Ireland!

I feel privileged to have visited the United Kingdom’s center during a historical event – one of its most important votes. In the days leading up to the vote, I noticed a scattering of signs and protestors in the streets. On the morning of the results, the air was tense.

From an objectives point of view, the undeniable stress of the split vote seemed to take a toll on the citizens of London. Liz took a run along the Thames that morning and witnessed the reporters facing the Parliament broadcasting the news live on air, while Matt went to a coffee shop and heard the locals chatting about its effects over their morning brew. Carli and I were glued to the morning news as David Cameron announced his resignation live on 10 Downing Street, where we were the day prior. We really lived through this moment in England’s history and I will never forget it.

6.2016 London

6.2016 London

6.2016 London

6.2016 Buckingham Palace

6.2016 London

6.2016 London

6.2016 London - Momo afternoon tea

6.2016 London – Momo afternoon tea

6.2016 London

6.2016 London

6.2016 London

6.2016 London

6.2016 London - Imperial War Museum

6.2016 London – Imperial War Museum

6.2016 London - Shakespeare Globe

6.2016 London – Shakespeare Globe

6.2016 London - Brexit vote broadcast

6.2016 London – Brexit vote broadcast

6.2016 London - Bloomsbury Hotel

6.2016 London – Bloomsbury Hotel

6.2016 London

6.2016 London

6.2016 Windsor Castle

6.2016 Windsor Castle

6.2016 Windsor Castle

6.2016 Windsor Castle

6.2016 Wimbledon

6.2016 Wimbledon

6.2016 Bath, England

6.2016 Bath, England

6.2016 Stonehenge, England

6.2016 Stonehenge, England

Our itinerary

Day One

Picnic at St. James with our luggage, met my cousin Ioana at her flat, enjoyed a Pimm’s cocktail on the Lambeth floating boat bar, walked along Thames River by the London Eye, Doghouse dinner

Day Two

Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Chapel & later Abbey, Big Ben, House of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Prince of Wales local pub

Day Three

Brexit vote results announced, Tate Britain, all met for at Momo for our Moroccan-inspired afternoon tea, shopped around Soho, Taming of the Shrew play at Shakespeare Globe, dinner at the Borough Market’s fish!

Day Four

Imperial War Museum, traffic at Gay Pride near Trafalgar Square, Victoria & Albert Museum, made our home-made Icelandic spaghetti, early night

Day Five

Mass at St. Paul, Tate Modern, Bloomsbury Hotel afternoon tea, Covent Garden, Royal Opera House, Kensington Park (Princess Diana Memorial & sculpture park)

Day Six

Lipton event at Barbican Conservatory that Ioana art directed, changing of the guard & visit Windsor Castle, (ran into my friend Taylor), Wimbledon (free tickets to Court No. 1 match, had champagne, strawberries & cream), The Tommyfields for dinner (England vs. Iceland football game)

Day Seven

Bus tour to Bath & Stonehenge, walked through Harrods, a rainy walk through Brick Lane, Pho dinner in Shoreditch

Day Eight

Breakfast at Ginger & White, walked through Hamstead Heath, visited Kenwood House, transport to Gatwick airport to Ireland.

6.2016 Windsor Castle

6.2016 London

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5 Comments

  1. Phyllis Gordon says

    I would dearly love for you to publish this trip in book form. I would buy it! Your photographs are lovely, your experiences both familiar and unique. You capture so much of an experience and a culture in such a short time and communicate it so well, both visually and textually. 🙂

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  2. Barbara Suhrstedt says

    Gorgeous photos of London and surrounds. You did an incredible amount of sightseeing in one week! Too bad you didn’t have a chance to do Scotland. Next time! (Your writing is excellent, too, Cecilia.) I’m so glad to be following your adventures.
    Barbara

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  3. Aj fasiken! Olncasmkgyet? Behöver du hjälp en helg i januari fÃ¥r du hojta till. Kan komma upp fredag middag och Ã¥ka hem sen söndag. Jag skulle behöva röra pÃ¥ dököttet lite… (Har hört att det är bra för formen att skura golv.)

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