I'm so sorry it's taken me a good couple of weeks to get the first part of my Europe photos posted! Between getting back into the full swing of work again and not liking my photos all that much, it was hard to make the time for blogging. As you all know, poor London doesn't get much sunshine, so my photos came out rather dull, but I tried my hardest to spruce them up a little with a bit of Photoshop.
26 hours of flying and waiting in airports later, my best friend, April, and I had finally arrived in London and it did not feel real to finally be in Europe! We arrived to a pretty dreary summer and after leaving home, it did not feel like we had changed seasons at all! Despite the weather though, we had the best three nights in London and my only regret is not being able to have stayed longer. Since we arrived in London in the evening, we really only had two full days there, which definitely wasn't long enough to do everything that we wanted to do.
Our first day was dedicated to shopping, so we hit up Oxford Street, which is now my favourite street ever. It was so crowded, but I didn't mind at all because the shopping was too good! We probably spent a good hour in Boots taking advantage of the 'three for two' offer and then another in John Lewis where we stocked up on Liz Earle products as I got April addicted to it while we were in Japan earlier this year. Lord knows how long we spent in Topshop, but my hands were killing me from holding so many bags! After visiting many more shops, we attempted to make our way to Brick Lane afterwards, but it got quite late and we needed to go back to the hotel to get ready for the London Eye and dinner. We decided to ride the London Eye at 8:30pm as we thought we'd get a nice sunset, but that wasn't the case as the weather was so gloomy! We ended up having a really late dinner as a lot of places were closed. It really throws you off and you lose track of time when the sun sets so late in Europe!
The next day was our touristy day where we went to Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Madame Tussauds. Not before going to Camden Market first for a little bit more shopping, of course! Due to the Olympics starting soon, it was pretty crowded everywhere, but that nor the weather (thank God for ponchos!) was going to let us down.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to time to shop in the infamous Primark and Harrods, nor see River Thames and London Bridge, but at least I have an excuse to go back again soon! Next time I go to England, I'd love to venture outside of London and visit the castles with all the lush greenery too. Every local we met were amazingly friendly and for a big city, it was just so charming. It makes me proud to have Australia under the British monarchy.
Since it would be far too much to post photos from every single country I visited, I've decided to only do a recount of my favourite cities. My next stop was Paris, but I'm saving the best for last. Barcelona will be next!