Travel to London, England

I’ll start off this post telling you what I expected from London, because what I expected and what I received are two entirely different synopsis. My idea of London was basically drawn from every movie I’ve ever seen involving the city, specifically a few Disney 2000’s. This meant that I pictured men in furry hats guarding the castle, fashion with English flags on it involving Twiggy somehow, and a very dreary type of weather pattern with lots of rain and clouds. I never had the burning desire to visit London, which is actually quite depressing when I found out how calmingly beautiful it actual is.

When I first arrived in London, the drive from the airport to the hotel wasn’t the best. I suppose like every city, the area near the airport is never kept up with. When we traveled closer to the hotel, the buildings and streets started becoming cleaner, fresher, and more elegant overall. Upon arrival of the hotel, I realized, London wasn’t bad at all. Sure, it was a bit cloudy, but after the ten minute down pours, the sun would shine again. There was an air to it like no other. The buildings had their history, there was plenty of beautiful architecture, cafe’s outside to sit and relax while having lunch, plenty of space to walk, and surprisingly – classy street art. The buildings had terraces with flowers properly arranged and were clean with freshly coated paint.

Listening to the accents around me was enough to quickly learn that I liked this city after all. Mind you, I was staying in Kensington, which is a nicer section of London. Anyways, there were plenty of tourist attractions to see, but I wanted a different route to explore. One of my most memorable days was a trip to Kensington Palace, where we had afternoon tea which was just absolutely scrumptious. The colors of the cakes, and the never ending tea filled our stomachs with joy. Inside the Palace was a bit of a bore for me, but outside we visited Princess Diana’s Memorial Garden. The Garden was blocked off but with the sun shining upon it, was truly breath taking. The Palace and Garden were centered in a large park. The park was full of fresh, green grass and dogs running around freely due to their obedient loyalty. Apparently, even the dogs knew proper manners.

It was like being transported to a different time zone. I felt a bit uneasy in a different city across the pond, until I gathered my surroundings. Afterwards, I felt unrealistically safe and comfortable, even though there had been an attack on the Metro a few days prior to our visit. One word of advice if you travel to the UK – be wary of what currency is paired with which country, especially after the Brexit. I noticed the Irish, English, and French became slightly irritated when I wasn’t sure if I should give them the Pound or Euro. Although, many places accepted major credit cards, it’s always smart to have a bit of cash on hand.

All in all, there was something about Kensington that I loved. I would highly recommend visiting, and I wish I could’ve spent more time there. I plan on making the trek again someday. Sometimes it’s easier to fall in love with cities than it is with people.

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