Chelsea in London: Family Visits (Part 2)
Chelsea Adams is a KWC junior from Louisville, Kentucky, majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and PR. She is spending the Spring 2012 Semester in London and is sending updates to KWConnect about her adventures. If you missed previous entries, you can catch up here.
When we got back to London I was happy to be playing tour guide again. On Thursday I took the girls to many of the tourist sites they had not seen yet, such as the Tower of London where you can see the crown jewels! We spent that evening in Piccadilly Circus and Chinatown, which both become completely different places at night.
Friday I took them to see a different side of London. Everyone knows about the open air markets in the city but most tourists don’t get out to see them. I think this is so unfortunate, as I would spend every second of my time at these places if I could (and if I had the money!). We started the day off at Portobello Market in Notting Hill. The amount of interesting things sold at the stalls in this area are insane! Once we had our fill of looking through tables of antiques, jewelry, clothes and accessories, we headed to Borough Market near London Bridge for lunch. This market is full of food, some ready to eat and some for taking home to the pantry. I think (and hope!) the girls loved these places as much as I do.
That evening we went to a local pub for fish and chips after doing some last minute gift shopping. We were pretty exhausted and the next morning the girls were coming back to the states so after that we quickly packed and went to bed.
I was very sad to see them go but I couldn’t dwell on it for long as classes were starting back up and I had plenty of homework still to be done. I jumped right back into the swing of things, although it was a little bit easier knowing my Mom was coming to visit pretty soon after! Her trip included mostly the same things, but we did make it out to see Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath on Saturday. This was one of my favorite days of the semester.
Windsor Castle is incredibly cool, and what made it even better was that the Queen was in the building while we were there! Windsor is her favorite royal residence and she spends her weekends there. I wish we had some more time in the town; you could easily spend the entire day there but we were only given two hours before it was back on the bus.
Next we visited Bath, which is also pretty neat. The only downside to that stop was that the museum was really more than I needed to see and took much longer than I would have liked it to. Our final stop of the day was Stonehenge. Stonehenge was breathtaking, but it was freezing out! It was quite cold that day so we didn’t stay long outside. I would’ve liked to see it on a sunny day but I feel pretty blessed to have seen it at all!
These last few weeks have been so hectic that it is time for a much needed break! This weekend ten of my friends and I are headed to Barcelona to spend Easter weekend in the sun. We booked this trip at the beginning of the semester and cannot believe it is already here. When I get back I’ll have plenty of fun stories to tell I’m sure, and I know I’ll have some fantastic pictures!