Survived The Chunnel :)
28.12.2012 - 29.12.2012 10 °C
Well our last day in London dawned raining, no surprises there, but we headed out anyway to see all our last minute sights. Our first stop, after Starbucks of course, was Harrods. Once we made it to the toy area we were stuck there for a long time and didn't want to leave without taking half the shop with us! So much Paddington Bear and Sylvanian Families and Lego. Oh and the books... Don't get me started on those!! I need another suitcase to bring stuff back home :/ Anyway, we managed to drag ourselves away eventually and looked through a few other sections before heading back out and carrying the tube to Buckingham Palace. Renae was unimpressed with this building compared to the others we have seen but we still took some photos and marvelled over the fates and the fountain in front of the palace before heading back to the tube. We have decided that all other tourist bar us are painful and that French are the worst (big call from me as I have always assumed Americans were the worst). People who just wander around in the tube stations or speak loudly on their phones on the tube or push in line are in the millions over here and that, we have decided, is the biggest turn off to living in a place like London. Don't get me wrong, I love visiting here, but a week is definitely long enough!
So after Buckingham we headed out to Camden to check out some markets which had been recommended to Renae by friends back home. Wow, what an experience! So many people calling out to us and so much cool stuff mixed with so much rubbish! The stalls went on for about 4 blocks, 3 rows deep on each side of the road. We really enjoyed walking around for about an hour and found some cool presents to bring home to people, but then Renae's foot was getting pretty sore so we left and went back to our hotel for a quick rest. We were also surprised by the amount of weed being smoked in public, so that's an interesting point to note about the other types of people at these markets
After our rest we went for a stroll through Hyde Park and had lots of fun watching all the little dogs interact and laughed so much when one still a soccer ball off some kids then ran around barking like crazy while they chased him. Made us homesick for Moët and Charlie though! After that we headed to a little pub that was just down the street from our hotel for a good old English Pub meal on our last night in London then went home, packed and watched a movie as we fell asleep.
This morning we got up early to be on time for our Chunnel trip to Paris. I had learnt from last experience not to be late for these so we ended up sitting in the station lounge for about an hour! But that was ok because at least we weren't stressed. The journey went off very smoothly and we were impressed by our Tetris skills when we moved people's luggage around to make ours fit (another example of the human populations stupidity - if your suitcase is small, put it above you head not in the large luggage rack!!) but it fit a little too snugly and I broke one of the straps and 4 of my fingernails right off as I tried to pull it out.... so that was fun! We managed, however, to find our way to our hotel in about 20 minutes of walking and then decided to wait the half hour till the time when Ash said she would get there before we went to find lunch. 3 hours later we were ready to eat each others limbs and certainly Ash when she got there so were very excited when we finally got to head out for some food at 6:30pm after last eating some cereal at 8am! Pizza for dinner was delicious, if a little inauthentic, and then a stroll up to Sacre-Coeur to look out over the city. It is absolutely beautiful and Renae and Ash also got their first peek at the Eiffel Tower over in the distance. We then walked through Montmartre to see the Moulin Rouge. Not quite as romantic looking as in the movie but still a good spot to take a pic!
We are now back in our hotel room where we thankfully have free wifi and are all immersed in sending messages to people back home before we head to bed, ready for an early morning and day of seeing beautiful Paris. Good morning to everyone who wakes up and reads this