So this month has been a really special one: I went to Europe for the first time!
Mark’s family was hosting a family reunion in Berkhamsted (about 30 miles from London), so we were lucky enough to not only attend, but spend a few days in London and Paris. It was my first time out of the country ever, so I was pretty overwhelmed with just about everything.
Seeing Abbey Road was pretty awesome. So awesome that a selfie was in order.
We went to plenty of awesome pubs and restaurants in London, but visiting the Churchill Arms was an incredible experience. Flowers everywhere, the nicest people inside and instead of the normal pub menu, they serve Chinese food. It was basically the pub of my dreams.
The family reunion was in Berkhamsted and there is a full English garden in the back. Walking through all of the flowers was definitely a highlight.
Tower of London was a pretty long tour, but seeing the bridge and walking through the castle is a pretty neat experience. I was pretty shocked by the London weather — everyone had been hounding me to bring sweaters and jackets and I was sweating the entire time!
Our last day was spent at Covent Garden — definitely a must-visit. There’s a little part of CG called Neal’s Yard, full of fun little coffee shops and juice bars. Right up my alley since most of the liquids we consumed on this trip were just espresso and pints of beer.
I’m not much of a souvenir gal… I just don’t like lugging things around with me on the trip and I had limited space in my carry-on. However, I could have spent hours humming along and browsing in this Beatles souvenir shop. We went back twice. ;)
We happened to visit Paris during an intense heat wave. It was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and not a lot of places had air conditioning, so it was better to spend time outdoors. That’s not too much of a problem in Paris — there’s tons of stuff to see and most of the cafes offer sidewalk seating.
I was hoping to catch a ride on this, but since we woke up early to avoid the crowds and higher temperatures, it was a no-go. Next time!
Many of the locks have been removed from the bridge, but they’ve started popping up elsewhere. I’ve got to find a heart-shaped lock!
And if you’re wanting to avoid the crowds and catch a little quiet time, visit Père Lachaise in eastern Paris. It’s the largest and first garden cemetery in the city.
You may notice that I don’t seem to have pictures of any food. Truthfully, after walking around in the hot weather and spending a lot of time traveling, the meals disappeared pretty quickly. All of the food was so great that I didn’t even want to spare a second to pull out my phone!
Seeing all of these places was truly a life-changing experience for me. I came back to Texas with a completely different outlook on just about everything in my life. And of course, something pretty major happened over there: we got engaged! This trip was the best. Here’s to the next one!
What did you do when you visited Europe for the first time?
PS, you can see more of my Europe pictures on my Instagram page.