Cheerio, London and Bonjour, Paris

This morning, we said goodbye to London.  But not before enjoying just a few more adventures.  Our first stop of the morning was a tour of Westminster Abbey.  It cost us 20 pounds per person, but we both agreed it was worth ever penny… Or should I say “pence.”  

Sadly there was no photography allowed in the Abbey.  So you’ll just have to take my word that it was absolutely incredible.  It was filled with tons and tons of intricate tombs, memorials and statues.  Many kings and queens were buried there as well as other well known historical figures including Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.  It’s also famous for its funerals (Princess Diana), weddings (Prince William and Kate Middleton) and for hosting the Coronations for the English and British monarchs.  I did get a picture of a courtyard we saw while walking through the cloisters.  All in all, it was so amazing and if you ever happen to find yourself in London, it is certainly a must-see.

After the Abbey, we walked back over to the National Gallery.  We love art museums and wanted to take another look around.

You can’t tell from the picture, but this woman was doing a pencil drawing of one of the paintings and it was pretty amazing.  

After the museum, we started to head back to our hotel to pick up our bags and head to the train.  We saw this fancy guy on the way, just hanging out on his cool horse.

Closer to our hotel, we stopped to grab a quick fancy lunch.  It was incredibly delicious at the beginning, but not so much by the end.  It was too rich tasting and kind of heavy, but an experience, nonetheless.

Thankfully, we logged about 8 miles of walking in by the time we reached the train station, so that helped.  Speaking of trains, We decided to take one to our next destination, Paris, France.  It was only two hours and once we figured it all out, was an easy way to get to where we were going.  The station was a little crowded.

But we got to our train and we’re then were good to go.  After a 20 minute trip under the English Channel, we traveled through the most beautiful and lush French countryside and into the great city of Paris.  We walked over to the Paris Mètro and took a twenty minute trip to Saint Germain des Près, where our hotel was.  Quick shoutout to our friend and world traveling neighbor Gina Skarka.  With many of our European trips, we’ve asked for her advice on where to stay and she has been spot on every time.  The area that we are staying in is so awesome and she totally aced it again.  Thanks Gina!

Once we settled in, we decided to go and explore for a bit.  We ended up getting dinner at a restaurant called Lèon de Bruxelles.

I got the Mussels and they were amazing!  They came with friends and the portion was huge and thankfully Jeremy helped me eat them all because I couldn’t have on my own.  

After dinner, we walked around for a bit and admired the most beautiful sites.

We found the Louvre and are excited to check it out tomorrow.  

And that sums up our day.  Waking up in London and going to sleep in Paris is a pretty spectacular feeling.  It’s been my goal on this trip to truly appreciate the opportunities that we have had to see these two incredible cities.  Again, I’m so thankful and so happy to be traveling with my incredible husband.  We are looking forward to enjoying our time in Paris.  To close, I’ll end with a picture I took at Westminster.  I thought it was a beautiful prayer and wanted to share it to end my post tonight. 

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I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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