How I Spent My Summer Vacation…2015 (Part 2)

Earlier this year, the Princess, the P, and me were fortunate enough to be able to go on the trip of a lifetime to England and France! I’ve already posted a bit here in Part 1 if you’d like to take a look at what we did our first few days there: https://princesspandme.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation-2015-part-1/ .

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London, 2015

I tend to be kind of a picture-taking over-achiever (1,256 pictures from this trip to be exact!) so unfortunately I can’t share them all with you. But here are some of my faves 🙂

During our time in Europe, we got to:

* Take an open-top, hop-on-hop-off bus tour with the Original Tour Company which included a complimentary cruise on the River Thames. We saw lots of sights and spent part of our day exploring the British Museum. (Part 1)

* Travel by train to Liverpool. “We love you, Beatles, oh yes we do…” 🙂 (Part 1)

* Spend a day at the London Zoo. We always end up at zoos in our travels (always have, even before the Princess came along…) and the London Zoo is by far the best I’ve ever been to. I love how in so many of the exhibits, animals are roaming freely among the visitors so you can really get an up close and personal look at all of the fascinating critters!

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Lemur

Anteater

Anteater

* Stroll past the Sherlock Holmes Museum. If we’d had more time and the line wasn’t so long, we would’ve taken a peek inside. Maybe next time 😉

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Not sure, bit I love his expression!

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Sherlock Holmes Museum

* Take a trip to LEGOLAND Windsor (and drive past Windsor Castle along the way)

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LEGOLAND, Windsor

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View of Windsor Castle from LEGOLAND

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View of Windsor Castle from the bus, lol

* Take a day trip to Paris! We got to take a cruise on the River Seine, eat lunch on the Eiffel Tower, and tour the Luvre Museum.

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Notre Dame Cathedral

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Check out the gargoyles!

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Paris is a truly beautiful city!

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The Eiffel Tower

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Looking over the city

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A pretty park

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Looking down to the bottom of the Eiffel Tower!

From the Eiffel Tower on to the Louvre…

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The Louvre Museum

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The Mona Lisa

After Paris, we headed back to London for lots more fun, but that will have to wait until another time 🙂

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation…2015 (Part 1)

Summer. My favorite time of year. As usual these days, it has completely flown by. School will start in two Mondays (YIPES!) So I thought I’d share a few of our photos from vacation before life gets too busy to do anything else.

Destinations: England and France.

Here we go!

Here we go!

Elizabeth Tower (aka, Big Ben)

Elizabeth Tower (aka, Big Ben)

We decided to travel in early June and hope for good weather. Most days were beautiful, although some were a bit on the chilly side for me. The rain held off until our last day, and even then, it only sprinkled a bit.

The London Eye

The London Eye

Our first day in the city, we took a double-decker, open-topped, hop-on-hop-off bus tour by The Original Tour company. We chose it because it seemed like the best value for our money, and because they had a special audio track for the Princess to listen to while we saw the sights. It was a nice way to kind’ve orient ourselves and get familiar with our surroundings. The tour also came with a ticket for a cruise on the River Thames (which turned out to be one of my favorite things!), and the company itself offers many other tickets at a discount price for other London attractions. Definitely worth looking into if you’re ever planning a trip 🙂

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If you look really closely in the picture above, in the background you’ll see the famous London Bridge. Yeah, it’s pretty uneventful, isn’t it? At least it didn’t fall down while we were there 😉

The next day, we boarded a train and headed north. The Beatle fan in me knew that if we came this far and didn’t go to Liverpool I’d regret it forever.

Liverpool, England

Liverpool, England

Jackie Spencer. That’s the name you need to know if you’re going to do a Beatle tour in Liverpool! Especially if you have young children along. She was so nice and accommodating with the Princess. For each stop, she brought along one of her Beatles stuffed dolls and let her pose for the camera (which is also a great way to remember whose home you were looking at when you get back and look at your photos…) Here’s a link to her website: http://beatleguides.weebly.com/#_=_ She is a treasure of information and very personable. I highly recommend her!

Beatle Park at Penny Lane

Beatle Park at Penny Lane

The Princess, being silly.

The Princess, being silly.

Mendips (Childhood home of John Lennon)

Mendips (Childhood home of John Lennon)

Where John and Paul met

Where John and Paul met

Strawberry Field

Strawberry Field

Matthew Street

Matthew Street

The Beatles Story Museum

The Beatles Story Museum

The whole time in Liverpool was so surreal. It was like a dream. Of course, I’d only been dreaming since I was 16 years old of going there someday (but never actually imagined I ever would…) A dream come true, for me! So thankful!

And this was only the beginning of our trip. We were there for many more days, but it looks like I’m going to have to save part 2 for another time… 🙂