visit the touristy sites, and stuff our faces with any food that wasn't Italian.
Whether the label is deserved or not,
locals will tell you to avoid dining at London restaurants
and strongly advise you to go to a pub instead.
A nearby pub was recommended to us for dinner.
I ordered beef stew while my husband had a stout pie with chips (aka fries).
The more time I spend in Europe, the more I’m convinced that Europeans
like fried potatoes just as much (if not more) than Americans.
Potatoes accompany everything!
The British pound is worth a whopping $1.60
... here I'd finally adjusted to the euro at $1.10.
Not only is the exchange rate jaw-dropping, but prices in general are quite high as well.
Finding a hotel in London for under £100 pounds per night can be a challenge.
Many major attractions (Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, London Eye) cost around 20 pounds.
On the flip side, most museums in London are free to enter!
Our London Travel Guide has a few tips on ways to save money in London.
It was much more filling than the typical Italian espresso and a pastry.
On the way there we walked through St. James Park,
home to a famous colony of pelicans and rare black swans.
We strolled over to Westminstser Abbey where royals are crowned, married, and laid to rest.
Long lines and expensive admission prices deterred us from going inside this time.
which contrary to belief is not the name of the clock tower.
called the Palace of Westminster where the two houses of Parliament meet.
From the Westminster bridge we could see the giant Ferris wheel called the London Eye.
Although it might look like an amusement ride, it really functions as an observation deck.
revolves every 30 minutes.
Notable treasures include the Rosetta Stone and Lindow Man.
We took the train to Tower Bridge along the river Thames.
and the HMS Belfast sitting quietly in the harbor after years at war.
and still protecting of the Crown Jewels.
We trained back to the airport hotel for some much needed rest.