london!

The Thames River, Parliament, and a row of double-decker buses. This might be the most London photo that ever Londoned.

The Thames River, Parliament, and a row of double-decker buses. This might be the most London photo that ever Londoned.

The final leg of our holiday was in good ol’ London.

Whenever we visit Marcus’ family (most of whom live in Cornwall and Gloucestershire), we always try to tack on a couple of days in London on the way back home. Usually, because our trips across the pond tend to be a week or less, it means only a day or two in London; however, because we traveled for much longer this time, we were able to spend four days in one of my favourite cities in the world.

I was living in London when I met Marcus, so we both know the city pretty well. However, our daughter was less familiar with the city. And because she’s considering going to university in London (Alex is a UK citizen because of her father; also, universities in England cost a fraction of the price of American universities), we left our London itinerary up to her.

She did a great job: our four days include visiting the University of Arts London, Camden Market, the Tate Modern, and the London Eye, just to name a few. Here’s what it looked like:

Much of the Central Saint Martins campus of the University of the Arts London was closed for the summer; however, we saw enough that Alex was interested in learning more. Definitely adding to the application list.

Much of the Central Saint Martins campus of the University of the Arts London was closed for the summer; however, we saw enough that Alex was interested in learning more. Definitely adding to the application list.

Camden Market is an easy walk from Central Saint Martins. After shopping, we ducked inside this little bar for a rest.

Camden Market is an easy walk from Central Saint Martins. After shopping, we ducked inside this little bar for a rest.

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A view of Parliament from     the London Eye    . Did I mention I’m afraid of heights?

A view of Parliament from the London Eye. Did I mention I’m afraid of heights?

Charing Cross train station from the London Eye. Such a cool building.

Charing Cross train station from the London Eye. Such a cool building.

Carnaby Street    . Because no itinerary Alex is responsible for is complete without some serious shopping.

Carnaby Street. Because no itinerary Alex is responsible for is complete without some serious shopping.

A view of     St. Paul’s Cathedra    l (over 1400 years old!) from the 9th floor of     the Tate Modern museum    .

A view of St. Paul’s Cathedral (over 1400 years old!) from the 9th floor of the Tate Modern museum.

An out-of-focus, rainy view of the     Tower Bridge     from the     Millennium Bridge    . The out-of-focus was completely unintentional, but I kinda dig it.

An out-of-focus, rainy view of the Tower Bridge from the Millennium Bridge. The out-of-focus was completely unintentional, but I kinda dig it.

And with that, tomorrow morning we start making our way back to Texas. What an amazing trip.

See you all Stateside, friends.