London: A Familiar Reintroduction to Europe

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Standing on the Tower Bridge looking across the River Thames into the city.
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Love the juxtaposition of the old and new.

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My Host and dear friend, Sarah. Snapped this photo as we started our day of walking around the city.
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Islington Canals
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Another shot of the lovely Sarah. Just one of many smart, strong, beautiful women I have in my life. I’m a lucky girl!
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Babies!!! How could I not snap a photo of that cuteness?!

For the first time in YEARS British Airways actually had flights available for which I could use my points! Holy miracle Batman. To do so, I needed a layover in London. Luckily I have a dear friend, Sarah, who still lives here, so choosing a long (32 hour) layover was a brilliant opportunity to spend time with her! Win and win!

I’ve been to London twice before but always during winter, so I loved visiting in the summer. I was blessed with sunshine, blue skies, and warm weather my entire visit. For anyone who knows London well, you’re as shocked as I was by that. What a pleasant surprise! After sleeping very little on my flight over from Nashville (middle seat in coach, and if possible, I think BA economy seats have less leg room than most US domestic airlines offer in coach), my goal was to stay up and awake until 9-10pm, so I could adjust to the new time zone as quickly as possible. Thanks to such glorious weather, we set off to explore London, primarily on foot, and ended up walking 11.2km (7 miles) around the city. We started at the canals in Islington, right by Sarah’s flat, before heading into Shoreditch for food and drinks, and finishing the day with a trip across Tower Bridge and catching a summer concert (featuring a NOLA band!) beside the River Thames. Today we visited THE famous Abbey Road crosswalk and studios. Brilliant finish to a quick visit, but still so lovely to have time with Sarah. Next stop: Málaga, Spain! Home for the next 2 weeks.

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