DAY 1

Aug 01 2015

After every trip, I'm always bummed out to be heading back home. With that in mind, we scheduled a weekend in London on the way home from our cruise to help ease us out of vacation mode.

Aeroporto Marco Polo Di Venezia

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Gatwick Airport

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Victoria Station

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Kensington

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Bayswater

United KingdomGB

It's was a loooooooing trip from Venice to our Airbnb in London. I may have celebrated a little too hard the night before on the cruise and was feeling it the whole next day. We flew into Gatwick, took the train into the city, then hopped on the Tube for what I thought would be a short trip. They were doing maintenance that day so we had to get off 3 stops too early. I didn't want to bother with the crowded shuttles and I figured it wouldn't be far to walk the rest of the way. Wrong! It was 45 minute walk, carrying and towing all of our luggage, but luckily I had memorized the directions prior to and we were able to find it without too much difficulty. We finally got there, dropped our luggage and were off.

We rented in apartment in Bayswater on Airbnb.

DAY 2

Aug 02 2015

We started the day early because we had a busy day ahead. We started off with coffee from our favorite, Dunkin Donuts and then biked to Buckingham Palace. London has a bike share system where you can rent bikes by the minute. You can pick them up from almost every other block and then drop them off at your destination.

Paddington

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Buckingham Palace

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DAY 3

Aug 03 2015

We got up early and took a cab to the airport. We got checked in, went to the gate, and led myself over to the separate screening section for my full body massage. They were expecting me. It's not that bad now that I've accepted that it's going to happen. I think I'm starting to recognize some of the Border Force agents. 😂

Matt and I had separate seat assignments on the way home. We had joked about what we would do if one of us got upgraded, but never expected it to happen. To my surprise, after I had gotten settled into my seat, someone came over and asked me to move up to first class. I had a couple seconds of guilt thinking about Matt sitting back in Plebian between two screaming kids, but I quickly got over it and decided to make it up to him by thoroughly documenting my experience.

I can't tell you much more about the flight because I actually slept for the remaining 6 hours, even though it was midday, and had to be shaken awake for landing by a flight attendant.

Bayswater

United KingdomGB

Heathrow Airport

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Toronto Pearson International Airport

CanadaCA

Matt really appreciated my photo journalism of the experience. At least, I'm sure he did on the inside, since his outward reaction seemed less enthusiastic; let's just say he didn't manage to make friends with the eight year-olds that he was sat with on the flight.

Our following flight was a totally different experience.

Toronto Pearson International Airport

CanadaCA

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

United StatesUS
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