On our way back to Manchester to pick up Isabel’s daughter, we stopped in the adorable village of Buxton. Lots of shops (several charity shops), beautiful gardens and so very charming. Here’s some snaps I took of Buxton.
After picking up Isabel’s daughter, we dropped off the rental car and took the train to London to spend the last couple days of our trip.
Our first destination was Portabello Road. We got there fairly early and it was already getting busy with shoppers. They had everything there from antiques, to produce, to pastries (had the most wonderful apple cream pastry). We didn’t buy a lot there, just a few trinkets which I’ll share on my next post.
We then made our way over to the London Eye. On the way, we saw this
And him, our first and only celebrity sighting. It’s Rick Steves the travel host and author.
My first view of the London Eye.
After the London Eye we headed here, the sight of a little recent wedding you may have heard about.
The next day, the three of us hopped on a bus and saw the sites.
Took a tour of the Tower of London which was really cool. Saw the Crown Jewels (no pictures allowed), and lots of other cool stuff.
View of Tower Bridge from The London Tower.
We then headed to Covent Gardens Market where we had to duck out of the rain. Not so bad as we had some yummy Paella for lunch. Should have gotten a picture of that.
I loved all the birds perched on this statue.
We ended our day with a visit to the Queen. Unfortunately she didn’t feel obliged to come out to see us.
We didn’t get to see the changing of the guards, but I did get a picture of this one. It’s hard to tell, but I think he’s smiling.
That’s about it for pictures of my trip. Hope you enjoyed tagging along on my journey. Overall, I couldn’t have been happier. I saw so many wonderful things and places and I will always treasure the memories I made with my good pal, Isabel. She was the perfect travel companion and we shared many laughs along the way. I am so grateful that she agreed to be the designated driver on this trip, but most importantly that she invited me to join her.
Next up I’ll share some of the treasures I found on my trip. Until then, have a wonderful weekend!