A Few of Our Favorite Things

26 Jul

A Tower of London Beefeater

Everyone has their personal favorite things to do, places to eat, shops to go to, etc. on a trip. Lauren and I are lucky that we share the same tastes and interests, some that even our parents question where in the world we got it from ( i.e. sushi, vegan tendencies, mushrooms, the band The Killers, karaoke, and foreign travel in general).

That is the special bond that sisters share. You need no explanation, you just are joined that way.

What are your favorite things to do in London? Or any of your favorite cities??? Sometimes the best parts of a trip are those accidental discoveries that you just stumble across, wandering aimlessly around. It’s the quaint coffee shop off the beaten path, that bistro on the corner with the fab fried green tomato BLT, that vintage shop where you got the one of a kind 60’s sheath, or the hotel entrance that instantly grabbed your attention from the street.

We hope to find some of those unique places. If you have any suggestions, let us know!

So, here are the must see’s, do’s, and eats for us on this trip (in no particular order). Fingers crossed, it all works out!


Shopping at LUSH is a MUST! Lauren and I became obsessed with this store first in London! Organic bath bombs, shampoos, lotions, and more! If you haven’t experienced this bath and body euphoria, as the Brits say “Get on with it!”


Tennis at Wimbledon–we’ll be here on Wednesday for the Olympic match

Women’s Basketball on Monday

Though the tube (subway) is often cramped and noisy, I never grow tired of hearing the British woman’s voice over the loud-speaker telling everyone to “Mind the Gap.”

Peace and tranquility in the city? It’s Hyde Park. Feed the birds, take a canoe ride, a picnic lunch, people watch, or just a leisurely stroll.

What pasta is to Italy, burgers are to the US, and tamales are to Mexico, meet England’s comfort food–Fish & Chips! Cod fish battered with fries and the green stuff–mushy peas!

Brighton Beach (about 1 hour from downtown). Amusement park rides, a historic pier, great food and crafts. One beach you won’t need a swimsuit for.

Afternoon Tea at The Goring Hotel (www.thegoring.com). We are fully bound and determined to figure out what Eton Mess and Eggs Savoury are and decide if we likey.


Kensington Palace is where Princess Diana lived for many years, as well as William and Kate. Her dresses are on display and the gardens promise to be Queen worthy.

“Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament!” –Love me some National Lampoon’s Euro Vacay! This picture is stunning at daybreak. Hoping to capture a similar shot when the city is just waking up.

I couldn’t resist this pic of a traditional Calvary/Foot Guard you might see around Buckingham Palace. We hope to see them, beefeaters at the Tower of London(which, shhh, is where all the Olympic medals are kept safe, among other things,) or at least someone famous (i.e. The Queen, William and Kate, David Beckham, Madonna, haha.)


2 Responses to “A Few of Our Favorite Things”

  1. Ann Ever July 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Haha, love the “vegan tendencies” line. So jealous about afternoon tea!

  2. mozleymcgrady September 25, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    LOVE IT! As usual 😉 And I look forward to reading them all!

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