Hey everyone!  I hope you all have had a lovely day and happy Independence Day!! So as you may have noticed, I haven’t posted anything for a little while, and that is because I was on vacation!  We stayed in London for five days, then moved on to Paris for four more days.  As it was my first time in Europe (and out of the country to begin with), I thought it would be really nice to just talk a little bit about it.  So, here goes!

So, before we actually talk about the trip itself, I’d like to talk about the flight.  The flight was about eight hours, which was the longest flight I had ever been on.  Being on such a long flight, there were things I had never experienced before, like having a meal on a plane and being given a blanket and pillow to sleep.  Also, the time change was something I did not give much thought to before, but oh my goodness, it’s so weird!  We landed in the morning, and after not sleeping on the plane AND the difference in the time change, I was SO tired the first day.  And the day I got home, I fell asleep at 6:30 pm!  This was something I knew was going to happen and obviously heard of before, but is just so weird to experience, but really is cool to have one day be less than 24 hours then another day be more than 24 hours because of it.

Now, on to the trip itself.  First, I’ll start with the UK.   As strange as it sounds, I honestly thought not having air conditioning and screens on windows would bother me, but it didn’t really, it just took some getting used to.  Staying in London meant using the tube to get around places, and although I had used the subway in NYC before, the tube was still quite daunting and exciting, and it was really cool to do!  In terms of what we did, we saw a lot of the sights like the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Parliament, and took a river cruise on the Thames, which was beautiful.  We also went to Shakespeare’s Globe, which was very cool to see, and to get there we crossed the Millenium Bridge, which was featured in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, so I definitely did some geeking out.  Speaking of Harry Potter, while in London we HAD to go to the Warner Bros Studios Tour.  It was amazing, and not only because of the Butterbeer ice cream, which was fantastic.  As part of our time in the UK, we also headed to Leeds Castle, the Cliffs of Dover, and the town of Canterbury as part of a day trip, which was probably my favorite part of the whole trip, especially seeing the sea (and not from just any beach, but where troops were brought home in WW2 after being rescued from Dunkirk).  We also went to the Churchill War Rooms Museum, which, as a history nerd, was very neat, and to 221B Baker Street, which was also neat as a fan of BBC’s Sherlock.

And now, on to Paris.  We went to Paris by train, which was interesting to experience and only took about two and a half hours.  AND we left out of St. Pancras Station, but before we left went next door to Kings Cross to see Platform 9 3/4.  Paris for me was all about walking around and just taking it in, but we did of course see the Eiffel Tower (and rode a carousel right next to it, which may have been my favorite part of Paris tbh), the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and the Louvre (although I did not personally go inside of it, it was SO cool to see the outside).  We also ate outside at a French restaurant, which was very cool to do and I actually really enjoyed what I ate.  We had a little less time in Paris and did more of just relaxing than we did in London, but it was such a lovely time in both places honestly.  It is still crazy to me that I’ve been to three countries now, something I could not say two weeks ago.  I’m not going to lie, travelling to Europe was very scary, but I am so glad I did it.  Even though I didn’t see and do every single thing each place had to offer, I still saw so much more AND learned so much more than I ever have on any other vacation, and now I am excited to travel and discover more.

Thank you all so much for reading!  Please comment below and tell me about your experiences travelling abroad, whether it be the first time or the hundredth time, and anything you have learned or discovered while travelling.  I hope you all have a lovely week!

Xx Grace

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