Arriving in Europe
After flying for 12 hours from Seattle to Chicago, then Chicago to London. My mom and I arrived in London tired, but excited to see the sights and start exploring.
Our first excursion was taking the train north to see Windsor Castle. We approached from the south of the castle and the sheer size of the curtain walls and towers was astounding!
We took a bus tour around the English countryside taking in all the pastoral splendor. Eventually we visited the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon. We even went in the house where Shakespeare was born!
Taking a train underwater through the Channel Tunnel to Paris was definitely a highlight of the trip to me. We saw Notre Dame, the Musee D'Orsee, and the Eiffel Tower! Unfortunately the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, the only day we were there!
Visiting the ceremonial seat of the British Crown was an amazing opportunity to see the living embodiment of history. The changing of the guards is another fascinating piece of tradition and ceremony enacted in modern times.
Tower of London
The infamous Tower of London has been home to innumerable political and criminal prisoners for hundreds of years. The incredible old fortifications also protect the British Crown Jewels. I had never seen so much gold in person before!