Lindsay and Dean’s European Vacation Part 1 – London

Lindsay and Dean’s European Vacation Part 1 – London

Lindsay and Dean’s European Vacation Part 1 – London

It’s been almost a full week since Dean and I returned home from our amazing three week European vacation.  I’m still fighting a bit of jet lag (seriously though, jet lag is real and it’s awful) but it feel really good to be home.  There’s a lot of people who want to know how our trip went and want to hear all the details so I thought I would do a post for each place we visited.  So with that, I will start from the beginning which was travelling to and spending three wonderful days in the beautiful city of London, England.

We flew out on Thursday May 5th and were fortunate enough to fly with British Airways out of Calgary (as Edmonton no longer has a direct flight to London so Calgary was the best and better option).  We had the pleasure of flying on one of their brand new 787 Dreamliner’s, which I took to naming Big Mama, and it was NICE!!

Big Momma
The plane was so big that I decided to name it Big Momma
As we knew it was going to be along flight, we decided to sit in Premium Economy. I highly recommend it if you want to actually be comfortable on a long haul flight! It's worth it!
As we knew it was going to be along flight, we decided to sit in Premium Economy. I highly recommend it if you want to actually be comfortable on a long haul flight! It’s worth it!

As someone who honestly hates flying (for a variety of reasons) and had a an overnight, 8 hour flight ahead of them, I went to my doctor and got a prescription for a sleeping pill (Zopiclone for those who are wondering and I used it last time we flew over to London).  I knew I wanted to be out during that flight, especially considering we were leaving at 10pm our time and would arrive around 6:30am our time.

As I’ve also done this before, I brought my earplugs, eye mask and my Alexander McQueen blanket to wrap myself up with.  I took my pill and before I knew it, we were doing one last circle getting ready to land at Heathrow.

Hello London!
Hello London!

We arrived at around 1:30pm, grabbed our bags, went through Customs and were on our way to a tube station to head to our hotel.

When we arrived at the hotel, one of the first things I needed to do was have a shower.  There’s something about being on a plane, and especially for 8 hours, that makes me feel gross and in desperate need of a shower.

Before we left for our trip, I had heard that Kit Harrington (AKA Jon Snow from Game of Thrones or AKA my second husband) was in a play in London’s West End called Doctor Faustus so I got us tickets for night.

First night on vacation
Vacation has officially started!
Kit Harrington is as beautiful in person as he is on Game of Thrones. The play was good but very dark. We both enjoyed it.
Kit Harrington is as beautiful in person as he is on Game of Thrones. The play was good but very dark. We both enjoyed it.

The next few days we were there, Dean was able to get us on a guest pass to go workout at the Equinox in Kensignton.  If you do not know London, Kensington is a very high end posh area with a LOT of money.  Seriously, every car we saw was either a Bentley, Aston Martin or Rolls Royce.  There was even a gold plated Lamborghini, and a Lambo dealership a few blocks from our hotel, so I knew the gym would be pretty nice, and it was!

Yep, this will do
Yep, this will do

Not only was the gym beautiful, I was able to train using a Wattbike! I was in heaven.

Anytime I can train or test on a Wattbike, I do it
Anytime I can train or test on a Wattbike, I do it

The nice thing was that there was a Whole Foods right beside the gym so we were able to grab some lunch there and be on with our days.

So the last time I was in London for the World Triathlon Championships back in 2013, it was pouring rain and cold so that’s why it was such a surprise to see not only sun while were there, it was incredibly humid.  That’s why it sucked when we found out that our air conditioning in our room did not work.  So we got moved to another room and upgraded to a two level suite the next day.

We were assured that the air conditioning was working when we got in there.  There was a bit of air flowing but it was not cold.  We gave it the benefit of the doubt and just letting it run as we assumed it would take a bit before it started blowing cold air.  It never did.  We tried to adjust the temperature but 26C was the coldest it would go.  We went to bed but at around 2am, both of us woke up as we were sweating and were so hot we wouldn’t sleep.  We called reception and they sent someone up.

He tried to say that 26C is “room temperature” but Dean called him out on that and wanted it fixed.  So, we were moved to ANOTHER room at around 2:30am just down the hall.  We were able to leave our stuff in the other room as we both just wanted to sleep at this point.  We were not happy with this hotel and pretty much vowed to never stay at that one ever again after this.  Thankfully, the third room did have air conditioning and thankfully, we only had one more night until we left for Paris.

Despite that, we were able to take in some of the amazing sights that London has to offer (and of course I shopped):

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The gardens at Kensignton Palace
The gardens at Kensignton Palace
Chris Froome's TDF TT bike at the Rapha store (yes, I bought some things there)
Chris Froome’s TDF TT bike at the Rapha store (yes, I bought some things there)
Big Ben
Big Ben
Westminister Abbey
Westminister Abbey
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

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Acting like a total tourist
Acting like a total tourist
Celebrating our last night in London before we left for Paris
Celebrating our last night in London before we left for Paris

With only two and half days, our time in London flew by.  Before we knew it, we were waking up at around 4:30am to catch our 7am train to Paris.  Tune in tomorrow to read about our adventures in Paris!

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