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London Day 2

Day 2.

I woke up with pretty sore legs. I am not used to walking this much. In SA, we don’t have a walking culture. I potter around the house in the morning, walk down the stairs and into my driveway. I get into my car, drive to my destination. Park. Walk a little into my meeting, a coffee shop, or the office, where I sit. The most walking I’m getting day to day, is if I go to a shopping centre. I’m obviously discounting exercise, but in our day-to-day lives, we walk so little. It’s actually really bad. So the London life of walking was another culture shock.

Luckily, we got walking fit quite fast!

After a quick breakfast, we hit the tube again and came out at Westminster. As soon as we walked out of the Tube station, Big Ben was there to greet us in all his majestic glory. It actually took my breath away, because I just wasn’t expecting to see that as I walked into the sunshine.big-ben-copybig-ben-and-palace-of-westminster-copybig-ben-and-sisters-copybig-ben-copy
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It felt surreal to be there. I kept waiting for James Bond to come whizzing down the Thames in a speed boat.

We took a walk all the way along Westminster Bridge and then along South Bank taking in the sunshine, the people, the boats on the Thames and the different sights.south-bank-copysandcastle-art-copysocrates-georgiades-the-real-greek-copysnog-copyshakespeare-globe-copymerry-go-round-copyI also asked to take a photo with the Bobbies (no shame here) and they were so friendly. I was about to put my arms around them, but then they stood upright and held their vests. This is why I love dresses with pockets – it made it far less awkward.bailey-and-the-bobbies-copyThe London Eye is massive. We didn’t go on it, the queue was ridiculous, but it was pretty special to see it from an ants view. london-eye-copy

We walked up a bit of an appetite and headed off to Borough Market. It was amazing. It’s like Cape Town’s Biscuit Mill on steroids.

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Colourful mushrooms…mushrooms-copy

Ross devoured this pulled pork and crackling sourdough roll.pulled-pork-borough-market-copysmell-me-borough-market-copytruffles-copy

Sweet potato chips with mayo…sweet-potato-fries-copystrawberries-copytucking-in-at-borough-market-copywhite-wine-sangria-copy

The Borough Market is an absolute must! Go hungry.building-reflections-copyross-building-reflections-copylondon-reflections-copythe-shardbw-fountains-copyfountains-copycolour-fountains-copytandi-and-sox-copytower-bridge-2016-2-copyWe were there when the Rio Olympics were on and throughout London they had public areas with big screens for people to watch and support Team Great Britain and be entertained by Rio dancers.watching-the-rio-olympics-2016-copyWe grabbed something to drink and sat down on the grassy embankment enjoying the sunny weather and the majestic view of Tower Bridge. I still can’t get over how lucky we were with the weather.south-bank-laziness-copytower-bridge-4-copytower-bridge-copytower-bridge-over-the-thames-copy

After a relax on the lawn, our good friend Rhodri met up with us. Rhodri and Sox whizzed off to Madison, a party on a rooftop that overlooks St. Pauls Cathedral, where Sox would be DJing. tower-bridge-with-sox-and-rhodri-copy

Ross, Tandi and I were going to join the party a little later, but we first wanted to explore a bit more and since we were right there by the Cathedral, we walked around it.st-pauls-and-telephone-copyst-pauls-cathedral-2-copyst-pauls-cathedral-copytandi-at-st-pauls-cathedral-copythe-bruyns-copyenglish-rose-by-st-pauls-copyenglish-roses-at-st-pauls-cathedral-copysisters-at-st-pauls-cathedral-copy

After a walk around St. Pauls, we walked across the road to where Madison’s was…st-pauls-cathedral-reflections-copyst-pauls-cathedral-copy

When Ross, Tandi and I arrived, there was a long queue of all these people dressed to the nines. Beautiful dresses, sky high heels and lots of make-up. As we had been tourists the full day, we were in sneakers and cotton dresses – not quite the look for a rooftop party. Also, I’ve learned to stop listening to my husband when he tells me what the dress code is: His dress code for everything is: “It’s casual babe!”

Ha!

The lady with an earpiece at the bottom of the lift, looked us up and down and didn’t want to let us in with sneakers on. I then said something, that as soon as it was out my mouth, I cringed: “I’m with the DJ”

“Sure you are, love!”

“No, really… The DJ is my husband…”

“I’m sure he is, sweetie.” Not believing me one bit. Sweetie. I find it so condescending.

It was funny though, when she came back to us, she looked a little defeated and sighed: “Come with me…” She led us passed the long queue of manicures, make-up and models, and up we went to the rooftop.

We drank rosé while admiring the view. We danced and I loved seeing people come up to Sox and give him compliment after compliment. Sox played a mix of music and threw in a lot of South African music too, like Goldfish, Crazy White Boy and so on. I especially loved it when people came up to ask him what the SA songs were because they were loving them. madison-club-copydj-sox-and-rhodri-burgess-copydj-sox-copydj-sox-madison-copygareth-and-sox-copymadison-copymadison-sunset-dj-session-copymadisons-and-friends-copyoverlooking-st-pauls-cathedral-from-madison-copyravi-and-dj-sox-copysunset-at-st-pauls-copyAfter a good night, we head off to Byron’s for burgers. I was so hungry I actually didn’t take any photos of the burgers, but they were good.

Tired and happy, we returned home on the Tube, fell into bed and slept like the dead rejuvenating for the next day’s adventure.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Brenda Hayden

    I’m loving your memories! My husband proposed to me on Tower Bridge.

    September 9, 2016 at 8:34 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      WOW! Now that’s romantic!

      September 9, 2016 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    What a busy day you had, and I can see how and why you were so tired. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your travels 😉 x

    September 9, 2016 at 8:45 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Hahaha… Still can’t get over everything we did! It was such an amazing adventure! Thanks for reading x

      September 9, 2016 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Cheryl Humphries

    Amazing pic’s….& you sure did a lot 🙂

    September 9, 2016 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Cheryl Humphries

    Amazing pic’s….& you sure did a lot 🙂

    September 9, 2016 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Natasha Viljoen

    Wow, after such a full first day, seems like you managed to top even that!
    So true about us not being a walking culture, I never actually thought about it, but now that you’ve mentioned it I realise how little we actually walk on a daily basis!
    Love all the pics, keep them coming LOL

    September 9, 2016 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Tanya

    I’m loving your travel posts. Keep them coming! Your photos are lovely and I can’t believe how much you crammed into your day xxx

    September 11, 2016 at 11:22 am
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  • Reply Caley

    It is like being in London all over again – and what perfect weather!
    Haha love your “I’m with the DJ” story 🙂 And Byron burgers are the most delish x

    September 19, 2016 at 9:10 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      They are so yum ! We were so lucky with the weather and yes, I still cringe when I think of that story! Haha!

      September 19, 2016 at 9:45 am
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