London Day 5

This was our final day in London, so Sox and I decided to do the morning commute with Tandi to discover what the Tube is like during morning rush hour. Now that’s an experience.

We hugged Tandi goodbye and wished her a good day at work and then caught the train out to the Woking station, in the countryside, to visit our friends George and Laura.on-the-train-copytrain-for-gl-copy

When on a train, take a selfie (or 3.)train-selfies-2-copytrain-selfies-copy

We drank chilled Prosecco outside, over a delicious roast for lunch and sweet baked peaches for dessert. george-and-lauras-garden-copypeaches-2-copypeaches-copy

Here’s a pic taken with the GoPro, so that’s why it looks fish-eyed. George Laura Sox Bailey.jpg

Time flies when you’re catching up and having fun. It was so good to see them, but I wish we could have stayed longer or have time slow down.

Before we knew it, we were on a train back to London to make it in time for our reservation at The Sky Bar, my sister had made for us weeks back.

We were trying to work out where we needed to go, but the app we were using, took us to the wrong Tube station. We got back on track, arrived at the building, called “The Walkie Talkie”, but we were over an hour late for reservation and I was concerned we weren’t going to be allowed in. Luckily, we had no problem and we got into the lift that whisked us up sky high.

This photo below isn’t my own, but I sourced it so I can show you that the Walkie Talkie building is the building on the left.walkie_talkie_and_gerkin

The Sky Garden and Bar is London’s highest public garden and has 360 degree breathtaking views of London. bailey-schneider-at-the-sky-bar-copybailey-schneider-sky-bar-2-copysox-and-sky-bar-copysox-and-bailey-at-the-sky-bar-copysox-and-bailey-at-sky-bar-2-copysky-bar-view-copysky-bar-view-by-bailey-schneider-copysky-bar-view-4-copysky-bar-view-3-copysky-bar-smooches-copysky-bar-offerings-copysky-bar-2-copydj-sox-at-the-sky-bar-copyAfter we had taken 100s of pictures of the view and the gardens, we went back down and walked through the streets of London. Again, I was struck by the new architecture vs old architecture and how it just works. Look at the old church in front of the modern Gherkin…gherkin-copy


We met up with my sister after work, bought groceries and head back home for a home cooked meal and a game of Cards Against Humanity – hilarious. It was the perfect last night in London – just spending quality time as a family!

The following morning, we went to the bus stop with our Samsonite luggage. I have always had 2 wheels on luggage and this was my first trip with a suitcase that has 4 wheels. What a game changer .

This is the photo taken just before my sister and I dissolved into tears. bus-stop-farewell

We hugged and sobbed. I miss her so much. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think of her, but I’m also grateful that the distance has made us even closer.


We got the bus to the tube, to the train station…to the airport ready to fly into Heidi Land…samsonite-travel-case-copytrain-to-airport-london-copyplane-selfie-copy

My Swiss dairies are coming up next. Switzerland is a very special place for me because it’s part of my heritage and I have family who live there. Going through my 1000s of photos and trying to choose what to put on the blog (excruciatingly difficult) has also made me aware that my photo’s don’t even look real. They all look photoshopped (they aren’t) because it’s just so picturesque. I also loved getting to show Sox Switzerland for the first time – we permanently had our mouths formed in “Wow!”

Here’s a small taste of what we saw from the sky…switzerland-from-the-plane-copy

Excuse the plane window dirty smear…switzerland-from-the-sky-copy

As we descended, this advert for Victorinox Swiss Army Knives came into view… It was the perfect “welcome.”victorinox-advert-from-the-sky-copy


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  • Reply Cyndee Cochrane

    WONDERFUL pics! Thanks for sharing! SOOOOOO hard when your sister lives on another continent eh? xx

    September 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      So difficult! My Mom and Dad live in JHB and my sister and brother in law in London – never easy not having family close by!

      September 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    AWESOME…AWESOME…AWESOME…I am really enjoying and reading about your travels 🙂 xx

    September 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Natasha Viljoen

    What a perfectly rounded visit to London! Can’t wait to see what’s up next!

    September 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks Natasha! So glad xxx

      September 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Caley

    Such gorgeous pics – those views are amazing!! Nothing worse than family living so far away but so glad that you make the the time to visit each other x

    September 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Tanya

    I’m glad you got to spend time with your sister. Family is everything! By the way I love your sunglasses they are so stunning! I also am thoroughly enjoying these travel posts 🙂

    September 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    I am loving your travel blog Bailey. It is my night time read before going to bed. Waiting for the next installments.

    September 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      That’s so awesome! Thanks Caroline! I’m about to post the next one in 5 minutes x

      September 16, 2016 at 6:44 am

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