Landing in Reykjavik, Iceland

It was sad to leave London after an eventful week, but I was excited to make our way to Iceland for the adventure portion of our trip. I have had Iceland on my travel wish list for years and was finally getting my chance to visit the incredible Land of Fire and Ice. We departed…

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Wrapping up in London: Notting Hill, Kew Gardens, & Paddington Bear

We slept in a little after our late night out at the theatre, but managed to get up in time to catch the tube and start our day. The first stop for our final day in the UK was the west London district of Notting Hill. Browsing at Portobello Road Market Portobello Road Market in…

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South Bank, Tate Modern, & County Hall

We returned from our trip to the Cotswolds for another couple days of exploring in London. My horrible cold had reared its ugly head again overnight, and I awoke feeling groggy and queasy. We had reservations for breakfast at Dishoom and went ahead with the plan, but I had an appetite only for a small…

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Day trip to the Cotswolds & Oxford from London

After a whirlwind few days in London, we ventured out of the city for a day trip to the English countryside. I had read about the Cotswolds during my research for our trip and was keen to see this historic area. We found a well reviewed tour from Rabbie’s and headed out in the morning…

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Afternoon tea and Churchill War Rooms

Following a full day in London, we continued on with our busy itinerary. On this day, I had originally booked us tickets to tour the Buckingham Palace State Rooms and we were also planning to watch the changing of the guard. Unfortunately, the palace was closed to visitors immediately after news of the Queenโ€™s death…

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Sky Garden, Tower of London, & Westminster Abbey

Despite my scratchy throat rapidly evolving into a full blown head cold, I pushed through our jam-packed first full day in London. We awoke early in the morning and crossed London Bridge toward our first stop of the day, Sky Garden. Along the way, we admired some views overlooking the River Thames and the London…

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Landing in London: Borough Market and Covent Garden

We departed to London on an overnight flight from Toronto via Icelandair. Because we had booked with the Stopover in Iceland program, we had a short layover in Reykjavik and tiny preview of Iceland before travelling onward into London. As I mentioned in my last post, I had some concerns about being caught up in…

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A historic time in London (plus an epic stopover in Iceland)

On Thursday September 8th 2022, Buckingham Palace announced via BBC that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away at the age of 96, ending a reign of 70 years and 214 days — the longest of any British monarch. As fate would have it, this announcement preceded our departure to London by about 24 hours, so…

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Planning a stopover in Iceland

Now that I have a pretty extensive itinerary planned for our visit to London, I am focusing on the Iceland portion of our trip in September. We booked our flights with Icelandair through their Stopover in Iceland program which offers a stopover flight to Iceland at no additional fare. Following six days in London, we…

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A dozen things to do in London, UK

With our trip to London, UK fast approaching in just over a month, I have been in active trip planning mode. As we get ready to cross the pond for our first international trip since the pandemic started, I’ve spent lots of time browsing Reddit /travel, Tripadvisor forums, and travel blogs, and have come up…

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