Now that the wedding is finally over and we're back home and settled from our honeymoon, I've been quite the lazy bugger. I have nothing to obsess over or plan...it's nice and kind of boring and I've found myself in a little bit a lazy bugger funk. Last weekend though, I managed to shake myself out of it and start cleaning, organizing and decorating the house which has been fun. I've also managed to find a new subject to obsess over, (baby fever!), so that helps. So now that I'm finally out of my funk, I reckon I should post a really late blog about our honeymoon.
Mike and I always knew we didn't want to do the typical beach honeymoon because neither of us are huge fans of the beach and I didn't want to spend the whole week in a bathing suit...why torture the poor schmuck who just married me with that so soon in?! Mike really wanted to do Europe and I agreed as long as we picked a country and stuck to it. my rule was no country hopping, no packing and repacking, etc. I wanted to have a relaxing honeymoon as free from travel stress as possible. We decided on England because Mike lived there for a semester during grad school and had fallen completely in love with it. I let Mike plan the whole thing, which is a huge deal for a control freak like me.
One of, I think, the smartest things we did regarding the honeymoon was give ourselves two weeks in between the wedding and the honeymoon to come home, unpack, and relax before leaving again. I can't imagine how stressful it must be to leave for Europe the day after your wedding...what do you do with all your wedding stuff, dress, etc?
|Mike on the plane ride over, he was SO excited.|
|This is how we travel: booze and Mad Men DVDs.|
|My dad and his fiance surprised us with flowers waiting in our room.|
|And champagne! We saved this for mimosas every morning.|
|I loved the tiny room and modern appliances. Notice the chocolates on the bed. Mike ate most of those.|
|The bathroom was really cute. It was like Ikea threw up all over it, but in a good way.|
|Mike enjoying a much needed pint.|
|Cider beers in the beer garden.|
The next day, we started with breakfast at Cote Restaurant. I'm a super nervous traveler wherever we are so I was extra nervous to be a in foreign country, with money I didn't understand, and ordering things that I had no idea what they were. Imagine me in India or China or something...I'd be a mess. I kept getting really nervous about people thinking we were ugly American tourists. Thankfully Mike could give a crap and knew his way around London so he was completely confident and I stood behind him most of the time trying to hold in the tiny mouse-like squeaks of fear issuing from my ugly American mouth. This wasn't helped by the fact that the dude at Cote laughed at me when I ordered coffee my first official morning in London. I got it anyway and that and the food was delicious.
|That was the first and last time I ordered "coffee" from then on out I ordered Americanos with milk and got less laughs.|
|My handsome husband at Cote.|
|Us really excited and about to set off on our first official day in London!|
|Me at the British Museum.|
|So so pretty.|
|Mike's Harrods beer at lunch.|
|Salted beef sandwich...holy weird and tasty.|
|Mike's beer at Byrons, perfect for him.|
|Mike and his ugly sweater at Byrons.|
|Me at Byrons.|
The next day, we had breakfast in the hotel and set off for The British Library. There's not a lot to see there, but I'm an English major and a librarian's daughter so this was a must-see for me. It was well-worth the trip and I wish I could go there to read every day.
|The king's books. I want to smell them. I'm weird, I know.|
After our library hi-jinks, we appropriately got ourselves toot sweet to a church. St. Paul's was breathtaking and one of my favorite sites we visited the whole trip. I am not a very religious person, but churches like this one and The National Cathedral in DC always move me in profound ways. St. Paul's was beautiful and the audio tour was great. We decided also to walk to the very top. I agreed not knowing this meant in total over 1,000 steps, some of which were STEEP. It was exhausting, but the view was beautiful and my butt felt very toned afterwards. Honeymoon bonus.
|The view of St. Paul's from our lunch spot.|
|Gorgeous view of London from the top of St. Paul's.|
|Me! I'm exhausted.|
|Mike at the top of St. Paul's.|
|After the hike, we stopped for a beer in the cathedral restaurant.|
|I felt kind of guilty for drinking beer in church.|
The next day, we headed off to the National Gallery and a walk around Piccadilly Circus. We ended up walking around a lot of the big sites like the Tower of London. We're not big into tours so we just walked around and looked for a bit which was enough for me. We finally caved and ate at a chain restaurant for lunch, Pizza Express. Pizza Hut, this is not. It was delicious pizza and tasty wines. So glad we stopped in!
|The foggy weather does not look good on me!|
|Mike at the Tower of London.|
|Mike finally getting to have a pint at a pub.|
The next day, we accidentally slept in until 9:00 which is a huge deal for Mike so we woke up feeling really refreshed and ready for our day. We started out with brunch at Ginger and White, a really cute cafe where we ate incredibly tasty cheese and meat croissant concoctions. Delish.
|The view from Ginger and White. I want so badly to live on this little street.|
|Westminster, so detailed and pretty.|
|Me looking like butt outside of Westminster...Mike looks good per usual.|
After Westminster, we took a LONG walk to the Chelsea Physic Garden. Mike always reminisces about how one of our favorite stops on our trip to DC with my dad was the Botanical Gardens so he made a point to schedule in a trip to the Chelsea Physic Gardens. It was a long walk and there are no tube stops nearby, but once you get there it's totally worth it. It's really beautiful there and for nerds like Mike and I, it was a must-see. I couldn't help picturing how perfect this place would be for a wedding ceremony, so peaceful and green.
|Having a sit down after the long walk.|
|We were pretty obsessed with this monkey tree.|
We ended up having our best lunch of the trip that day at a pub called the Bag O' Nails. We ordered two platters to share of everything quintessentially British pub food and it was amazing. We also discovered our obsession of the trip, Pimm's.
|Pimm's! Mike has since taught himself to make this and serves it for our friends in the States. So tasty.|
|Best. Lunch. Ever.|
|Mike and I sitting under Queen Victoria's statue at Buckingham Palace.|
The next day, we started out with brunch at Dean Street Townhouse. It was gorgeous in there, the service was impeccable, and I ordered something really odd looking with a quail egg on top that ended up tasting delicious. After breakfast, we walked by the actor who played the boss on IT Crowd and I managed to contain the loud SQUEEE sound building in my head and I didn't accost him at all. I was pretty proud of myself.
|This place was so cool, I want to live in it.|
|Mike enjoying a Pimm's break at Wine Wharf.|
After sprucing up for the show, we headed of for dinner at Nizuni. We ended up too early for dinner because I was being insane about not being late for the show so we stopped into a pub for some pre-dinner drinks. We ended up in a room downstairs of the pub called the Writer's Bar which was old and gloomy and covered in pictures of authors. I loved it. Dinner at Nizuni was delicious, some of the best sushi I've ever had. After dinner, we rushed off to the play making it with time to spare of course. Thankfully, Mike loved it and I know every word of it so I had a great time. I was also pretty proud to be wearing my adorable Banana Republic dress with black flats while we sat next to some Americans wearing jeans and Def Leopard shirts.
|Me at the Writer's Bar.|
|Inside the Black Friar|
|Mike and I at Black Friar|
That night, we had one of the best dinners of my life at Moti Mahal. It was a great location, beautiful restaurant, impeccable service, and delicious food. It was both of our first time's with Indian food and it couldn't have been any better. Sitting in that restaurant in London with my new husband and feeling so thankful and peaceful was one of the greatest moments of my life and I'll never forget it.
The next morning, our hotel got us a cab back to the airport which, coincidentally was far less expensive then getting one ourselves, but ended up being non-licensed so it's literally a random dude who knows the city well driving you in his own car really fast. Thankfully we didn't get mugged or shanked and made it to the airport in one piece. 24 hours later, we were back home and in bed with our dogs.
|We spent more on drinks then we did on food. So tasty!|
It was the perfect honeymoon, there was no fighting, no disasters, amazing food, great sites, and plenty of sitting in pubs staring out the window at the beautiful streets of London while sipping cocktails with my husband. Dream come true.