Third Times The Charm?

We have been planning our 25th wedding anniversary for what seems like five years.  When it comes to vacations we have the worst luck.  Like two weeks before our cruise to Cuba the government shut down cruises to Cuba and then the next year a little thing called COVID hit.  We were supposed to go to London last year in May, then we pushed it to Septemeber because we were sure COVID would be done last fall.

Early this spring we decided to rebook for October and literally were about to cancel again when the UK opened up.  SO the trip that has been off, then on, then off, the almost off is back on.  I am writing this blog because I see so many people talking about trips to London but they never seem to be real - its like people who want to go to museums or want to travel on twenty bucks a day but there are not a lot of blogs that just seem to be normal people planning a trip.  With that there will be links - but they are not going to make me any money.  I literally hate on Pinterest when you want the recipe for something but have to scroll through Aunt Millie's cousins uncles journey to Norway and photos when you just want the recipe.

If I link it then know it is because I find it interesting and I will not make a dime off it.

Trip Logistics

We purchased this trip via Costco Travel.  Honestly, I love their travel options (every rental car we get is through them).  We usually get a great deal at a great price plus as Costco members and cardholders I get great rewards so it is a win-win.  We are going to be in London six days.  At first we were going to do two cities in 8 days but we decided to actually attempt to ENJOY the trip versus a Disney Death March.  I admit I spent forwever going through the different hotel options but I fell in love with Hotel 41.  I am not the type of person who likes to stay in the big glutzy hotels, when we travel we like to enjoy the culture and this boutique hotel seems right up our alley.  It's small it's quirky but at the same time it is right in the area we want to be and I just love that it is very British.

We are flying American (that's basically our only choice) and it is a direct flight.  Its overnight and we took some of our points and upgraded to the front of Economy (the jump to first was a bit steep!) so at least we will have a little room to spread out.  We get in at 7:40 am and then are scheduled for our COVID Day 2 test right at Heathrow (the rules are changing as we speak but I paid for these already) then we have a driver to pick us up!   One of the things I did was buy new suitcases that are not black - and are big.  I have a horrible addiction to Freebird boots and I need some room for them (Baker, Carlito and the baddest of them all Iceland) I plan to wear boots and my coat (I had to buy one since I live in the south) on the plane to save some space. 

Trip Highlights

I am an English History nerd - specifically the Plantagenets through the Cousin's War / War of the Roses, my husband is allergic to museums so if you see museums missing - well that is why.  But we will be hitting Tower of London including the Ceremony of the Keys, St Paul's, Westminster Abbey (hopefully including the Jerusalem Chamber) and Hampron Court (yes I know that is Tudor's but still) as well as a private Sunset tour of Stonehenge Inner Circle.  Usually they are not allowing Inner Circle in October but thanks to COVID they are opened for business and while the price is steep being able to do this is a great splurge and so we booked it!  And of course I have tickets to HAMILTON - because there is nothing like watching people make fun of George III in the VIctoria Palace Theatre.  And then I can say I have seen it on Broadway, London and Charlotte (I was a Hamilton fan before being a Hamilton fan was cool)

My next entry is going to be about all of these pass options - London Pass / Go City 2For1 and all of my number crunching etc plus some of the smaller historic sites that I cannot wait to see.

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