Straders in Europe: London (Day Two)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hi! This message should have gone on my last post.. but thank y'all so much for the overflow of sweet comments on our Paris photo shoot. Y'all. I've truly never been so happy with a set of images in my whole life and I felt like I was celebrating something super fun with a bunch of friends. Y'all are sweet. Prints are ordered and I can't wait to share what I ended up getting. Coming soon! :)

Our second day in London was all about knocking out those main sights. This was a day that we did a TON of walking. I miss that life. It was so fun walking so far that my calves pinched a bit, arm in arm with my hubby, navigating somewhere new. Miss you, travel life!!

However we did start the day on a double decker bus... which called for a selfie.

We had been spoiled with really warm, sunny weather on our trip so far.. and I was really excited to wear a cute outfit for some photos in front of these iconic sights. I imagined frolicking through the sun outside Big Ben, etc.

Then the sky looked like this:

Add in the wind from riding on the second story of the double decker bus, and this romper clad girl was freezing her hiney off. We weren't prepared at all. I think when packing it just seemed so ridiculous to pack anything but warm clothes when we were leaving behind 100 degree weather in Texas. This was really the only day that we had issues, simply because I left the jacket in the hotel and was wearing shorts. Yikes. No regrets, baby!!

Riding the bus was a fun way to get an overview of the city. I remembered that I always liked driving over the Tower Bridge as a little girl, and that was fun.. but little did I know that walking on it a few days later would be even cooler.

YAY! I was thrilled when we reached Big Ben. This gloom and doom photo doesn't do it justice, but this is where we hopped off the bus. It was perfect because we could walk across and take our time taking some fun photos!

The London Eye was also right where we got off... and it made us excited to go there a few days later.

I INTERRUPT THIS BLOG POST TO BRING YOU: a little something I like to call, trying to get a great photo of you and your husband taken by a random stranger

Blissfully oblivious that I am cut out of the photo partially ... and the tower is completely.

For this shot the person decided my whole body deserved a spot.. but still no clock tower.

"Oh wait did you want the clock in the photo?" "Yes!"

I call this.. "Blurry with Raindrops"

This was our closest success. Someone cooler than me could probably photoshop off the random passerby.

Then we just settled for selfies and solo shots. :)

After crossing the bridge and turning around the corner.. Westminster Abbey is right there!

BAH! Royal Wedding excitement!

Why do I love candid photos so much? :)

I feel like my possession of a British passport should keep me from taking a photo in a photo booth but whatever!! I'm not too cool!

We then huddled up in a Starbucks for a few minutes to get warm, before walking over to Buckingham Palace.


A girl came and asked me to take a group photo and I don't think she even realized how lucky she was to find someone who shared her desire to get all people and the sight in the same photo.

She took one for us in return. (!!!!!)

It really does look so dark and cloudy in all of these photos, but it was so pleasant when we were walking around. We loved the cooler weather!

We then hopped back on the bus and rode back to our hotel to rest before our evening plans.

On the bus ride back we got to observe something. I'll call it.. the selfie on a stick. This lady had her phone on this stick and proceeded to take selfies literally every two seconds. We could see ourselves in the background of the photo 90% of the time. I wanted to pose but Ben vetoed that fun idea. :(

That evening we attended Hillsong London. SO much fun. It was really neat for us to see likeminded worship take place in a foreign country, and to pray for the needs of the church. It felt really neat to me.

Here is a link to the service we attended- totally worth listening to!

After the service we got to go sushi and ate it in the lobby of our hotel. Honestly one of my favorite meals. We talked all about the day and the service we had attended and chowed down and the soy sauce was in little bottles so obviously that's amazing.

I am still so grateful for that day!


  1. Hahah the lady with the photo stick for her selfies. What an incredible experience to worship in another country!! I love seeing all these precious photos of your trip. Oh, has anyone every told you that your hair is literally perfect??

  2. Goodness gracious what a great day! I would have loved to go to that church service! You look gorgeous by the way. :)

  3. Hey Victoria!
    Your amazing adventures seems so fun and romantic!
    I hope you continue to have a ton of fun!
    How long is your trip in total?
    Thanks for including the people reading your blog in your fun time!
    -Caity...An internet friend. :)

  4. So fun! I visted all those sites last summer and had identical weather both summers I visited London. Does a sunny day in London even exist?? Still so beautiful!!

  5. Awesome! I hope you went into Westminster Abbey! It is my favorite thing in all of London! :)
    And you totally should have photobombed the lady on the bus, hahaha!


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