Skip to main content

The European Chronicles - 6/9/14

Day Fourteen. 

London, England.

We slept passed 7:00am for the first time in two weeks today and it felt tremendous. Who knew sleeping until 8:45am would feel like such a luxury? Regardless, on our final full day in Europe, why not sleep a little bit? We've been focused on attempting to maximize our time ever since we crossed the pond so much that it becomes very easy to overlook allowing ourselves some rest and relaxation before the grind of reality returns. 

After a big breakfast, probably the best we've had on this journey, we ventured again around London with our maps looking to take in parts of the downtown area. First, we made our way over to the Natural History Museum where we took in the cool building, because after all, this trip has turned me into an architecture and art expert. Also, we were able to see dinosaurs! Yes, I meant that exclamation point because what is cooler to see in a museum than dinosaurs? 

We then made our way via the tube to take in other wonderful sites of London including the London Bridge (which is so disappointing), the Millennium Bridge (very cool), the London Tower (very iconic, and I see why), and other parks, areas, buildings, and stretches in downtown London. 

This was followed up with a walk over to Regent Street to take in some more of London's famed shopping area, more of the culture, the people, and of course, we found more gelato. Yup, gelato. Man, I miss the stuff. I'm not sure what I am going to do when I get back to the States. Again, I can't eat ice cream ever again. 

There were plans to see some of the Premier League Soccer stadiums, yes, more sports business and management geekiness stuff, but they are all spread out too far across parts of London. However, I could see Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC, from my hotel view. Maybe when we return we'll take a tour - possibly, when the EPL is in season. 

Here are some photos from today's adventure. Click to enlarge.


















All in all, London is fantastic. 

And well, Italy was outstanding. 

This two week journey in Europe has been amazing and memorable. We head back to the States tomorrow where I plan to wrap up this series for good. 

For now, I am off to enjoy our last night here in London as we hit the local pubs for some brews and dinner. 

Recently Read Posts

CM Punk's Return - Perfect Timing for the Symbol of Anti-WWE

Looooooooook in my eyes, what do you see?! The lyrics to Cult of Personality, especially that first bar,  never felt so fitting for CM Punk as it did last night.  For the most part, everything that is CM Punk's return to wrestling last night at AEW Rampage ties directly into my latest thoughts on pro wrestling - the company is making it must-see destination television, an element desperately needed from pro wrestling.  Last night was incredible as again, it was another moment that made wrestling feel alive - with a wild and energetic pulse. It was one of the coolest moments in pro wrestling that you knew was coming, expected, anticipated, and it was everything and more. Again, MUST-SEE television. That's hard to do.  For me, it wasn't just Punk's return to pro wrestling, but the mere presence and voice of his inclusion in today's space. We know that Punk can deliver on the microphone - probably his best and most signature attribute. We also know that yes, he can

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/10/21

3 Up 1. Moderna Vaccine to Low Income Nations - In a world where the idea of "pandemic" now feels like a state of mind or the privilege of belief, Moderna has decided to aim its efforts in getting at least 1 billion doses to low-income countries the COVID vaccine. I'll save the "vaccine" chat for another time - but this is pretty awesome by Moderna. And oh yeah, highly needed.  2. Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi - Two absolute legends of the WNBA had some legacy-cementing moments this week. Parker lead her hometown Chicago Sky into the WNBA finals, and Taurasi, was named the GOAT of the WNBA by fans. Because well, she is. Congrats to both.  3. Netlfix's On My Block - For the second week in a row I'm putting a personal - and admittedly, biased - selection in the "Up" section. One of my favorite shows by Netflix, On My Block , released its fourth and final season, and yes, I binged it on my daily commute home. Gonna miss the crew from Freeridge.

Thoughts on MLB at Field of Dreams Game

"You'll REALLY like the film. It's a great baseball movie that touches on the father-son relationship - just...just a really good film."  Those were the encouraging words of my father-in-law in regards to the film, Field of Dreams, on the weekend prior to the MLB at Field of Dreams game in Iowa. There were among the few recommendations or positive reviews that I received as the fever pitch (no pun intended - and a terrible movie about the RedSox and Baseball - blah) built toward the game. I, a baseball fan, never saw the movie, or really, had little interest in it.  I finally watched it based on the nudges, excitable remarks, and surprisingly shocked reactions when I mentioned that I never saw the film. And of course, because it would be nice to have SOME context to why the game was special. For me, the film was. well,  it was just there. Good movie - great script for sure. I guess I just never got caught in the romanticizing of baseball that the film elicits for me.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/17/21

3 Up 1. WNBA Finals - The WNBA playoffs are definitely going to be in the running for my Sporting Event of the Year Award. What a series! The Finals were capped off by an amazing game before a raucous crowd in Chicago. Kudos to everyone, especially the amazing story of Candace Parker returning home and winning a chip. Major props to Courtney Vandersloot.  2. New 2022 Quarters - Get ready for your money to diversify - well just a bit. But it's a start! Beginning in 2022, the US quarter coins will feature trailblazing American women such as civil rights activist; astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation's first principal woman chief; Adelina "Nina" Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico's suffrage movement; and Anna May Wong, the first Hollywood film star of Chinese American descent.