Lindsay’s and Andy’s Excellent European Adventure – Part One

You might not have heard, or maybe you couldn’t tell from the title of this post, but I recently returned from an excellent European adventure with my wonderful and sexy husband where we ate a lot of fried food, saw a lot of castles, befriended the Loch Ness monster, drank a lot of beer and made out in the streets.

How’s that for a post opener?

Just kidding though about the last part, Andy prefers that we make out privately. Something about being “respectful of other people” and “courteous to those around us.” Idk, he’s weird.

Our excellent European adventure was tripod-like in nature, in that it had three legs. We started the trip in London, then headed to Scotland, and finished in Dublin. There is also a chance that Europe influenced my similes in a really weird way, like…..like a sleep paralysis-induced alien abduction.

No, I haven’t the slightest idea what I’m even typing right now. Dear self, that’s enough coffee for today. And probably forever.

SO LET’S TALK ABOUT LONDON. I’m going to show you some pictures, and I’ll probably talk a little bit between them. Then tomorrow we’ll talk about Scotland, then the next day we’ll talk about Dublin. It’ll be fun, you’ll like it.

LET’S GET STARTED!

 

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Trafalgar Square

 

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Tower of London – the hall where the Crown Jewels are stored

 

 

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Tower of London

 

It is important for me to tell you that here, on the grounds of the Tower of London, I had the best lemon gelato of my 26 short years. It had these crunchy lemon cookie crumbles on top, and it was so light and creamy and refreshing and …… oh. Be still my heart.

 

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Beautiful chapel inside the Tower of London that I snuck an illegal picture of. Shhhh!

 

 

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At the Tower of London with the Tower Bridge in the background. I forced Andy to take seven versions of this picture until he got one that pleased me.

 

 

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Borough Market

 

 

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The London Eye

 

 

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Cheesin’ on the London Eye……note to self: learn how to fill in eyebrows (advice is not only welcome but requested)

 

 

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Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the top of Westminster Abbey, as seen from the London Eye

 

 

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Westminster Abbey

 

We arrived at Westminster Abbey too late in the day to get to go in, which was a bummer. I guess that just means we’ll have to go back someday. FINE WITH ME.

 

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Buckingham Palace

 

 

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Ohhh, I don’t know, just some casual rocks

 

Okay so Stonehenge story time: Andy was trying really hard to listen to the handheld personal narration above the roaring wind, and I was obsessed with taking the perfect picture through my crazy hair whipping in and around my eyes every millisecond (tourist level one thousand). But goodness this place was amazing to see.

 

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Tell me about it, Jo.

 

This begins the Harry Potter Studio Tour portion of this blog post. Confession time: I never read Harry Potter growing up. BUT HOLD ON, BEFORE YOU TAR AND FEATHER ME: I have since read all the books and seen all the movies, and consider myself sufficiently obsessed. I didn’t know what to expect on this tour, but holy crap on a stick it was phenomenal. We took a tour bus about an hour outside of London to the actual Warner Brothers studio where they filmed the Harry Potter movies for 10 years,  got to walk on the actual sets where the actual cast walked, saw the actual costumes and props and everything, and drank actual butterbeer (it was way too sweet for my taste…..and severely lacking in the alcohol department).

 

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Hanging out with my bestie, Dumbledore

 

 

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NBD GOING TO HOGWARTS PLEASE FORWARD MY MAIL

 

 

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The Hogwarts model they used to film any and all establishing shots in the movies….this sucker was about 40 feet tall, and absolutely beautiful

 

Like I said. Mind-blowingly phenomenal. I HIGHLY recommend this tour if ever you find yourself in London.

 

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Covent Garden….surprisingly NOT an actual garden.

 

 

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This is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Like I said on Instagram, I was almost peeing my pants with excitement when we walked through the doors. In hindsight, that could have also had something to do with all the water and beer I’d had with lunch. We saw As You Like It, a comedy, and not to be redundant, but holy crap on a stick it was phenomenal.

 

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The most beautiful stage I have ever seen

 

And there you have it. These are, of course, only a handful of the (literal) hundreds of photos I took during the five days we were there. If you want to see more, take me to happy hour and I’ll show you the other 784. So tell me, have you been to any of these places? Are you planning to go? Like I said, tomorrow we’ll talk about Scotland (my favorite part of the trip), so get your Scottish brogues and kilts ready.

—The Wife in Training

13 Comments

  • AH YES YAY YES OMG YAY YES YES YAY OK.

    • Reply June 24, 2015

      Lindsay Landgraf Hess

      YOU WERE RIGHT IT WAS JUST AS FANTASTIC AS YOU SAID IT WOULD BE.

  • Reply June 23, 2015

    Juliette

    I JUST HAVE NO WORDS. This is all so wonderful and your outfits are PERFECT. You’re a really stylish tourist and I’m so proud. And I can teach you to fill in your brows. Just get some eyeshadow that’s like, a shade lighter than your hair and a stiff brush (e.l.f. at target might have some) and go to town. But don’t overdo it. EASY RIGHT?

    • Reply June 24, 2015

      Lindsay Landgraf Hess

      Awww well thank you very much, you do know how hard I worked on those outfits. ;) Okay I tried the eyebrow thing this morning and I’ll text you a picture. I feel like I look like a baby prostitute, but I could be wrong.

  • Reply June 23, 2015

    amber

    QUIT IT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I JUST WANT EVERYTHINGGGGGGG FROM LONDON IN MY LIFE.

    Also, eye brow filling is SHO SHIMPLE. I can explain manana.

    • Reply June 24, 2015

      Lindsay Landgraf Hess

      YOU NEED TO GO THERE IMMEDIATELY. I’ll come too, you’ll like it.

  • I want to go to happy hour and eat queso and look at all 700 of your pictures!! See you in 20 hours?!

    • Reply June 24, 2015

      Lindsay Landgraf Hess

      YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

  • Reply June 25, 2015

    Kalyn

    Just stalking all your travel posts because WE’RE GOING TO EUROPE IN TWO YEARS OMG. How long did you guys take to plan? What did you do for your phone plans? Who did you book through? We are thinking the UK, Paris, and Amsterdam!

    • Reply July 6, 2015

      Lindsay Landgraf Hess

      OMG YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE THE BEST TIME. Can I go back there with you? It totally won’t be weird at all, I’m potty trained (mostly) and everything. We didn’t get a phone plan, we just didn’t call or text and only used the internet when there was Wi-Fi available. Who did we book through……ummmm I think we just used the airlines’ sites directly, if that’s what you mean? Email me, we’ll figure it out. And YES the UK, Paris and Amsterdam sounds like an incredible trip combo!!!!

  • just playing catch up so i can see your photos on an actual computer screen and OMG AMAZING!!!!!!!! i MUST go to the harry potter tour immediately! also, you are forgiven for not reading them until later because at least you caught up. amazing.

    • Reply July 6, 2015

      Lindsay Landgraf Hess

      Omg you would love it. You HAVE to go. And you also have to take me along with you.

  • Reply July 8, 2015

    Faith

    Your trip looks AMAZING. You guys are the cutest.

    HARRY POTTER STUDIO LOOKS INCREDIBLE. I HAVE TO GO.

    Also, is that man wearing his pj’s at the market??

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