Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Londontown Bound...

I purchased my flight to London last Tuesday. Talk about exhilarating! Pushing that 'confirm order' button made it all that more real. And when I later looked at my bank statement, seeing the final total pretty much solidified I was going. : )

My friend Nikole and I wanted to buy our flights at the same time to ensure we got the same one. We are flying Delta and leaving at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1 and are returning to Las Vegas at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. I'm super excited that the flight we chose has a layover at JFK in New York. It's a 3 hour wait at that airport on Tuesday, November 1 so I can only imagine the amount of good people watching I will do. The return layover on Saturday, November 12 is in Detroit. I have never been to either city, so the layovers are an added bonus. Even if it is just a layover...I'd like to think it counts as being there...

In addition to buying the flight last week, we also put down our deposit on the room we will be staying in. Luckily, we don't have to pay the remainder of the room cost until we arrive so I still have some time for that. It's not too expensive given the fact that we are staying 10 nights and it is LONDON. As previously mentioned, the room is essentially a self catering and furnished apartment. While it may not be all that roomy, it is cheaper than an actual hotel room. Beds, desk, kitchen table, bathroom, closet, TV, heather. Pretty simple but it will do. Plus, there is a kitchenette which will save from having to eat out at every meal. The plan is to stock on groceries when we arrive and have them all ready to go for meals. I can't wait to shop at Tesco!!! (I may or may not have a grocery list already compromised...)

- Passport photo: check!
- Flight: check!
- Room deposit: check!

Still to buy before departure:
- Passport
- Tube ticket
- London Eye ticket
- Train to Paris
- Paris bus tour
- Miscellaneous tickets that can be purchased here in the U.S.

Pretty much everything else on our "To See" list is either free or pretty reasonably priced. I am still saving money and will continue to do so right up until I leave.

Here's a sneak preview of the sights I will see:

- Big Ben
- Westminster Abbey
- St. Paul's Cathedral
- Buckingham Palace
- The London Eye
- The Tower of London
- Parliament
- Shakespeare's Globe
- National Gallery
- Temple Church
- Tate Modern
- Windsor Castle, Bath, Stonehenge

And in Paris:
- La Tour Eiffel
- Notre Dame
- Musee de Louvre
- Arc de Triomphe
- Champs Elysses

This trip is fast approaching! 139 days to go to be exact.