July 12, 2014


One of the hardest things about traveling to a new place is feeling like you have no where to come home to, no where to escape the unfamiliar and absorb everything you've seen and done. Thankfully, my mom and I did not have that issue at all during our two weeks in London.
We stayed at a flat in Kensington that we found through VRBO and Ivy Lettings. From the get-go, we knew we didn't want to stay in a hotel; we wanted a little more space and to hopefully get more bang for our buck with a flat rental.

Now, I'm not sure if we just overestimated how expensive our accommodations would be in London, but our flat was way cheaper than we were expecting, and because of it we were able to deal with the blow of expensive airline tickets much more easily. And on top of it all, the landlord, Monica, was so welcoming and helpful. I truly feel like we experienced London more like locals than tourists simply because we had a great place to sleep at night. Finding comfort in a foreign place is a special thing, and I'm thankful that my mom and I were able to have that comfort after long days of exploring. We kept saying to each other how at home we felt every night.

These photos were taken the day we arrived, and in typical London fashion, we were welcomed by rain when we landed at Heathrow. To say the least, our drive from the airport to the flat wasn't exactly filled with "oohs" and "ahhs." But almost as soon as our taxi stopped at our flat, the rain cleared, and the sun started to peak its way through the clouds. We grabbed lunch at a local pub, went to our nearest Tube station to get our oyster cards, and stopped to get a few groceries. By the time we got back in the evening, our street was covered in a perfect, glowing sunshine, and I couldn't resist snapping some photos of our quaint road in Kensington - a calming memory of our little English nook.


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