I cannot believe it has been a month since getting back from our wonderful honeymoon adventure. I still have all the feelings of excitement and joy when I think about being on the trip – and the immediate desire to go back again very soon! So, I’m finally going to dive into the telling of our journey, one day at a time, and, as promised, I will include photos.
DAY 1 – LONDON
We left Austin around 2pm and landed in London around 8am the following day (we had an hour layover in Houston, but most of that travel time was flight and time difference). It took 3 HOURS to get through immigration in London – no exaggeration! I was exhausted and in a bit of culture shock from the sheer amount of languages that surrounded us as we stood in a seemingly never-ending line.
Once through immigration, we had to process how to get from the airport to our hotel – which was more in the center of London proper. We took the advice of an incredibly nice guy working the finance exchange booth and took a train half of the way, then a black cab the rest of the way. Huge mistake! The total for the one-way trip was 80 American dollars! We quickly learned that Uber was the best way to get around the city – AND to immerse yourself in the culture a bit. To be fair though, though we enjoyed our chats with all our Uber drivers, our cabbie did take us a lovely scenic route by several tourist attractions, including Buckingham palace. Since we had such a short visit in London, it was perfect to see some of these sights via car instead of trying to hustle around town.
Once our bags were settled in our hotel, we wasted zero time getting out and about. Our first stop was Bread Street Kitchen – a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Visiting a Gordon Ramsay restaurant was a huge check off my bucket list and one of the primary reasons for us adding London to our itinerary. It is safe to say that I am an extreme fan.
I ordered a parmesan ricotta mushroom truffle tortellini that was positively mind-blowingly delicious! Andy, after much debate, ordered a hamburger. His reaction wasn’t nearly as positive. One full patty was wildly under cooked – to the point of being inedible. I could hear Gordon Ramsay’s disappointed voice in my head saying, “It’s underdone! What a shame.”
We don’t usually send food back or complain, but in this case, I felt I had to let the waitress know. It really was unacceptable for my husband, on the first day of our honeymoon, to have to eat around a raw burger that was way too expensive to be cooked that poorly – especially considering that he was only eating there to appease me. The waitress was sweet and apologetic, and offered us a coffee and dessert to make up for it. I wanted to try the sticky toffee pudding since it is such a famous dessert of Gordon Ramsay, so we ordered that with lattes.
I will pause to say that jet lag is a very real thing, and we were both suffering. I didn’t sleep much on the plane and we were going into over 24 hours of being awake so I would have accepted that latte straight into my veins if the lady had offered it.
The sticky toffee pudding, as advertised, was perfection. Seriously, it was the stuff of dreams. A few minutes later, two beautifully sparkling glasses of champagne appeared at our table. Confused, we looked around to see if it was maybe brought to the wrong table, but it was quickly followed by a second dessert with “Happy Honeymoon” written in chocolate across the plate! Such a kind gesture!
The manager – a generous and wonderful woman – followed soon after to apologize in person and to wish us a Happy Honeymoon. She also let us know that both desserts, the champagne, the coffee, and the burger were on the house! She then wanted to be positive that Andy was not leaving the restaurant hungry and asked him if there was anything else on the menu that he may be interested in trying. By this point, he was good. The second dessert was a decadent chocolate brownie paired with peanut butter ice cream – right up his alley – so we were both at a pleasantly full spot. She chatted with us a bit and asked us details on our trip, seeming touched that we added the London stop specifically to try a Gordon Ramsay restaurant and to see the Globe. When we moved to leave the restaurant, she caught me on the way out of the door and gave me another gift – a Gordon Ramsay cookbook! I was beaming! I thanked her, sincerely, for making the experience so incredibly special.
From there, with my new cookbook clutched tightly, we walked to the Globe – another bucket list item. We made it just in time for the next tour and so bought tickets gleefully (or I was gleeful and Andy was sweetly accommodating). It was amazing! I had lines of dialogue flitting through my head the entire time. I enjoyed the history of the area, the original Globe, Shakespeare, and what all went into building the Globe that stands today. It was a Shakespeare nerd’s dream.
Andy did a fantastic job taking photos and navigating the city – and he didn’t once rush me through the Globe or out of the shop afterwards (even though I didn’t end up buying anything). I truly married the perfect man and he shows me how perfect he is, in some way, every single day. I was in awe of him the entire trip.
After the Globe, we took a slow, meandering walk arm-in-arm back to the hotel to take in the sights. It was so lovely and, once we got to the hotel room, we locked the door and quickly crashed into exhaustion. We seriously slept from about 5 that afternoon until it was time to get up to checkout the following morning. It was a long, crazy, brilliant, wonderful beginning to our breathtaking honeymoon adventure.
Day 2 coming soon!