London & U2!
This past weekend we packed a bag and headed to London for a U2 concert! We left on Saturday morning aboard EasyJet (the Southwest of Europe!), and arrived an hour later at Gatwick. We headed to our hotel, The Royal Horseguards, checked in, and then headed back out again for Chinese food! One of Mark's colleagues is from London, and gave us some good restaurant recommendations. I had a craving for Chinese, as we haven't it eat any since we left the States. Our meal at Royal China was a mixture of dim sum and a couple of entrees....extremely tasty! We went back to the hotel and then headed out again to Wembley Stadium for the concert.
One of London's main forms of public transportation is the tube, which has many lines running all over the city. It makes it extremely easy to get around. We got on the tube for Wembley, along with thousands of other fans doing the same! The first train that came was completely full, but we made it on the second one! It was about a 30-40 minute ride out to the stadium. Once we got there, we made our way to will call to pick up our tickets and then we went in search of our seats. The seats weren't bad...Mark was worried about their location! We got some pre-show entertainment in our section when a couple of crazy British guys behind us started the wave in our section that eventually made it all the way around the stadium...it was really funny! U2 put on a rockin' show and we had a great time! It was pretty neat to see Bono sing live. It is definitely one of those bands you have to see in concert. The entire stadium sang along with most of the songs! They played for a little over two hours and included all of their classics on the playlist. It was great!
The next day we headed out to do some sightseeing before we had to catch our plane home. I haven't been to London in almost 20 years, so I was excited to go see some of the major sights again! We walked along the Thames River and checked out the London Eye, which is the world's largest ferris wheel then walked on to admire Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament both of which are fantastic sights. After that, we took the tube a couple of stops to check out St. Paul's Cathedral. Since it was Sunday and Mass was starting, we were not able to tour the inside, but we managed to get in for a minute to check it out...what a beautiful church! Our final stop was Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen. We took a walk through St.James Park and enjoyed an ice cream before going back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and head for the airport. It was a fantastic weekend! I can't wait to go back again!