PHOTOS: “Happy Christmas!” from London

Posted In: Blog, Europe & UK, Photos

Here on LongLongHoneymoon.com, we focus upon our Airstream / RV travels. Since it’s pretty tough to haul one’s Airstream across the ocean, this means domestic travel throughout the spectacular United States.

But the fundamental goal is to share our enthusiasm for not only camping, but travel itself. Travel is arguably the best form of education. How better to absorb culture and history (and beer) than to experience it first hand? So we occasionally take our walkabout overseas (Argentina or Guatemala, anyone?). This is one of those times. Someday we’ll travel abroad with an Airstream; at the moment, backpacks will suffice.

Backpack? Check. Scarf? Check. Silly hat? Check...

Backpack? Check. Scarf? Check. Silly hat? Check...

While it’s not the same as camping, there are similarities. It’s certainly consistent with what Airstream founder Wally Byam was doing 50 years ago, when he led group Airstream caravans to faraway destinations around the globe. The philosophy of “less is more” also applies, especially when you’re serving as your own pack mule.

How many women can fit three weeks worth of stuff in one backpack? That's my gal!

How many women can fit three weeks worth of stuff in one backpack? That's my gal!

How to pack for a journey such as this one? There are many theories. We go as light as possible while retaining DAILY fresh underwear. We also plan to do laundry once or twice during our trip. For me, choosing which photo & video gear to pack is the most difficult part of the process.

Of course we rely on mass transit, which is generally excellent. In London we just bought a one-week “Oyster” pass that grants unlimited usage of the subway (the London Underground), buses, and some boats.

Sometimes there's a 12-inch gap between subway platform and car. Which begs the question -- why not just fix the gap and be done with it?

Sometimes there's a 12-inch gap between subway platform and car. Which begs the question -- why not just fix the gap and be done with it?

No exit signs -- instead, "way out" signs!

No exit signs -- instead, "way out" signs!

Kristy on the London Underground (not a political movement!).

Kristy on the London Underground (not a political movement!).

It's COLD here. That's 21 degrees, for all you Farenheit fans!

They've set up a temporary ice skating rink on the MOAT outside the Tower of London. Brilliant!

They wouldn't have done this in the old days -- mainly because the moat was full of garbage, sewage, and stagnant water. It's no fun skating on sewage.

This market (Leadenhall) is located near our hotel. It's quiet at night: London pubs have last call at 11PM!

This market (Leadenhall) is located near our hotel. During daytime it's full of hustle & bustle. But it's quiet at night: London pubs have last call at 11PM!

In a world of cellphones and wifi, these traditional red booths are mostly useful as temporary shelter from the elements.

In a world of cellphones and wifi, these traditional red booths are mostly useful as temporary shelter from the elements.

The first bottle of brew on this trip! Beer is culture, right?

The first bottle of brew on this trip! For all I know, this may be the Milwaukee's Best of the UK, but I'll give it a shot. Beer is culture, right?

Traditional pub dinner of beef pie, mashed potatoes, and a few veggies. The little pot contains gravy! British cuisine is often the subject of ridicule, but I go for this sort of old-fashioned comfort food. (Hey, chicken pot pies got me through grad school.)

Traditional pub dinner of beef pie, mashed potatoes, and a few veggies. The little pot contains gravy! British cuisine is often the subject of ridicule, but I go for this sort of old-fashioned comfort food. (Hey, chicken pot pies got me through grad school.)

Ahhhhhh. The pride of London, indeed.

Ahhhhhh. The pride of London, indeed.

Harrod's is a London shopping institution. It's kind of like Macy's, but more...of everything.

Harrod's is a London shopping institution. It's kind of like Macy's, but more...of everything.

Harrod's is owned by the guy whose son was dating Diana. Here's a memorial to the two.

Harrod's is owned by the guy whose son was dating Diana. Here's a memorial to the two.

Since the owner is Egyptian, there's a general Egyptian theme throughout the store.

Since the owner is Egyptian, there's a general Egyptian theme throughout the store.

Harrod's averages 30,000 visitors per day, but that number multiplies during the holiday season.

Harrod's averages 30,000 visitors per day, but that number multiplies during the holiday season. Multiplies, get it?

Sean reconnects with former college roommate Gunnar, a proud Swede living in London! Much merriment ensues...

The obligatory self-portrait. Happy Christmas to you from across the pond!

The obligatory self-portrait. Happy Christmas to you from across the pond!

We will be blogging from the UK and Europe for the next few weeks. We are starting in London before moving on to Germany and Belgium. We have family in Germany, so we’re excited about experiencing Christmas in Deutchland.

I’ll upload photos whenever possible. Bear in mind that I’m dealing with inconsistent wifi and a tiny netbook! But we’ll do the best we can. 🙂

Happy Christmas to all of our online friends!

MORE TO COME


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