Jessica's Let's Go Spring Break in Europe

Let's Go Travel Guides is sending me, Jessica Smith from MTV's Laguna Beach, to Spring Break in Europe. Catch my updates and photos right here!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Hi Everyone,
So my trip is absolutely amazing so far!!! We woke up this morning and had breakfast at our hotel then got dressed and tried to see everything we could before we got too tired.

We started off the day by going to this place called Speaker's Corner at Hyde Park where some guy sat there talking about how good god was but how churches are hypocrites, it was actually pretty interesting to hear his point of view. After we walked that for a little bit, we just had to hit up the local Starbucks haha, where we met some really nice people from Dallas who loved Laguna Beach. It was really funny to see people who knew who i was. kinda weird in Europe.

Right after that we went down to Whitehall Street which is the street where lots of London's main tourist sites are. We first stopped in the square to see the Queen's Life Guards, which are the English guards on horses with swords standing out front. I got my photo taken with one of them!!!

I guess they are guarding some walking path to the mall but the building is where the queen used to hold meeting to round up her army.

After that we went to Westminster Abbey where someone had told me Princess Diana was married, but i guess we were wrong. Nonetheless it was absolutely beautiful outside. By the time we walked to all those places and it was about noon (4 in the
morning in California, by the way, haha), and we walked back up the street to Trafalgar Square where they had a huge parade and party and live band for St. Patrick's Day.

It was basically everything you would imagine an Irish parade to be. I had so much fun at it and it was really funny to watch all of the people interact. It was literally one huge party. Then the mayor of London and the head of Guinness beer and a bunch of other guys I didn't know made speeches then they let off about 600 balloons that were green, white, and orange (the colors of the Irish flag) - it was really cool.

After we had our fill of that we walked back down Whitehall street to go look at Big Ben and the House of Parliament. They were both really beautiful, but we didn't spend to much time there because it is more about seeing the structure then anything else. Both of those things were right on the Thames so that was absolutely beautiful. After that we walked across a bridge to ride on the London Eye. It is the largest Ferris wheel in the world, and it goes up to 158 meters in the air. You can see all of London from the very top.

It was really awesome to see, but it was really expensive and it also took 30 minutes to go around a full circle. When we were done with that we walked over to the Millennium Bridge, but not before stopping to get some good old McDonald's, haha. Yes, I am REALLY getting the experience of Europe with Starbucks and Mcdonald's, but it was on the way and we were hungry, haha. Anyway, we walked over to the Millennium Bridge, which was basically completely open on the sides (very different from most American bridges) and right across the water was the Tower Bridge.

After all of that, we went to St. Paul's Cathedral and THAT is where Princess Diana got married. The outside of it was sooo amazing and then after we walked inside i was in awe. the architecture and structure of it was put together so perfectly that i couldn't close my mouth haha.

After we were done with that we went back to the hotel, sat for about 20 seconds to rest our feet from walking so much and then came here so I could type this blog. On the way, we wanted dinner, but didn’t know where to go. I decided I wanted Chinese or Asian food. In the Let's Go book they suggested that we go to Mandalay and we did. It was so helpful because we would have been lost otherwise, and they were right, the food was really good. I got a beef dish that was delicious.

Now i am here talking to you guys!!! I kind of wanted to go see a play tonight, but since it is St. Patty's Day, we decided to go out!! So we're headed back to Trafalgar Square for all their nighttime festivities, so it should be fun.

Then tomorrow we are going to go shopping, and see everything that we didn't get to today, like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace (which is where my boyfriend Prince Harry lives... I like him more than Will... I'm weird), the Globe Theatre, and the Tower of London if we have time. I'm really excited for tomorrow!! Have a great night tonight guys, and talk to you later!!!!

~jess


P.S. Hey everyone, thanks for leaving comments!! I read them all but I'm working on figuring out how to reply back to them, so I will try to when I get a chance, but keep posting and I'm glad you guys like the blog!!! thank you so much!!

10 Comments:

  • At 2:49 PM, Blogger Jessox3 said…

    Sounds like you had a blast! Can't wait to hear more and have fun tomorrow!

     
  • At 3:47 PM, Blogger Dawn-Marie said…

    Oh my god I can't believe you were at the parade in London. I was meant to go with my mum (She goes every year with a bunch of Irish people from where we live) but I was too hung over to get up this morning haha! Although I suppose I wouldn't of seen you threw the throng of people anyway! haha!

    Just FYI St. Patricks Day is the 17th - it's just the parade in london and stuff is always on like the sunday before! But don't worry where ever you are in Europe they'll be some kind of celebratation for it!!!

     
  • At 4:38 PM, Blogger HD said…

    If you go to Buckingham Palace tomorrow, you should definitely go during the changing of the guard. It should be at 1130AM London time.

    I tripped to London in 2003 and I absolutely loved it. I will most certainly be going back! Take it all in and enjoy yourself!

     
  • At 4:51 PM, Blogger alex said…

    Hey, sounds like you went to London at the perfect time!! It does sound like one big party, and you'll fit right in, judging from what I've seen you crazy Laguna Beachers do on tv. =p Haha jk, hope you have a nice, fun, safe trip!

     
  • At 1:15 AM, Blogger nicolex03 said…

    check out the tower of london! its really cool to see all the different jewels and armor and such. def a cool sight. try to check out their museums. the modern art one is pretty cool. and if you feel like asian again, wagamama is pretty good. sounds like you're having a blastttttt

     
  • At 5:42 AM, Blogger Toine Online said…

    Hey Jess,

    Cool you're having so much fun in London. Can't wait to hear more from your trip.

    If you want some tips for when you're in Amsterdam tell me and I will give you some!

    x Toine

     
  • At 6:01 AM, Blogger mindycure said…

    Oh that sounds like so much fun! I went to London a couple of times years ago and had a blast. You are reminding me of what fun it was there! Can't wait to see you on LB3 :)

     
  • At 6:02 AM, Blogger mindycure said…

    Oh that sounds like so much fun! I went to London a couple of times years ago and had a blast. You are reminding me of what fun it was there! Can't wait to see you on LB3 :)

     
  • At 12:19 PM, Blogger Maxine said…

    Have you been to Kensington yet? It's so cute and quaint and posh --and there are a bunch of brunch-y places to eat there. Also, I like walking along the Thames at night; it's so beautiful.

    I read that you're going to Paris and Amsterdam soon as well -- I don't know if it's in the Let's Go guide, but there's a great place called Angelina's by the Louvre that serves up amazing hot chocolate (as well as hot white chocolate!). It's basically real chocolate melted with a little bit of milk.

    And in Amsterdam, definitely stuff yourself with desserty foods. Their waffles are really good :). Have fun, and travel safely!

     
  • At 12:19 PM, Blogger Maxine said…

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