This is my second attempt to post. Apparently I did it incorrectly the first time. My husband and I were in London and Paris May 19-29. The trip was originally planned for October 2021, but postponed because of COVID. We were last in London October 2019; our last trip to Paris was 2005.
London Day 1
We arrived at Heathrow at 8:00 AM. The flat we rented at Notting Hill had an afternoon checkin, but the host agreed to let us drop off our luggage at noon. That still left us several hours, so we took our time to get our baggage, set up our phones, have breakfast and buy Oyster cards. We dropped our luggage at the flat at noon. We wanted to avoid the jet lag that ruined our first day in 2019, so we took advice from the RS forums and headed out to walk, with Borough Market as our destination. We took the tube to Blackfriars, crossed the river, and walked along the South Bank to the market. It was wonderful browsing all the food shops and stalls; we had the best sausage roll ever from the Ginger Pig and a delicious lamb meatball pita sandwich from Shuk. We walked back to Blackfriars, taking the Millennium Bridge. Back in Notting Hill, we stopped at Waitrose for groceries, settled into our flat and had dinner.
We had morning tickets for the Beatrix Potter exhibition at the V&A. It was a thrill to see her artwork, sketchbooks, letters and objects that inspired her. It rained all morning, but by the time we finished lunch at the V&A, the sun was out and we decided to walk to the British Museum. We passed through Hyde Park on the way and enjoyed the rose garden. At Green Park near Buckingham Palace, we noticed many people dressed up and walking toward the palace. We found out later there was a royal garden party that day. At the British Museum, we visited the early Britain, medieval Europe and ancient Egypt galleries. It was Friday, and the museum was open late, so we we able to linger for a while. Then we walked to Dishoom in Covent Garden, had a fabulous dinner, and made our way back to the flat.