we landed in the early morning and took a cab straight into the city. i don't know if it's been the abundance of british movies i've watched lately, but i was expecting a winding road that passed by beautiful castles and green pastures. instead those castles were replaced with factories and green pastures filled with brown weeds. curse you pride and prejudice! that said, as we drove further into the city, i couldn't believe at how quaint and CLEAN everything was. wait a minute, london doesn't throw all of their trash on the sidewalks too? score!
we checked into our hotel, dropped off our bags, and found the nearest restaurant to grab some breakfast—sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, and toast to be exact. not my typical choice for breakfast but definitely one that can be acquired. :)
we spent the rest of the day wandering in and out of cobble-stoned streets—each being more magnificent and beautiful than the last. we quickly made our way into the nearest park entrance along kensington gardens and found the most beautiful set of fountains at the italian gardens. a couple years back, tiffany & co. restored all of ornamental fountains and statues back to their original state. they're beautiful.
we've had a lovely first 2 days, and i'm a bit more at ease about our adventures ahead of us. we're going out with a broker tomorrow and tuesday to find a flat. once that is settled, i will finally be able to relax. you can't even imagine the stress of finding the perfect flat i have put on myself, my husband, and the poor broker that was placed with me and my erratic behavior! wish us luck!