A sunny weekend in London? Only one logical thing to do… ride bikes! People recommended riding Regent's canal to Camden Market. "It's so easy!" they said. HA. No data plan on my phone means I'm using real maps. Like in the olden days. Ok, well I still use google maps on my phone but unless I'm on wifi, it doesn't actually tell me how to get places. We embarked on the journey pretty confidently since we had mapped how to get to the canal and we were pleasantly riding along (albeit quite slowly since it was pedestrian central) and then… the path just unexpectedly ended. And we were nowhere near Camden market. Ugh. Two iPhones and a paper map later, we quite proudly navigated our way. Ate yet more Indian food (another post on that to come) and made it back just in time for our Jack the Ripper walking tour on Saturday night. It's the little things.
Feeling confident in our biking skills, Mike and I stepped up our cycle game on Sunday and rode the streets of London from Shoreditch to South Kensington. Bike culture is pretty big here - lots of hipster dudes on single speeds. So there are nice designated bike/bus lanes throughout London. This route had to be my favorite bike ride thus far in mi vida Europa - through Trafalgar Square, down the Mall, past Buckingham palace and down past Harrods. It was idyllic - both in weather and scenery. We even got to see the changing of the guards and their furry hats! It was such a rush buzzing on the left hand side of the road with all the cabs and double decker buses around London. In my opinion, there is no better way to experience a city than on a bike. It completely puts you in the culture and you learn the streets so quickly. I'm always so grateful for the opportunity to ride.