London Honeymoon – Final Day

Published: 11/12/15 11:50 AM in Europe, Merevin Wedding, Travel.

We began the final day of our London Honeymoon with heavy hearts. It was almost over and after just one more day, we would be off to the airport on our way back to sunny Miami. Our time in England and Scotland was a dream, and one we would have both been fine with not waking from. Not only did we get to spend two whole weeks doing nothing but enjoying each other’s company, but we also got to visit amazingly beautiful locations together.

For months before our wedding day, people would tell us how important it was to take a honeymoon. No matter what the destination or length, the consensus was that taking a honeymoon is an important part of getting married. Now I can say with confidence that I absolutely agree. After spending any length of time planning the wedding and then realizing that you spend most of the big day wrapped up in all your family and guests, it is important to take time together to mark the life change that just occurred.

Kevin and I enjoyed just being together with no other worries besides each other and what we wanted to do. It was an amazing trip and, even months later, we still longingly think back to those two weeks.

The Millennium Bridge in  London is a pedestrian footbridge over the Thames River.

A picture of the unique structure of the Millennium Bridge in central London.

Meredith Lambert Banogon poses on the Millennium Bridge in London with St. Paul's Cathedral in the background.

The ramped descent of the Millennium Bridge that connects St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern.

Many pedestrians cross the Millennium Bridge in order to get across the Thames River.

Meredith Lambert Banogon and Kevin Banogon cross the Millennium Bridge on a windy day during their London Honeymoon.

A Walk Across the Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge, officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, is a pedestrian footbridge that links the city of London with the area known as Bankside. To Potterheads the bridge is known as ‘that one bridge the Death Eaters destroy in the opening of The Half-Blood Prince’ while to the design community it is known as a suspension bridge designed by Foster and Partners. No matter how you identify the bridge, it does not change the fact that this pedestrian bridge is a unique addition to the bridges over the Thames.

Since we were taking it easy on the last day of our London honeymoon, we decided to take a stroll across the Millennium from St. Paul’s to the Tate Modern and The Globe Theatre. The day was overcast in that typical London way with a chilly wind that made crossing the Thames a little less than comfortable. However, the view of London from the bridge was worth the walk as you could see a new view of modern London on one side of the bridge with ancient London on the other. The steel arms of the bridge perfectly frame the iconic dome of St. Paul’s as you head north on the bridge.

The interior of the Tate Modern, a collection of modern art in London, England.

Meredith Lambert Banogon and Kevin Banogon contemplate the modern art found within the Tate Modern during their London Honeymoon.

A modern sculpture by Picasso housed in the Tate Modern in London, England.

Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert Banogon are exhausted after a visit to the Tate Modern.

Tate Modern and the Last Day of our London Honeymoon

Once we crossed the Millennium Bridge the first time, we decided to check out the Tate Modern. Although Kevin and I are not that drawn to the majority of contemporary art, the Tate Modern did have a couple of pieces I did enjoy. There are a couple of Brancusi sculptures and a few works by Picasso that were very interesting to see in person. The gallery space itself was vast, impressive, and seemed fitting for the art inside.

Overall our last day in London was spent taking in the last hours of our time in the city. We didn’t do much but walk through areas we hadn’t had a chance to explore yet. The end of any trip is always a little melancholy, but the end of a honeymoon was extra bittersweet. We were excited to go home to our cats, friends, and start saving money again but after such an amazing trip it is hard to adjust to being home again.

Meredith Lambert Banogon snaps a picture as she crosses the Millennium Bridge in London, England.

St. Paul's Cathedral stands out from the other buildings in central London.

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