During our stay in London, I had the opportunity to drink my first glass of wine. I was not twenty-one, but the drinking laws in Europe are different. (They say as long as you can reach the counter, you’re good!) I had a red wine at a restaurant called Nando’s. The red wine was a horrible choice: way too strong and bitter for me! I forced myself to drink it down, however. It was too expensive not to! I had to hold my nose while drinking it because even just the smell was too overwhelming for my inexperienced palate.
Needless to say, I returned to our hotel that night with a slight buzz. But I wasn’t about to not take advantage of being able to drink!
We also saw a live performance of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre while in London. Phantom has been my favorite musical from the time I was old enough to know what a musical was! The actress who played Christine was absolutely phenomenal! Her voice was amazing! I have yet to hear anyone sing the part as well as she.
We performed our first concert of the trip at Victoria Embankment Gardens. It was a truly unique experience playing in another country. The crowd was much more involved and excited to be there. Many people look forward to the groups from America each and every summer (each state has its own group of students it sends to Europe every summer). Many of the audience members had small American flags they would wave, especially during John Phillip Sousa marches! And let me tell you, Europeans absolutely love Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” One gentleman also had a state of Illinois flag!
That about wraps up our London adventure! Writing about it has made me want to go back even more than I already did! I hope someday soon I will get the chance to return and explore London to my heart’s content.
Next up on the itinerary: Paris!