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June 13, 2012 / Stephanie Vermillion

Good bye family, hello library

It’s hard to believe that almost three weeks ago I was flying out to Dublin to meet up with my family for our first Euro trip since 2007. Now, 21 way-too-quick days later, we’re saying our good byes as they head back to the States and I head into a weekend of (believe it or not) English rain, homework, and more rain. And more homework.

Tower Bridge at night, London

One reason I always love to travel with my family, (besides the obvious fact I love their company, of course!) is that between my brother and dad, I never have to read a tourist book, trip advisor rating or ticketing site because they plan, study and organize everything when it comes to travel. Because this includes directions and map reading, my travel stress levels decrease tenfold.

And in typical Vermillion family style, we came, saw and conquered many must-see England sights in under three weeks. But, to make sure their time here was as memorable as possible we saved the best for last: a nighttime stroll from Tower Bridge to Westminster along the Thames River.

Tower Bridge, London

Okay, so pretending we saved the memorable, magical walk along the Thames for our last night together may be a bit of a stretch. If you thought we were waiting out the rain for a perfect night, you haven’t met my brother. We had to strategically fit in a Thames River stroll around the Euro 2012 games he had to see, and even dragging him from the Poland (we have no Polish ties) vs. Russia (yep, no Russian heritage either) game was a challenge and nearly took brutal force.

But, hey. We had a great night and a great three weeks in the UK. Thanks for all of your planning team Vermillion, we did it again, and I can’t wait to see you in August!

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