Weekend Scenes: July 4th & 5th

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If we were back home in New England our weekend would have mainly consisted of beach hopping, BBQs, and time spent with family and friends as we watched fireworks overhead to celebrate our country. It felt odd to be somewhere else for the ultimate summer holiday but we did our own little things to honor the weekend—which one may or may not have been indulging in some hamburgers out on Friday night then coming home to dig in to some Ben & Jerry's ice cream on the couch (what's more American, right?).

When we woke up Saturday, it was the first weekend in quite some time we weren't booking it out the door to catch a flight. It was refreshing to just lay there knowing there was nothing urgent to get done. We let the day just beautiful slip away with relaxation and enjoying each others company.

Sunday, we were itching to get out to have our own little summer outing in the city. We found ourselves on Carnaby Street taking in each corner and the little touches all around. And as we walked, we passed by a group of girls chatting with one proclaiming, "I wish I were an American. It seems like so much fun." We both turned to each other and winked. That's right.

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We ended our time in Soho in the square before feeling drawn towards the river. We miss being in a city that's right on the coast. In Boston, we were a five minute walk to the salty air. We could hop on a ferry and be on an island in 15-20 minutes. It was special to us so when we realized we were only a 15 minute walk away from the Thames, it was clear where we were heading next. As we approached we strolled through Victoria Embankment Gardens. Just as we turned the corner to enter the gardens a burst of music came our way and we soon realized it was a little 4th of July concert. We popped in and enjoyed the tunes for awhile before crossing the River to South Bank.

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Little did we know that South Bank would be buzzing so much since we hadn't been back to the area since our visit to London back in March 2014. We got there at the perfect time to enjoy some street food and drinks as we wandered around the Festival of Love (happening all summer long). There was live music, street performers, and people just having a good time hanging out.

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We walked along the river for awhile before hopping back on a bus home. Every time we explore a new inch of this city, we get more excited that we are here for the next few years. London has so much to offer and we can't wait to really take it in this summer!