Louise's Travel Journal

French Elections

We got up bright and early after a wonderful night’s sleep. Derick is off to work and I’m ready to hit the streets.

Today is the French presidential election between incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger, Francois Holland . My exchange brother, Nick, and his family are French but they currently live near Oxford, UK. They are in London this morning to vote at the French Embassy. A wonderful coincidence!!

I took the tube to South Kensington and quite easily identified the embassy. There is an enormous French flag out front and the line of voters wrapped around the block. These people are very eager and patient about exercising their democratic rights. Nick and the family waited in line for 2 hours before they could vote. I met up with them and a group of their French friends at a cafe for brunch after they were done. We had traditional English breakfast, espressos and wonderful conversations. After breakfast Nick, Elsa, Romain, Lila and I went for a walk in Kensington Gardens.

We went in at Queen’s Gate at The Royal Albert Hall and walked north to the Italian Fountains. The cherry blossoms were in bloom and the park smelled glorious. We walked and talked for over an hour and then we found our way back to their car and I saw them off as they headed back home and I made my way back to the hotel to meet up with Derick.

After a day at the office, Derick was ready for some touristy time. We hopped the tube to Victoria Station and started walking back east toward Westminster Abby and Parliament.

We did the Thames Path Walk on the south bank and watched the street artists and the tourists. We stopped to eat at The Warf. Fish & Chips and Gin & Tonic. We pub hopped our way back to the hotel to rest our feet for a bit. Later that evening, we made our way down the street to The Liberty Bounds for meat pies and Pimms & Lemonade. We watched the French election results come in. Francois Holland is France’s next President!!!

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