People we know have asked Elizabeth about our trip to Ireland and England. To my surprise she doesn't first talk about hiking the Irish countryside, or seeing Dublin, or the Harry Potter Studio Tour. What she always shares first is meeting her pen pal in London. What they talked about, how they shared different candies in this garden, and how much fun it was to meet this new friend. This is a great reminder to me that destinations are fabulous, but it is the people that we meet along the way that truly make a place special.
The garden where we had our picnic lunch was found by our local friends and was absolutely stunning. St Dunstan in the East was originally a church built around 1100, but after the Blitz of 1941 it lay in ruin. In 1967, the city of London turned it into a public garden. The walls remain and shelter the garden from the hustle and bustle of London. I loved seeing the contrast of the arched stone windows surrounded by trees and vines. I highly recommend having a picnic lunch here after visiting the Tower of London.