Tuesday, October 27, 2009

London, Uk

Our next destination naturally had to be London. Unfortunately, we spent the least amount of days there when it was the city we could have used the most time in. When I asked the passport officer if London was doable in 3 days, he reported back to me that it takes a lifetime to see London. After being there, I understand. We really only had 2.5 days because our flight didn't get in until the afternoon so there was no jet-lag resting period. We landed, went to the hotel, showered and were out the door. Our first destination was a stroll through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

We of course had to see the Tower of London. Many people told me to watch "The Other Boleyn Girl" before going and as disturbing as it was, I'm glad we did. However as we walked around and there were paintings of the real Henry, I was disgusted. I just pretended it was actually Eric Bana. But let me say England is a very rich country...the Crown Jewels were RiDiCuLoUs!!! I was in heaven looking at all those sparklies!! And if you ever go there the BEST fish and chips were at the Tower!!!!!!!

Here we are at the British Museum. We were only there for 1.5 hours before it closed, basically enough to see the highlights, the Rosetta Stone being one of them. And yes, they had stools you could carry around and sit and look at the exhibits. And of course Joe did.

Other places we hit: Changing of the Guard (I really want one of those hats!) and Piccadilly Circus.

Pretty.

Mind The Gap

This is St. Paul's Cathedral. I didn't plan on climbing a gazillion stairs like all the other Cathedrals in Europe we've seen, but this one was actually included in the (expensive) price so we did. I utilized my time up there though, looking out to the places I wanted to see but knew we wouldn't have time.

Westminster Abbey. My favorite of this trip. It really is GORGEOUS.

Parliament and Big Ben as seen from the London Eye. Absolutely Phenomenal.

And that pretty much concludes our trip. It was really short. It was enough time to get a taste of London, but not enough time to fall in love with it. It was so expensive! The city is so spread out. We were out the door by 7:30 am and came home at 10 pm each night and we were hurrying through everything (except the Abbey of course...probably why it was my favorite) just to be able to see as much as possible. We saw a lot: Hyde Park, Kensington Palace/Gardens, Peter Pan, Nottinghill, Westminster Abbey, Parliament/Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace/Changing of the Guard, Harrods, ride the Double Decker buses, British Museum, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, FISH AND CHIPS (yea!), and of course came home saying MIND THE GAP all the time.