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London, again.

Recently spent a little more time in London. This time around I wasn’t rushed around visiting the tourist sites, as I covered all those three years ago. If you haven’t seen the posts I made from when I was here before, what are you waiting for? (if you are on the “full version” of my website, there is a drop down list on the right that says “Blast from the past” select July and/or august 2011.

This visit was much more relaxed, if London can be relaxed. Spent most of my days wandering aimlessly around, finding all kinds of experiences waiting for me, see my instagram. London is really an amazing city, in the diversity of its people and all the things to see and do. I am not sure even an entire lifetime would be enough to take it all in.

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Last full day in London

The Tower of London

Today was my last full day in London, as I head off tomorrow to prepare for my training which starts Monday. I saved some of the best things to do for last. I started off the day with a couple new friends over breakfast at a local pub. Then I moved on to the Tower of London. It was a very busy day there with a lot of people filling the entire place up. I did get a peek at the Crown Jewels, and saw where the bodies of the two princes were found, and had a Yeomen Warder (Beefeater) tour of the grounds before making the very short walk over to Tower Bridge. After walking the entire length of the bridge, I went to the exhibition, which the highlight of that was being able to walk along the top between the two towers of the bridge, and see some amazing views of that side of London.

Upon completion of the exhibition, I went on a river cruise up to Greenwich, where the Royal Observatory is located. It was a bit later in the day at this point, so I wasn’t able to go in. I did however get to stand on time line just outside, which is where Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) starts. Atop of the observatory there is a red ball that rises just in time to fall at 1PM each day, I got a nice picture of it poking out from the top of the building to share with you.

The Royal Observatory

After a short stroll through town there, I headed back on the river cruise. On the way back I was able to see the Tower Bridge open, that only happens about ten times a week now, as opposed to more that one hundred times a week over a century ago!

The Tower Bridge (Open)

A pretty great way to wrap up my “tourist time” in London, I reckon!

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Busy, Busy, Busy.

I have been running myself crazy, so much so that yesterday I over slept. I started the day with a tour of the state rooms of Buckingham Palace. It was absolutely incredible to see the rooms that welcome and host “important people” from all over the world. of course no pictures were allowed inside the palace so this one will have to do.

The front of Buckingham Palace

Directly across the street from Buckingham Palace is St. James Park, so decided to stroll through on the way to my next destination.

a view from St. James Park

After that, there was just enough time to get through Westminster Abbey. Again, no pictures were allowed  inside, so another outside shot for you.

Westminster Abbey

Today was the first rainy day since I arrived. I went to Hampton Court Palace, which turns out takes a whole day to get through, and as a result everything else today got removed from my itinerary.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace was truly an unforgettable experience, and like I said, if you ever have the chance to go do, just don’t plan much else that day.

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Here and there

Today was a day of walking all around with out a real destination. The only thing I had Planned was to go to see Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. I was completely blown away at how good it was! The only version I had ever seen was the movie that was made a few years ago, which I thought was horrible, the guys voice totally ruined it for me (in the movie). The show was far better than I could have ever expected.

Phantom @ intermission

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A Royal day.

Today included a visit to Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace. The latter is currently under refurbishment, but has a “special” thing going on currently, it was a bit of a disappointment, but still got to see some of the rooms and a few artifacts.

The Windsor Tower

A ceiling mural at Kensington Palace

The “temporary” wall around Kensington Palace.

I also walked past the Wellington Arch on my way back from Kensington Palace…

The Wellington Arch

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Another full day

Went to the London Zoo to start out. It is a great zoo with an amazing amount of foliage, and has a great layout. Here are a few pictures…

@ London Zoo

@ London Zoo

After that, I walked through the park that surrounds the zoo. The park is called Regents Park and it contains a garden called Queen Mary’s Gardens. I got a little carried away with pictures there but here’s a few for you to enjoy…

One of the main paths in Regents Park

Inside Queen Mary’s Garden

Fountain in Queen Mary’s Garden

Another from Queen Mary’s Garden

After that there was just enough time for the London Eye and an evening stroll through Piccadilly Circus…

from the London Eye

Piccadilly Circus

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KEEP LEFT……Except on the escalators???

Greetings from London! Had quite the eventful day yesterday, it was a beautiful sunny day here and the locals were complaining it was hot, but was only maybe 75 degrees. In the US everything is to the right, looking for traffic, walking direction etc. It’s all opposite except standing on the escalators, which is very confusing, just when I get used to being on the left, I end up on the escalator for the tube/underground, which has signs saying keep right to stand. as I was getting to the end of my day, I wished I had a pedometer to see how much walking I did, it was about 12 hours straight through, minus, one stop for coffee, and two tube trips, totaling maybe 90 minutes altogether. I have learned a new threshold for foot pain. Also, a few different locals I spoke with said I had packed 3-5 days worth of activities into my day.

I started the day at Portobello Road Market, which was a fantastic flea market of sorts, guessing a mile long. Packed full of booths selling food, clothes, and antiques, and a ton of people. The Antiques are amazing compared to what I am used to seeing, MUCH older things to look at, books, clocks, etc.

Portobello Road

After that I went to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, to see the Princess Diana Memorial fountain, at which point my feet were already complaining. I walked around the whole area, seeing the Peter Pan statue, Albert memorial, and finally got to the fountain The water in the fountain was freezing cold, and I put my feet until they were numb, it was amazing.

Albert Memorial

Peter Pan Statue

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

Last stop was Hampstead Heath and Golders Hill Park, which was by far the day’s biggest undertaking. starting at the bottom of Hampstead Heath, it was all up hill to Golders Hill Park. but the reward was worth the effort…

From atop Hampstead Heath

I love being in london, so many different things to do and see. The people are more diverse than anywhere else I have been. I’ll leave you with pics from Golders Hill Park.

a statue in Golders Hill Park

Garden Path

Golders Hill Park path

GHP Water Garden

 

 

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Hello world, goodbye USA!

My life is changing directions, once again, so I decided to create a blog to share and document it. I have never been much of a writer, so we’ll see how this goes.

At the present time I am 20 days from leaving my home country for the first time since I was eleven. I have accepted a position with a spa company that provides most of the cruise ship companies with their staff for the salons/spas onboard. To start out I will be heading to london for training, which lasts 3-8 weeks depending on when they feel I am ready to go. This training starts on August 8th. I arrive in london on July 28th and have 9 days to fit in as much of london as I can prior to training. This promises to be an eventful time as I have a lot of things planned out for the whole week. Stay tuned…

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