Posts Tagged London
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.
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.
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!
A pretty great way to wrap up my “tourist time” in London, I reckon!
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.
Directly across the street from Buckingham Palace is St. James Park, so decided to stroll through on the way to my next destination.
After that, there was just enough time to get through Westminster Abbey. Again, no pictures were allowed inside, so another outside shot for you.
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 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.
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.
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.
I also walked past the Wellington Arch on my way back from Kensington Palace…
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…
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…
After that there was just enough time for the London Eye and an evening stroll through Piccadilly Circus…