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Steph at the gates of Buckingham Palace - very cold!

From the old buildings, the huge and efficient transport network, the Royal pomp and procession to the BLOODY freezing weather, I LOVED my time and being a tourist in London. Staying with Cassie in her self-proclaimed "ghetto" in Clapham Junction, I spent the week paying the usual entry fees to the plethora of attractions, but loving it none-the-less.

On the first day, I purchased a weekly electronic bus and train ticket, known as an Oyster Card (which I loved!) We soon busted our way into London-town and landed at Trafalgar Square. We decided to give the touristy 'Big Bus' a go, and as Cassie can tell you - we raved about our hop-on, hop-off sightseeing introduction to the city. Apart from the sights, we also trekked around Harrods department store, complete with a shrine to Dianna and Dodi, pet department, and even a spa and sauna section.

Funky looking trees in side street at Portobello Road market.

Next day, I braved the tube alone (Steph was in Chelmsford, meeting her English relatives), and took in the Portobello St markets - as featured in the movie Notting Hill. I didn't see High Grant, the Book Shop or the famouse blue door, but the market was gorgeous and I made my first souveneir purchase (yes Mum, it was clothing!). Cassie and I then met up with Steph and her gang and entered the infamous and gruesome Tower of London, complete with the Crown Jewels, Bloody Tower, and scaffolding where Henry VIII liked beheading people, including wives! We then headed out for a yummy Tepinyaki dinner on Regent St.

The 2nd of April was spent at Kensington, touring the palace and Dianna exhibit and also reflecting at the Dianna memorial in the gardens.

Cassie, Steph and me outside the Tower of London!
This is where i saw my first real life squirrels, and I was soooooooo excited!!

On the 3rd of April, we caught the train out to Windsor to have high tea with the Queen, however whilst she was in residence at her second home, she must have forgotten our appointment! We toured around anyway, in our new found fascination for audio tours. It was absolutely beautiful!!! The banquet hall was stunning and I loved the knights' coat of arms on the ceiling.

On our 5th day in London, we jam-packed in as much as we could, given our time was coming to an end. Started out at Westminster Abbey, the site of every coronation since 1066, which apart from its breathtaking beauty, moved me to tears at the tribute to the unknown soldier. We then hustled over to the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, which is only every second day in the winter due to less tourist numbers, but tell that to the pushy and painful crowd I endured! The procedure was much longer and more involved than I expected, but was definitely still worth a look! Steph and I then made our way to St Paul's Cathedral in the blistering cold, and again, I was flabbergasted and inspired by the beauty and scale of it all.

My first ever Squirrel!!! Doing what they do best, at Kensington Palace!!!!
At this point, I was really frustrated by the "No Photography" rule everywhere, so I snuck a couple of pics...but then had to light a candle for forgiveness because I felt so bad!! I just didn't want to forget its astounding beauty. We then took the challenge of climbing 530 stairs to the Golden Gallery; the highest point in the dome, also the most spectacular and breathtaking view of London. It was so amazing up there! Apart from the view (and feeling like Mary Poppins), it was incredibly windy! Add to that the squishy walkway you used to get around, and the fear of dropping my camera, I wasn't up there for too long!

On the 5th of April, we turned the pace down, but I was so excited for this day as our first stop was a ride on the London Eye! Here we met the most remotely lively attraction attendants, who were very intrigued in the large amount of chocolate we were both carrying!! Jokes aside, we jumped into the moving capsule, with about 8 others, for a much more serene (and sedate) view of London.

Steph and I at Windsor Castle, on our trip to meet Lizzy (Queen Elizabeth to everyone else). She was in residence, as the yellow flag indicates!!!
After our "flight", we headed across the Thames (my first crossing by foot - very Bridget Jones-ey!) to indulge in some live London theatre - The Lion King!! Needless to say I loved it and spent the rest of the day waving my Lion King souveneir flag at everyone!

For our last day in London, we headed out to Greenwich, the home of Greenwich Mean Time, and also the Prime Meridian of the World (where all longitude is measured from)! For the afternoon, we quickly checked out the Museum of Natural History, then headed to none other than the good old "Walkabout" pub for some good Aussie tucker on our last night in beautiful London!!

The next morning marked the start of our road trip, with our brand spanking new car - the "Green Bean"!!

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My first ever Squirrel!!! Doing wh…
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The Tower Bridge at night!
The Tower Bridge at night!
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We pick up our brand-spanking new…
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