A Typical Tourist's Day in London

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Pall Mall
It was about midday when we arrived in London.  It was so good to be back here, probably my favorite in the world outside my country - my happy place.  There was just so much to see, so many points of interest and again, the challenge is always how well you manage your time.  We both wanted to check out the British Museum among others, but that would take at least a day and we didn’t want to spend that much time in just one place.  So we decided to take things easy by doing other typical touristy thing like check out the usual must-see city landmarks.  

M had never been to London before and it was an opportunity for me to photograph these places I took for granted on my previous trips.
I just had to...
  We were lucky to be billeted in Central London where everything was easily accessible.  After unwinding at the hotel for a bit, we headed out to the nearest tube station (ooh, train stations!), and took the line to Charing Cross Road out to Trafalgar Square.  It was as busy as ever.  We made our way around to the other side and walked to Pall Mall towards Buckingham Palace.  Didn’t stay long, only long enough for a few shots and didn’t bother getting too close either as it was too crowed with tourists.  It was a pleasant day, a lot warmer than in Liverpool even when the sun was bursting out of the sky.  We took advantage and had a picnic at the park.  It was way past noon and we were hungry little kittens by then.
Big Ben
 

With enough in our stomachs to carry us through till dinner, we set for Big Ben next.  We took a leisurely stroll along Charing Cross Road where we would pass those pitiful Royal Guards.  Pitiful because of pesky tourists like me who like to poke fun at vulnerable people like them.  This is not to say that I have little or no respect for them when they’re there to protect their Queen and country.  But how they can just stand there for hours without moving and reacting to the things happening around them, and taking all the abuse from tourists and passersby, now that’s something I’d tip my hat to.  Anyway, we soon found ourselves by Downing Street where a sizeable crowd had gathered.  It was Gordon Brown's first day in office and apparently, Elton John was on his way to deliver champagne.  Hoo-hah!  We didn't bother waiting for a glimpse of Mr. Celebrity and moved right along. 

Down the street was Big Ben finally.  We made it all the way down to the House of Parliament until both M's and my cameras decided to call it a day.  What a bummer it was, forgetting to bring an extra battery, and there was still St. Paul's Cathedral to cover!  It was just as well as it had been a long day, so we decided to head back to the hotel and rest up for another long one ahead of us.

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Pall Mall
Pall Mall
I just had to...
I just had to...
Big Ben
Big Ben
Approaching Heathrow
Approaching Heathrow
Ay Charing!
Ay Charing!
Tube mural
Tube mural
And a brief history
And a brief history
Pall Mall
Pall Mall
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
With a Royal Guard
With a Royal Guard
Har har har
Har har har
Nice one.
Nice one.
At No.10
At No.10
It was Gordon Browns first day
It was Gordon Brown's first day
Big Bentot
Big Bentot
House of Parliament
House of Parliament
London
photo by: ulysses