Day 2 of Sightseeing
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January 5th, 2008 – by: cpentland
Past Buckingham, as we continued towards the Mall, we were side-tracked by the show of the Horse Guards, which I hadn't seen before. It was a very elegant - and seemingly quite traditional - show of royal pagentry. Continuing on, we came to Trafalgar Square, which is always a fun place to see! Heather and Elia, two of my classmates, attempted to climb on the lions in the square but couldn't quite make it.
We did a VERY quick tour of the National Gallery, which is a beautiful art museum that contains some of the most spectacular paintings in Europe. We had a strict plan that would get us in-and-out in 30 minutes - Botticelli, Leonardo, Rembrandt, Turner, van Gogh, Monet - we checked them all out, and for someone who doesn't care much for spending time in museums, it was worth it!
Then it was on to lunch in a cute pub near Parliament and a tour of Westminster. I do love to tour the great cathedrals, so I was happy to return to Westminster. It is beautiful!
We had a fun night, starting with a nice nighttime stroll through the most vibrant parts of London. We began in Picadilly Circus and walked through Leicester Square and on to Covent Garden.
After dinner, we headed to my absolute favorite haunt in London - Gordon's Wine Bar (47 Villiers St, near Charing Cross tube stop, off of the Strand). It's fun place to grab a few bottles of wine with friends, and has tons of history. It might be one of the oldest wine bars in London (1890) and the interior is pretty funky. Half of the underground bar looks like a very old bar - the other half is literally cellar-like, with low stone ceilings, candles, etc. The pictures look cool, but it is a must-see if you're a wine drinker in London!
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