10 days of adventure!

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My good friend and I decided to take a trip to the UK to see the sights in London, and then cross the channel to see some of the lovely parisian environment.  But of course, we had ulterior motives: the Spice Girls!
We arrived in London via San Francisco and made our way to a hostel over by Buckingham Palace.  The show was that very night in the O2 Arena, and it was quite amazing if I do say so myself.
The next day we went on the London Eye [so worth the 15 pounds so go!], Westminster Abbey, London Bridge and the Tower of London.
The real adventure started when we got lost searching the downtown area for Indian food.  We managed to stumble through Picadilly circus, Chinatown, Carnaby Street, and the Soho district.  We were more than confused, but thankfully the underground was always nearby.

The next day we went to see Buckingham Palace with the hopes of a tour.  Not so during the winter months, just so you know, so we instead caught the first changing of the guard ceremony [Dutchess of York in attendance], more Soho and a trip to Harrods before we rushed of to Paris!
The first day in Paris we climbed the Arc d'Triumph, visited Montemarte, the Moulin Rouge, and some lovely Parisian bars.  The next day we saw the Eiffle tower and hoped to see the Louvre, but just so you know, it's closed on Tuesdays, so we instead went to Versailles, took a walk along the Siene, and visited the Notre Dam.
The next day we flew out bright and early and landed in Bristol, UK.  Destination: Stonehenge, then London.  This is actually feasible.  From Bristol airport, take the bus to the train station.  Take the train to Salisbury.  From the train station, if you negotiate beforehand, you can get a taxi from the train station to Stonehenge, the driver agreed to wait for 45 minutes, and a return ride for 20 pounds.  Which, all things considered, is quite a bargain.
The next day in London, it was unfortunately raining, but we went and saw the Covent Gardens, interesting stuff.
Basically, the whole point of this is to illustrate if you just get an underground map and really utilize the tube, you can see so much of London so quickly, and for a lot less than you'd expect.

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