Tour of London, in a day

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Tower Bridge

Today I had a bit of a late start due to a late night with some folks from my hostel.  It was a fun night but not a fun headache.  I mailed off some souvenirs today, which cost me a horrible 30 bucks, and then paid another horrible 44 bucks to ride the hop on/off bus today, but it included a cruise on the River Thames. 

My first stop off was near Big Ben/Houses of Parliament, mostly because a group of war protestors caught my attention.  so I jumped off to check it out.  They were standing outside Downing Street waiting for Tony Blair to leave, who had just resigned, and I caught a glimpse of his motorcade, and then they were awaiting the arrival of the new Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which according to their signs was not any more welcomed. 

After that I toured over to the Tower Bridge/Tower of London, grabbed a coffee and sat looking over the river.

Big Ben
  The sun was peaking out and it felt nice just to people watch.  Everything is so spendy to get into, so I basically just saw the outside of things today, refusing to pay the ridiculous entrance fees.  I then jumped on the river cruise, which I really enjoyed and took that back to Big Ben and grabbed the bus again, touring the rest of the route around near Buckingham and Kesington Palaces, Harrods and so forth.  I met a high school teacher from TX who was touring for the day as well and just also happens to be catching a flight to Italy tomorrow. 

Unfortunately my flight leaves at 1025 tomorrow out of Heathrow, which means an arrival time of about 7 a.m., which means getting on the tube at 5:30...so off to bed for me.

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Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Big Ben
Big Ben
Parliament
Parliament
Globe Theatre
Globe Theatre
Protest outside Downing Street
Protest outside Downing Street
View from Thames
View from Thames
London
photo by: ulysses