Group shot - Buckingham Palace
Well, today was our BIG day in London
and boy, was it big! We had the enormous undertaking of seeing the majority of the city's tourist-y and popular sights in one swoop and we sure did our best to do just that. The day started out at a decent hour as we headed over to the Buckingham Palace
area to see the changing of the guard. We used the underground system, which is very tourist friendly and easy to navigate around the city. The weather was slightly overcast this morning, so we were a little disappointed about that. We got to Buckingham Palace and I was amazed at the size and stature of the building.
We got some great group shots and then waited close to the gate for the ceremony. It turns out that they weren't doing it until tomorrow, so we walked away after 45 minutes of waiting! Oh well...Our next stop was Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Once again, I was almost in a dreamlike state of denial that we were actually standing in front of these buildings. The sun started to shine right as we came up to them and their true beauty shone. We spent a good amount of time there taking pictures and soaking it in. We grabbed some quick lunch and then headed along the river toward the Tate Modern museum, where we saw a cool exhibition about growth and effects of cities around the world. I got what I thought was an ice cream cone, but it was more like I was eating whip cream...don't get one if you're there. After that, we walked along the Thames toward Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Gherkin building and St Pauls Cathedral. All in all, we walked around 8 miles or so today...i think the most I've ever walked in a day before! We headed back to our hostel, tired and weary...but I felt that we had a very efficient and productive day of sightseeing. Tomorrow we'll probably head toward the British Museum for half the day and try to catch the sights during the night as well...