First day in London, first day in Europe!

London Travel Blog

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The London Eye
After a good flight I finally arrived in London town, 6:45 AM local time. For some reason I did not feel very jet lagged, I just felt like the night was very short, lol. The first thing I noticed as soon as I arrived into Heathrow was the Sikh guys greeting you before immigration. Did I arrive in England or India? Lol. Immigration was ok, but I was asked more questions that I usually am in the United States. From there I joined the famed London tube heading towards my buddy Karl's place. I had no problem to get there, he greated me with tea and we chatted a bit. After a shower and relaxing, we went for my first ever walking tour of London.

I knew I would like London, but I think I found it even more impressive than I thought. We crossed the Thames river, took shots in front of Westminster Castle and the London Eye.
Trafalgar square
I had no idea the Thames was so wide... for some reason I pictured to be thinner from pictures I had seen. We were lucky to hear Big Ben give some chime and ringing 12 times for noon. We walked all around Westminster and the Church nearby and then we headed to Trafalgar, London main square, as Karl explained me. We had some fish and chips for lunch (I had to) and even though the taste is pretty flavorless for a mexican guy's mouth, I enjoyed it. We then walked through some of London's busiest streets and headed towards Buckingham.

This was probably one of the areas of the city that I liked the most. Nothing can be compared to the magnificence of that palace. I took a few shots of the Queen Victoria memorial I had seen only in books. We then visited Wellington's memorial and took a little break.
Harrods - London's fanciest shop


Karl also showed me Harrods, London's fanciest shopping mall. After walking around a bit, I decided it was a bit "too expensive" for me to buy anything and we resumed walking towards Hyde Park. Karl explained that it is probably a little bit larger than Central Park in NYC, and also with more open space. We lied on the grass and chatted for a bit. I needed to catch my breath after such a long walk. The rest was lovely and we then visited Prince Albert's memorial and Lady Di's quarters before going to a pub and have some beer.

It was an absolutely great day in London, I think I saw much more than I thought I could see in such a short time. But that's because of my wonderful tour guide, travel buddy and friend Karl.
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The London Eye
The London Eye
Trafalgar square
Trafalgar square
Harrods - Londons fanciest shop
Harrods - London's fanciest shop
Thames river
Thames river
Thames river
Thames river
With Karl by Westminster Palace
With Karl by Westminster Palace
The London Eye
The London Eye
Westminster Palace
Westminster Palace
Me by Westminster Palace
Me by Westminster Palace
Thames river
Thames river
The clock tower
The clock tower
Westminster Palace
Westminster Palace
Westminster Palace
Westminster Palace
Boadicea
Boadicea
The clock tower
The clock tower
The clock tower
The clock tower
Oliver Cromnwell
Oliver Cromnwell
Westminster and a statue of Richar…
Westminster and a statue of Richa…
Westminster and a statue of Richar…
Westminster and a statue of Richa…
The entrance of her majesty the Qu…
The entrance of her majesty the Q…
Trafalgar square
Trafalgar square
Trafalgar square
Trafalgar square
Queen Victoria memorial
Queen Victoria memorial
Queen Victoria memorial
Queen Victoria memorial
Me by Queen Victorias
Me by Queen Victoria's
Queen Victorias memorial
Queen Victoria's memorial
Queen Victorias memorial
Queen Victoria's memorial
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Karl by Buckingham Palace
Karl by Buckingham Palace
Royal Coat of Arms
Royal Coat of Arms
Sir Wellington memorial
Sir Wellington memorial
Sir Wellington memorial
Sir Wellington memorial
Harrods - Londons fanciest shop
Harrods - London's fanciest shop
Hyde Park
Hyde Park
Hyde Park
Hyde Park
Prince Albert memorial
Prince Albert memorial
Prince Albert memorial
Prince Albert memorial
Prince Albert memorial - Europa
Prince Albert memorial - Europa
Prince Albert memorial - America
Prince Albert memorial - America
Prince Albert memorial - Africa
Prince Albert memorial - Africa
Lady Dis quarters
Lady Di's quarters
Lady Dis quarters
Lady Di's quarters
Lady Dis quarters
Lady Di's quarters
London
photo by: ulysses