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St. Paul's Cathedral

Wow!  Talk about an amazing city!  The train from Wales pulled into one of the many train stations in the city, and it was a challenge not to be overwhelmed!  I had done as much research as I could, but I had no idea there were many train stations, lots of metro routes, etc.  Needless to say, it didn't take long to figure things out.  I got to Victoria station and walked to my hostel, which was nearby.   I was close to the Thames and Westminster.  After checking in as quickly as I could, I headed out into the city!

Trying to follow the walking tour outlined in my guide book, I took the underground out to St. Paul's Cathedral.  Beautiful from the outside, awe-inspiring from within!  I could not believe how big some of these old churches/cathedrals are!  How did these people make them?  I then took the stairs up to the dome and got my first great view of the city!  To see the London Eye, the Tower Bridge.

London skyline (from St. Paul's Cathedral)
..and to finally see this city with my own eyes!

I was so fascinated with the city that I could have just wandered the streets all day, but I also wanted to see more sites!  I walked from St. Paul's to the Thames and crossed at the Millenium Bridge, built at the turn of the millenium.  It's a pedestrian bridge, so there's no worry about cars.  I could stop and look around and not be in the way.

I walked the promenade along the Thames river, and took some shots of the Parliament building and Big Ben in the distance.  On the walk, there were several "characters" who were painted and costumed and standing perfectly lifeless.  They were fun to watch, and if you gave them some change, they would do a little something.  I checked out the London Eye, but I just couldn't afford the 20-something pounds to ride it.

Parliament and Big Ben
  That was my budget for the whole day.

Crossing back over the Thames in Westminster Bridge, I stood near the much-larger-than-it-looks Big Ben.  Westminster Abbey must have been closed this day, because I don't have any pictures of it here.  I took the metro over to Covent Gardens, which is a big market area.  There are lots of shops in this area, and also many outdoor performances.  We saw lots of stuff from dancing to magic.

The next stop, nearby, was Leicester square.  I'm not sure what to call this area.  In the square, there are like 5 movie theaters.  (Oh, I should type in British...theatres).  There are also tons of people painting and showing art.  I then went and checked out Soho and Picadilly Circus, because it has a neat name.

Trafalger Square
  My tour guide (which was myself) then took me toward Buckingham Palace.  I walked the main road, making a stop near the Prince's estate.  They wouldn't let me anywhere near it.  I took a walk through the big park there and headed for Trafalger Square.  This seemed to be the hang out for all the cool kids.

After getting some information, I found out which stop of the underground took me the closest to Abbey Road.  I got out there before the sun set and took some shots.  The evening took me back out by St. Paul's where I started the day.  I found London Bridge (plain as it is) and tried to take some shots of the tower bridge at night.  Very tired, I headed back to the hostel and went to sleep!

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St. Pauls Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral
London skyline (from St. Pauls Ca…
London skyline (from St. Paul's C…
Parliament and Big Ben
Parliament and Big Ben
Trafalger Square
Trafalger Square
Entering Trafalger Square
Entering Trafalger Square
Abbey Road
Abbey Road
Tower Bridge at night
Tower Bridge at night
London Bridge sign
London Bridge sign
Inside St. Pauls Cathedral
Inside St. Paul's Cathedral
My ride home that night
My ride home that night
Inside St. Pauls Cathedral
Inside St. Paul's Cathedral
Inside St. Pauls Cathedral
Inside St. Paul's Cathedral
Double-decker buses
Double-decker buses
Statue.  Or is it?
Statue. Or is it?
Statue.  Or is it?
Statue. Or is it?
London Eye
London Eye
Big Ben
Big Ben
Covent Garden
Covent Garden
Soho/Picadilly Circus
Soho/Picadilly Circus
Parliament and Big Ben
Parliament and Big Ben
The Mall - Leads to Buckingham P…
"The Mall" - Leads to Buckingham …
Where the buildings curve!
Where the buildings curve!
London skyline (from St. Pauls Ca…
London skyline (from St. Paul's C…
London skyline (from St. Pauls Ca…
London skyline (from St. Paul's C…
Millenium Bridge and St. Pauls Ca…
Millenium Bridge and St. Paul's C…
London Eye
London Eye
Covent Garden area
Covent Garden area
Leicester Square
Leicester Square
The Princes residence
The Prince's residence
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