Right Royal London
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After sleeping very badly the night before I finally got to sleep at 6 and slept through until ~9:30. Changing of time zones is starting to have an impact and we were both very slow to start the day. Found a dodgy place for breakfast but wasn’t too bad at 8 quid for both of us (well I don’t think it was that bad?). Anyway, had a quick breakfast and caught the tube out to Buckingham Palace.
We were lucky enough to get to the Palace to witness the changing of the guards, which runs daily at 10:30 each morning. Talk about pomp and ceremony! Over 45 minutes this went for and we bailed after they had changed over 2 guards (When 4 guards were present as Her Majesty was in residence). So after watching some plonker push his way through to the front of the crowd (it was 6 deep at the gates) he proceeded to setup his oversized camera and begin to film the whole show - what a hide! Yet nobody said anything, that’s what I found more amusing :) I digress, whilst there was a fair amount of pageantry it was still enjoyable as we were after all tourists, but fancy having to do that every day! It’s not like home, rock in setup the laptop and go for a coffee - noooooo, it’s 45 minutes for these poor chaps before they can clock off, I’m halfway home by that stage :)
After watching the show we decided to walk down to Westminster Abbey through St James Park (very pretty!).
After having some lunch and walking around a lot more we decided to go aboard the London Eye and see what London looks like from the sky, not that good to be honest with you :) It’s not that high density and as the day was quite overcast (actually I’m being polite, it was raining) not much stood out (except for St Pauls Cathedral) in the skyline; we realised that London is best experienced walking the tiny cobblestone streets.
As an aside, we were both quite surprised to see the events in NYC, the gas explosion at Grand Central Station. It literally happened just up the road from where we were staying so from a selfish point of view, I’m glad that we weren’t in the city when it happened.