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Looking up the tube .... that's a long way!

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!).

Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey was very grand, the Abbey itself is over a thousand years old and is the place where some of the most significant people in England’s history are buried or commemorated. We walked through the Abbey and as it is quite large it took well over an hour to complete. It’s important to note that no photography is allowed within Westminster Abbey - so forgive the quality of my photos, I was being discreet when I took them  After the Abbey we walked up Parliament Street, past 10 Downing Street, the Horse Guards the Ministry of Defence (MOD - love the acronym!) to Trafalgar Square.

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.

Outside Westminster Abbey
We finished the London Eye hopped back onto the Tube back to Holborn before heading out to SOHO for some dinner. We found a nice pub, had a curry (Kath salad) before retiring for the evening.

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.

ezzah_fisher says:
Hey guys, great photos! Nice to read about your adventures so far...Can't wait to see you both on Tuesday and help you create some more memories to add to the collection.
xxoo
Posted on: Jul 22, 2007
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Looking up the tube .... thats a …
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Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Outside Westminster Abbey
Outside Westminster Abbey
Changing of the guards
Changing of the guards
These dudes walked over our way 5 …
These dudes walked over our way 5…
Outside Buckingham Palace
Outside Buckingham Palace
Kath at Big Ben - she was impresse…
Kath at Big Ben - she was impress…
Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill
I was impressed with its size ;)
I was impressed with it's size ;)
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
Covent Garden
Covent Garden
Art thou creative :)
Art thou creative :)
Onya Captain Cook
Onya Captain Cook
Inside Westminster Abbey
Inside Westminster Abbey
Check out that high roof!
Check out that high roof!
Beautiful stained glass windows
Beautiful stained glass windows
Inside Westminster Abbey
Inside Westminster Abbey
Storm troopers were everywhere!
Storm troopers were everywhere!
Inside the Eye looking down at Big…
Inside the Eye looking down at Bi…
Inside the Eye looking up the Tham…
Inside the Eye looking up the Tha…
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