Day 3 London, England

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
Trip End Jul 02, 2008

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

The second day of our stay in London started with a visit to Hyde Park and the surrounding area. This included the Serpentine, the Italian Fountains, Buckhill Lodge and Speakers Corner. Marble Arch is a short walk from speakers corner. Marble Arch was disappointing, I always imagined it to be much bigger. The squirrels in the park are quite amusing as well. The Spire is also on the way to the park if you are coming from the Kensington Gardens direction.

Regents Park was splendid with masses of flowers, including roses, fountains, small bridges and lots of birds, (Bev loves ducks so she really enjoyed this park). We also managed to get to the London Beatles Store and to the Sherlock Holmes Museum which are in the area.

We then moved on to Piccadilly Circus and up The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Our timing was not very good and we just missed the changing of the guard. The beautiful palace gardens and the buzz around the palace still made this a worthwhile visit. Out next stop was at Wellington Arch passing Green Park on the way. This is quite an impressive arch which dominates a large grassed traffic island. We managed to get to the top of the arch and had good views of Green Park, the island and Apsley House.

After a short visit to Apsley House, (the former home of the Duke of Wellington), we took a train out to Wimbledon. A short walk through the quaint town brought us to the tennis complex where we were disappointed to find that we had just missed the last guided tour of the day. Still, we were able to visit the museum with its many interesting artifacts and memorabilia. 
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