A busy day in London

Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
Trip End Dec 30, 2012

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Busy says it all about today, I am actually surprised of how much we fitted in.

For a start we had breakfast and yes this meant I had to get out of bed, which is getting harder and harder as my European odyssey continues. Then on to the serious business of sightseeing.

1) Big Ben.
As I emerged from Westminster tube station there he was bigger and wider than I thought, pictures were taken and the clock struck ten which was promptly recorded. (video).

2) Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
Only a brief glance but I guess that counts too.

3) The Cabinet War Rooms.
This is where Churchill made decisions that would save the world.

4) The Foreign Office.
Here, papa told me of his three week stint as a barman in the pub that is actually in this department. From there we could see Nr 10 Downing Street straight through the courtyard.

5) Number 10 Downing Street.
The street is fenced off so you can't see a thing but I already had a peak and walked past the other tourist stretching their necks.

6) Whitehall and the Lifeguards.
I loved this, the horses are beautiful and I got really close, suddenly the horse lent over and kissed me. We walked to the other side and witnessed the changing of the guards. (Video) Nowadays there is a museum in Whitehall and we went in. The receptionist told us to go straight in and watch the guards dismount and groom their horses. This is a unique experience as only a sheet of glass separates you from the guards and their horses. Definitely the highlight of the day.

7) Trafalgar Square.
Nelson appeared as we exited Admiralty Arch and the lions of Trafalgar Square were just so impressive I had to climb one. That was fun.

8) The National Gallery.
Free, so why not go in and I'd have to say I'm glad I did as it made my papa very happy. I learnt a lot from this visit. Rembrandt's and Van Gogh's under one roof.
After this we went to Leicester Square for lunch.

9) Buckingham Palace.
As we walked through Green Park the grey squirrels played at our feet and we got to the palace only to find that the Queen stood us up! She was not home according to the flag on top, and in winter the changing of the guards is every second day so not much doing there.

10) The Natural History Museum.
Darwin is my favourite Australian so I was shocked to learn that he was English. I love animals and everything about them so this museum (planned for tomorrow) was a must. Yes I'm impressed with the building and there was a lot of stuff on display but it was not as nice as the Paris Grand Gallery d'Evolution. Still I had a good time.

After this we went back to the hotel and relaxed. Tomorrow we will surely be able to fill the day as this town is full of things to see and do.
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Congratulations on your blog, Dawn. What a great idea! Looking forward to reading more about your adventures. See you soon in sunny Brisbane.

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