London - Day 2

Trip Start Jun 16, 2011
Trip End Jul 28, 2011

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Enjoyed a hearty buffet breakfast at the Hotel and started out for an early walk in Hyde Park. Saw some squirrels, viewed Kensington Palace and then walked back to the Hotel. 

We headed out for the city centre to take a boat cruise down the Thames River. It was a two hour trip full of interesting facts and sites to see. We went down the river as far as Greenwich (famous for Greenwich Mean Time) and then travelled back up the river back to the Houses of Parliament. 

We were lucky enough to see the Tower Bridge open up (apparently it only opens up a few times each month these days). We also viewed the Tower of London (including the Traitor's Gate where enemies of the country were brought to be hung, including William of Wallace who was hung, drawn and quartered here).

We also seen the Earl of Whitby Pub, Britain's oldest Pub, The Mayflower Pub where the Mayflower set sail for the United States, and the East End pubs where drunks were gang pressed into the Navy. 

After the boat cruise, we visited Westminster Abbey where William and Kate were recently married. We looked at the Houses of Parliament, then walked through Trafalgar Square, seeing Nelson's Column. After that we walked through Kensington Park to Buckingham Palace.

Whilst walking around London's West End Theatre district, we checked out the various theatre shows on offer, and bought tickets for tonight for Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. It was a great production and one of the highlights of our visit to London.    

That was a big day of walking and Kim's feet are blistered.

Jim and Kim

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