Can you see what "eye" see?

Trip Start Jan 01, 2013
Trip End Jun 01, 2013

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

This morning, we were all up by 8, some easier than others, but we got ready and were out the door by 9:15… We were pretty impressed with ourselves, a group of 4 girls being almost on time!! Haha, so we made our way into the city and back to the bus tour! Jillian was with us today, so we rode the tour again most of the way (After getting our Starbucks again, of course!). It was absolutely FREEZING today, so we sat in the front part of the bus, where it was covered, shielding the wind, but where you could still see everything really well! However, this time we didn't ride the whole tour, we got off at the stop for the Tower of London. When we got to the tower we got our tickets and I was amazed! It was insane how big it was! There were funny looking guards that met us at the front gate and allowed us through into the tower. We walked through the many different parts of the tower: where the prisoners were kept, where the guards slept, where the fighting took place, where the animals were kept and so much more! It was really really cool to be in a place that was a prison, a currency mint, a shelter during war and so many other things. Throughout its life, it’s served so many purposes, it was crazy! Finally though, we made it to the room we were all really excited to see, the Crown Jewels! In the building you literally walked into the vault where the Jewels were kept. You could see the doors and locks of the vault as you walked in. There were guards and cameras everywhere and you weren’t allowed to take pictures while inside the vault. It was SOO cool. The jewels were HUGE and sooo pretty and shiny. Had I gone there when I was little, I have no doubt that my dream would be to be a princess! They also showed a video of the Coronation of the Queen which was really interesting. Then, as we continued we saw the robe and crown she wore on that day! Also, it was very interesting because some of the displays had signs on them saying that whatever was supposed to be there was "in use" by the royal family or parliament at the time. But, when you read the description, it said that these crowns, staffs, etc were made In the 1800s. It’s crazy, they are still being used!! The jewels and the crowns were incredible and I don’t even know how to describe them! They had every color imaginable and they were huge and shining in the display lights, it was soooooo amazing to look at. This was definitely my favorite part of the Tower of London. Finally, we came to the end and exited the vault. We found our way out, and headed on our way to our next adventure!

Only a few steps away from the tower we boarded a river cruise that would take us down the river back to the Westminster Pier near the London Eye. On the boat we ate our sandwiches as we passed under all of the famous bridges and were able to see all the sights from a different view. It was a lot of fun! It was also cool to have someone explain the history of these places a little differently than they did on the bus earlier. It was a different angle, and they spoke about different things which was cool J Finally, when we got to the pier, we crossed the bridge, took the touristy pictures of the eye and then finally made it to our final destination in London!! We got our tickets, stood in line and then hopped on to the biggest viewing Ferris wheel in the world! It was soo cool to be going up in the Ferris wheel, and we were on at a perfect time. As we turned out and looked over the city, the sun was beginning to set and it was absolutely gorgeous to see and watch. By the time we finished the ride, the sun had disappeared behind the buildings and was nearly gone. I can say that I watched the sunset on the London Eye, which is so incredibly cool. Another thing I learned that I had not known was that the London Eye, originally the Millennium Wheel, was only supposed to be in commission for a little while during the year 2000, but when they realized how much business it brought in, they decided to keep it! Thank goodness, because it was really really amazing and such a great way to end our trip. On our way up and down we took tons of pictures and laughed, it was such a fun time J Finally, we made it down and made our way to the train station. We took the tube to Liverpool Street where we found a restaurant (basically an American diner) for dinner. We all ate burgers and relaxed before jumping on another train to the airport and then flying back to Cork. It was a really great weekend and we all had so much fun, but it was also 1am and we were really tired... so right to bed! Thanks for a great time, London!! Trip = success! J
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