Our Seventh Day in London - Christmas Day
Trip Start Dec 18, 2004
15Trip End Dec 30, 2004
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After boarding the coach, we traveled around to see Buckingham Palace first. The Queen was not in since she was spending time with her family in another part of London. Our tour guide told us that the reason why there is now barbed wire around the walls of the palace. Apparently, a homeless man hopped the wall, made his way into the palace unnoticed, and climbed in bed with the Queen. When she awoke, he asked her if she had a cigarette! He was promptly arrested and barbed wire was put up.
We also learned about Hyde Park which has a memorial to Princess Diana and a statue of Prince Albert
The tour continued up the road to Trafalgar Square where they have gorgeous fountains guarded by gigantic stone lions. At Trafalgar is The National Gallery and nearby Picadilly Circus.
We also stopped at St. Paul's Cathedral where they were holding Christmas Mass. The steeple bells were tolling, and the sound of the historical bells could be heard all across London!
Finally, we passed along Victoria Embankment driving past The Temple and King's College. Both were accented by the glint of sunlight shining from the south sky giving them a warm lighted hue.
We embarked on our journey on a lunchtime cruise down the Thames. The lunch consisted of beef stew for our antipasto, a bottle of French white wine, and a traditional British Christmas dinner of turkey of stuffing, parsnips, potatoes, and Brussel sprouts
The cruise boat turned around at Greenwich and headed back into London. We sat at the bow of the boat taking sunset photos of the silhouetted skyline and bridges. After disembarking, our tour bus dropped us all off at our hotels since the public transit does not run on Christmas Day.
Back at the hotel, we lounged back to rest a spell, and then I sat down to record our travels for the day!
Happy Christmas and good cheer to all! Sending our Love...