Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

Flag of United Kingdom  , England,
Monday, June 11, 2012

London is our next stop! It is also a layover, but it is for 2 days and we did a lot of stuff. But here was my first impression of London: Very cold, very rainy and very dreary. Which was very true, it was in the 40s and 50s for temperature (fareinheight), it was raining and the sky was very gray and covered in smog. It did look very polished though (probably cleaning up for the olympics), and the attractions we went to were amazing. I thought it was cool that the cars drove on the left side of the road and the drivers side was on the right side of the car (good thing my mom decided not to rent a car). I also loved hearing everyone talk in a British accent. The subways (they call it the underground or the tube) got so packed, people were standing body-to-body. The door almost closed on me once because I couldn't fit all the way in the subway! It was really weird that you had to pay to use the public bathrooms too. The city was also filled with big red double-decker busses and bright red telephone booths. All of the buildings were really old-looking and cool. I learned that most of them are older than America. We saw Big Ben, St. Paul's cathedral, rode on the London Eye and we went to the Tower of London. We rode around on tour busses to get from place to place (and took the underground). We also spent a few hours looking for the alley where Harry Potter was filmed (diagon alley) and the sweet shop, but no one seemed to know where it was. We found out later there's actually a set for it, and it wasn't anywhere near where we were looking. There were a lot of alleys though, filled with tons of little shops and libraries. The London Eye was huge and it didn't stop for you to get on. It went really slow though. The Tower of London is a castle, and it was really cool to go into all of the towers where they kept prisoners..and also see all of the crowns from the past kings and queens. I think London was an amazing place to visit and it had tons of cool attractions.
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