Wednesday, March 28, 2007

More London!

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

First layout of our trip!

Here's the first layout of what I'm sure is going to be of many more to come!

Monday, March 19, 2007

London (Part 3)

Wednesday March 14:
Today we went back to Westminster Abbey to go inside and look around at all the tombs that are in there.
Unfortunately they do not allow photography indoors. But there were some really big tombs in there for all the past kings and queens that were burried in there. That's also the place where they have weddings and funerals for royalty. That's where the Queen Mum had her funeral about 5 years ago, and where Princess Diana and Prince Charles were wed years ago.
From the Abbey, we went to the British Museum and looked around.

We ended the day by going the that Hard Rock Cafe. It's the first one to open in all of the chains! It was such a small place, and had to wait forever to get in, but it was well worth it - the food was great!

Thursday March 15:

We started the day by going to Harrod's department store, and got lots of gifts for some of our family members and everything.

Then we went back to Picadilly Circus to take some pictures. It's considered NYC for London.
From there, we took a double decker tour bus around the city for 2.5 hours. Some of the scenes we had seen before, but not everything. And also, we got to hear all the history behind somethings as well.
And that was basically it!
We went back to the hotel and took it easy on our last night, as we were exhausted from doing everything in the past few days.
If you wanna know anything else about my trip - or see more pics - just let me know!

London (Part 2)

Monday March 12:
We started the day by going to the Tower of London. There, we walked around the courtyard and everything, and had a tour by one of the guards that live there.
We also got to see the crown jewels that are in the center there. Too bad they don't allow photography though in there. There were a lot of old crowns from old King's and Queen's. Some of them are very elaborate with all the jewels!

It was also in the tower, where they would behead the royalty. (Everyone else would be done outside the tower for all to see, but not royalty!) Here is a memorial they had to all the royalty that had died there.

After the tower, we went to Tower Bridge! We got to take the tour through there, but thankfully did not have to walk up the 300+ stairs, as there was an elevator.

We got to walk around between the 2 towers in the walkways and got to look out and take some great pics of the river. From there we went down the river, and took a river cruise, and got to see the sites all along the Thames River.

After the boat ride, we were by Westminster Abbey, so we figured we would at least go take some pictures of the outside, as they were already closed for the day. So we go to walk by, and there's this massive group of people with all these cops around. So John asked the cop what was happening, and he said it was some kind of holiday, and that all the heads of state basically were in there and about to come out - including the Queen! So, because it wasn't like we were pressed for time, we stood around and waited. A little over 1/2 hour later, a bunch of people came out, and near the end, there was the Queen!!

So that just made our day right then and there, because not many people can say they saw the Queen like that! So, we continued on down the street or so, and passed New Scotland Yard.

And then we ended up at Buckingham Palace shortly after the Queen had arrived home.

We ended the day by going on the London Eye. Not so great pictures taken during the ride, as it was night time and really thick glass. But this is the constantly moves at around 1/2 mile and hour, and makes one full rotation every 1/2 hour.

Tuesday March 13:
So we basically picked up where we left off, and went back to Buckigham Palace to see the changing of the guard. Because it's the winter time, they only do it every other day. So, because we had read to get there early, we were there about 3 hours before they started. And thankfully we did, as we got to stand right at the street line, and nobody was in front of us!

In one of the carriages at the end, was the Queen again - so we got to see her twice in 2 days! So cool!

From there, we went to Madame Tussands Wax Museum, and got to hang out with all the wax celebrities!

Very cool place to go and to see a bunch of different celebrities!

After that we, took a really long walk through the park to get to the London Zoo. Thanfully we got there right before they stopped admitting people. So it was quite desterted, as most kids had gone home for the day - so we got to look around easier then we probably would have. They had a lot of birds there, and lots of animals that you wouldn't see in the states. Like wild dogs!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

It's London!! (part 1)

Saturday March 10:

Well, John and I wake up, and get dressed, and making sure we have everything for our trip. John goes to clean his glasses (like he does everyday) and what happens? They break right in the bridge! Clean break, but such a small bridge in between the lenses, that taping doesn't seem to work, nor does super glue! So....needless to say...John went the whole week without his glasses! Thankfully he did pretty well! Thankfully he doesn't need them for distance - just to clear things up.

Anyways...we get to the airport, get on the plane, just about to take off...and the radar goes down. For 45 mins we were stuck on the runway because we couldn't take off without radar! Anyways...we get up off the air, make it to NY no problems. Walk around the airport, get on the next flight. Get on the next flight, pull away from the gate, and then the captain comes on saying that we're number 47 to take off. We had some time to kill. So an extra hour on runway, but then we were finally on our way!

Sunday March 11:

Get to London!!! Woo Hoo!! Made it through customs and everything make it on the express train into the city, had a lil problem as our underground train to our station was closed for the weekend, so we had to go around and figure that all out, but thankfully that didn't take us too much longer. Made it to the hotel, and passed out for a few hours, as we both didn't get much sleep on the plane.

Decided to head to the London Aquarium, and at least get something seen for the day!

We came out of the Aquarium at sunset, and took a few good pics of Big Ben. Did you know that the tower that we see when we talk about Big Ben isn't Big Ben? It's acutally the bell inside that is called Big Ben. And there's 4 smaller bells around Ben that strike at every 15 mins, and every hour Big Ben chimes!

Was there for awhile, and then we went to Planet Hollywood for dinner. There was a lot of bdays there that night! Saw Picadilly Square at night - but didn't take any real pictures, but then came back to the hotel and passed out!