Tuesday, July 15, 2014

London, Part 1

Greetings, friends! I've thought about how I'll share the experience, and the plan is this: as London was five days total, I'll split the post into three.  Day trips to Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Dover, and Southend on Sea will show up in separate posts.  I will also devote one entire post to food. (I took 250 pictures, but I won't subject you to them all...) Basically, secure your tray and seat in an upright position - your flight is about to begin!



Above: views from the London Eye
Below: the Aquariam and London Eye

Westminster Abbey (We did the full tour, but no pictures allowed inside. Inside holds the tombs of so many historical figures, including Queen Elizabeth I. The audio tour is narrated by Jeremy Irons!)
 Jewel Tower
 What is the Jewel Tower?
 Again, no photos allowed but an incredible tour of the underground headquarters during WWII:
Buckingham Palace:

Tower Bridge

See you tomorrow with London, Part 2!

11 comments:

  1. The new camera takes gorgeous pics. I want to see your hotel, your meals on the flights and what you bought to bring home.

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    1. WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THAT BEFORE?! ;) I think I photographed a few of the hotels, I actually didn't do the in flight meals (I failed to request vegan option far enough in advance - also, don't fly Air Canada. Ever.), and I will photograph my gift to myself. I am going to tell you where I stayed and give a full review of each place. I really should get a TripAdvisor account.

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    2. I guess you got s good deal flying via Air Canada?

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  2. Yay!!!!!! I'm so excited to read about your trip and see your amazing pictures! The views from the London Eye are so gorgeous and the tours sound so interesting! I'd love to take that tour of the underground headquarters, that sounds so incredibly exciting and interesting! Tower Bridge is so pretty too. I am so excited to see the rest of your pictures.

    Random thought: Did you know there is something called "Foamhenge" here on the east coast? It is a replica of Stonehenge that is made completely of foam. I'm not going to lie, I find that extremely hilarious :) Can't wait to see your Stonehenge pics, I remember there being a very creepy vibe in that area when I went!

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    1. Ha ha! How funny about the foamhenge! I did not know! I have quite a few from Stonehenge, you'll see them soon!

      I think I have the exact same pictures from the London Eye when I was last there years ago. It's funny how comforting it is to have things stay somewhat the same! Did you go when you visited?

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  3. Ya camera done good.
    What a cool looking city. I hope it didn't rain; the sky looks heavy.

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    1. Um, yes. Lots and lots of rain. Stonehenge was a torrential downpour. 60 degrees most days, with the exception of the very last day 80s and humid.

      Thank you! I'm still sifting through the photos for the best ones!

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  4. The weather's been lovely the last few days, I promise! It's like 30 degrees C today. Still, London does look good from the views (natural bias kicking in!) I keep meaning to go to the War Rooms too (I'm such a bad Londoner!) I love the story that Churchill drank a pint of champagne a day 'for his health'!

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    1. Oh, I believe it - our last day, I got sunburned pretty badly! Ha ha! It was just the rest of the time that it was cool, which I don't really mind. :) Get the London Pass for a day, and shove in the sights you've been meaning to see - absolutely worth it! There is a whole Churchill museum inside, and it features a lot of artifacts from his life, very well done.

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  5. It looks like you had a great trip! Great photos all around (I'm guessing you're enjoying the new camera?). I know how hard it can be to sort through the photos after a vacation. It can be overwhelming! Really beautiful buildings and the weather looks typical of London. :)

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    1. I'd do most of it all over again! Ha ha! There were some serious hiccups, but outside of those - it was great fun. I am loving the camera, even though I can say these are not my best work. I need to work on my "in the moment" shots, as I only get good ones when I take my time. Thank you!

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