Last year we had some pretty incredible travelling experiences and I would like to share more of those from London. So alas, here is Day 2.
Looking back, Day 2 was nuts. Mostly because we packed as much as we could into this short time. This was the day to get it all in, so I had a list which was approved by the group and everyone felt we could manage the list. Ha! Be warned... this is a long post.
We met for breakfast at 08:30 and shortly after we walked to the tube. Our first stop was the Tower of London and so Tower Hill was where we were off to.
John and Tammy had been to London before, so we relied on them knowing what to do. The tube system was very user friendly, but we did hit a bit of a snag and at one point we were not sure which train to take. That's when a gentleman who overheard us talking approached and asked if we were going to the Tower, and he then advised which train to wait for. London... you are friendly, thank you very much!
We hopped off at our stop and up the stairs we went.
And the moment I had been waiting for... Hello! What a view.
I took so many photos! Who wouldn't? I loved every bit of it and wanted to spend more time. Here is a taste of what we saw...
This is the famous White Tower, the Fortress created by William the Conqueror prior to the 1100's. We did not go inside, but when I return to London, and yes, rest assured I will go back one day, I will take my time walking through.
We walked mostly along the wall and into the rooms where royalty lived and went about their day to day business.CFB Suffield. I wish I had asked him his name, but did not.
The Gherkin :)
That was it, that was all the time we had for the Tower. We then walked over to the Tower Bridge where we planned to take the boat to the London Eye, but we thought it was just a bit pricey and the tube was so easy to maneuver.
When we walked up those stairs at Westminster station, I was completely mesmerized by Big Ben, seriously mesmerized. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you already know this :) I couldn't help but take as many photos as possible of the parliamentary buildings and Big Ben, I mean really it is pretty incredible and one of London's most well known symbols. So you can imagine I tried to get the best photo possible, but traffic, joggers, pedestrians and other tourists all seemed to get in my way! I mean really, come on?!! ;)
Meanwhile, the group was waaaaayy ahead of me. This is the trouble being the one holding the camera :)
There she is, the London Eye! I could not wait to get up there and have the birds eye view.
Okay, so while we were here in the eye, I spotted Buckingham Palace. Boom! Our next stop.
Although, first things first, we enjoyed a cup of coffee and carrot cake at a bakery near the London Eye before we started to walk to Buckingham Palace. I thought I had photos of the bakery, but I don't! I must have been hungry and forgot.
I warned you, I have lots of photos of it.
On another note, can anyone tell me the kind of trees these are? This is along St. Jame's Park, Marvin enjoyed the trees, and they were all over London, but no one could tell us the name of them. They were beautiful.
After partaking in more shopping, we went to the Tea Room where we became ensconced in our seats and ordered tea, scones and clotted cream. Yum.
After we were filled with our tea room experience we took a taxi back to the hotel. It was raining at this point and we were pretty tired! Our evening was spent back at the hotel for an incredible dinner after which we retired to our rooms to rest and prepare for Day 3.
If you made it here, thanks for reading and having a look at our Day 2 in London.
There will be a Day 3 too!
Take care friends :)