2 hours after we got on the high speed Eurostar in Paris, we crossed under the English Channel into the land of the English speaking people.
|First Double Decker bus ride! Did you know that London's bus system is the Double Decker buses? Silly the things I learned. And no one told me I had a tag sticking out of the front of my scarf! Thomas!!!|
|Everyone, say hello to Big Ben. Did you know that Big Ben is the clock? Not the tower? Another little nugget learned.|
|This is so much of typical London in this picture! A Double Decker bus, Big Ben, a little bit of the Parliament building, and the London Eye in the background.|
|But I actually like this picture better. :) So you get to see them both.|
|We were able to take the self guided tour of Westminster Abbey. So much history and so many dead people buried inside of those walls. Seriously. So many.|
|Beautiful green little courtyard in the Abbey.|
|Love. Just love.|
|And Big Ben with a little Christmas tree too.|
|Big Ben and the whole Parliament.|
|Love this shot of the London Eye.|
|We were there!|
|Hello Double Decker.|
|Fish and Chips with mushy peas!! We tried mushy peas for the first time in Ireland and Thomas loved them (he hates all other peas). Thomas was a happy kid.|
|Our first full day of London started with the Tower of London. Another fun fact…. The Tower of London is actually a small walled fort not just a tower.|
|The building at the end of the cobblestone road is where all the crown jewels live.|
|The London Bridge.|
|The corner house to the left is where the Queen stays when at the Tower of London.|
|This is where the chaplain lives next to the church. Oh and there is a Beef Eater in the red. If you ever get a chance to take a tour with the Beef Eater's, do it! So funny!|
|Yes of course, it's the phone booth picture.|
|These horses are on duty 24/7.|
We found these and loved them. Which one is your favorite?
|Out front of the British Library. We saw Tyndale's first manuscript. Beautiful.|
|The British Museum…. Didn't cost a thing!|
|The Rosetta Stone.|
|Easter Island's Basalt statue.|
|Who doesn't want this necklace?|
|I think I could live here!|
|This guy was my favorite.|
Thank you for your help Britain. I would have been confused.
|Highly recommend seeing the musical Once. 3rd row back. Fantastic.|
|Thomas was so excited to see this store! And bummed he couldn't buy anything.|
|The Christmas decorations were the 12 days of Christmas.|
|Who wants a London Taxi Cab as a every day car? Count me in!|
|These were the best window displays ever! This one was at Fortnum & Mason. A high end department store.|
|View across from Buckingham Palace|
|And Buckingham Palace.|
|The parade before the Changing of the Guards.|
|One of the Gardens at the Kensington Palace.|
|My favorite part of London. Yep. This place.|
|So many cute little shops!|
|A Mini and a Porsche. Thomas was in heaven.|
|A waffle with Chocolate? And then I was in heaven.|
|We watched a BBC show on Selfridge's. So fun to see the store.|
|And they had fun window display too!|
|We may or may not have come home with matching outfits for our future family. May or may not.|
|We ended out last night with the most delicious India meal. I kinda want it right now. I mean look at the naan!|
|So many fun experiences!|
I definitely loved London, but the 3 days was not enough! My suggestions are these…
Get a Rick Steve's pocket book. I know, I broken record.
Get tickets for the Tower of London Ceremony of the Keys. Beautiful 700 year tradition.
See a musical.
Eat good Indian food.
Bring an umbrella.
We then used 10 modes of transportation and 22 hours to get home. Oh Boy.