I want to document our trip before I forget so many details. So the next few posts will be about the trip that Mark and I took to Europe January 14-21st.
|view from the Hotel window...a very cute street!
|Castle built for Anne Boleyn
|The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk
|i have no idea..just wanted to show the landscape of London
|Aquarium and the London Eye
It was closed while we were in London, so we didn't get to ride.
|hideous blue rooster statue that we thought was funny
We stayed at a Days Inn for 49 Pounds a night. It wasn't too bad either. I mean it wasn't the Ritz, but it was clean, warm and had a private bathroom which is the kicker in Europe.
The first day in London we just roamed around and tried to see all the big sights. We knew with only two days in each city that we wouldn't have enough time to do a lot. We wanted a taste of each city (London, Paris & Amsterdam).
|on the damp streets of London
|Lock & Co.
oldest hatters in England, responsible for the bowler hat...made them for Charlie Chaplin
|Victoria Tower on The Palace of Westminster
This was an amazing site!
|Big Ben...I think it was recently renamed Elizabeth Tower.
I'm going to stick with Big Ben.
I thought it was funny that they made a huge deal that it originated in London; NOT AMERICA.
It was funnier when my mom looked it up and found out it was founded by two AMERICANS in London.
Buckingham palace wasn't too impressive either. (I mean look up Kinsington Palace or Windsor Castle and you can see what I mean). Compared to those places, it looks like a grey box. That being said, I didn't see the inside and I'm sure (like a lot of things in Europe...like, Notre Dame...more on that later) that it is breathtaking.
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
It was difficult to cross the street. I was continually looking the wrong way, but they do have the direction to look painted on most cross walks so that helped. About the time I got used to looking the correct way for oncoming traffic, we left for Paris. They drive on the same side of the road as the USA so traffic was coming from the way we were accustomed.
|The London Eye
|The London Eye
|Waterloo Station...where we caught the train to Paris
|you can see shrapnel markings from the WWII
|close up of the shrapnel marks...
|I have no idea why I took this, but it looks like a cool place
|Tower Bridge...not London Bridge
The following pictures are all of the Tower of London. Probably the oldest thing we saw. Parts of it date back to 1078 and William the Conqueror. We tried to take a tour with a Beefeater, but he was a bit obnoxious and we had a hard time understanding him. We left his company and took our own tour. We were able to see the Bloody Tower that housed Anne Boleyn among others. We saw the Crown Jewels. We saw a tree that was used to hang hundreds of "traitors to the crown". We also heard the story of the murder of the two princes. Basically a lot of very dark, fascinating history.
|the Tower of London
|the obnoxious Beefeater
|gates to get into the Tower of London.