Sunday, May 19, 2013

Travels to Europe - Part 3 - London

The last stop on our whirlwind Europe trip was London.  We only had two days in the city and we were determined to make the most of them. Our purpose in London was two-pronged. First, we wanted to do as many touristy things as possible so that next time we were in England, we could explore the countryside. Second, I wanted to see old stuff.

Lovely church garden, with garden in bloom even though winter was still hanging on
I've always enjoyed history and was really looking forward to seeing the places and buildings that I'd only read about in books. Plus, there's not a lot of old buildings in Australia. 
The Rosetta Stone at the British Museum

Given the extent of our mission and the short time frame, we ended up walking a lot. On the first day, we clocked over 10 miles. By walking everywhere, we ended up seeing many fascinating things that weren't on our original list of must-sees. Like this photo below of the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace. Reason why this was a happy encounter: our alma mater, William & Mary, has a Sunken Garden in the middle of campus and it was fun to see where W&M got it's inspiration. Although, the Sunken Gardens at W&M did not have a lake in the middle...

Sunken gardens at Kensington Palace
The best way to show you our trip of London is through our photos. As I was putting these photos on here, I realized that most of them look very gray. It's true that it did rain (and snow) on us while in London, but we also had plenty of sunshine. We just didn't seem to take any photos when the sun was out. :-)

Early morning horseback ride in Hyde Park.

Wellington Arch. Also early morning as evidenced by the lack of tourists.

Westminster Abbey - the only photo I took as you weren't allowed to take photos inside.

Big Ben - the first London icon we saw when we emerged from the depths of the Underground

Bangers & mash at Stockpot Restaurant. Recommended by our good friends Steph and Peter.
 
The Globe Theatre - reconstructed so that it looks as it did in Shakespeare's time.

St. Paul's Cathedral - designed by Sir Christopher Wren who also designed the Wren Chapel at our alma mater, William & Mary

Drew on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral

Shackleton's crow's nest. We discovered this in the crypts of All Hallows-by-the-Tower, the oldest church in London.

Somewhere in the Tower of London

Gargoyle on the Tower of London

How can he see anything with this hat??

London Bridge

The Thames at night

The London Eye at night

4 comments:

  1. Wow. What fun. I love old things too. Glad you achieved your goals.

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  2. I love your photos, Mandy, especially the last two. It looks like a magical two days, despite the whirlwind tour!

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  3. I am in awe of all the beautiful things you've been able to see...thank you for sharing your travels with us!

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  4. Sounds like a fantastic trip! I'm so glad you guys had a good time. Isn't Westminster Abbey incredible? Definitely a highlight for me.

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