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Buckingham Palace

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  • Day4

    Day 3 in London

    June 24, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Starting to feel normal in this time zone and navigating the city from the left side of the road. We scooted out to hit the changing of the guard at Buckingham - R's fervent request. With a few rain drops, we were concerned it would be canceled, but fortunately the show indeed went on.

    Just made it in time to predictably huge crowds. Tom was able to heft the solid squirt onto his shoulders to see and take copious video and still shots. Bands played an array of show and movie tunes - Greatest Showman, Hairspray, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and more.

    R and I then positioned ourselves on the outer facing fence to watch them process. Met a lovely mother & daughter from Atlanta. They invited R to get in front of them for a front-row view. He was thrilled! (Cannot believe they do this daily!)

    We pedaled over to the Churchill War Rooms. I was clever and purchased on annual membership, which will save us 20+ pounds because we also plan to tour the HRH Belfast Wednesday AND allowed us to skip past the priority line (the regular line was over an hour wait). Super fascinating!! Not only learning more about WWII from the British perspective and seeing their strategy & leadership location in an underground bunker, but also the life and times of Churchill himself. We spent north of two hours there - basically until the boys were dragging Tom and me out!

    We pedaled over to SOHO for some fantastic burgers and pints of London brewed beer at the Brewdog pub (loved the Punk IPA!). Tom and I enjoyed vegan Beyond burgers - my first. Very filling, yet not heavy, like beef patties can be. Stuffed, we headed up to Kings Cross to see Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter lore. Unfortunately, there was an hour long queue to have a photo with the trolly cart. However, we were satisfied with just a photo of the sign and cart.

    Back to the bike stand, we wound our way through Piccadilly (I became directionally challenged, so Tom took over navigating) back toward the West End / Covent Garden area for some excellent gelato at Gelupo. Finally, a long, slow pedal back to the flat. Proud of how the not quite 11yo has been able to keep up, keep safe on the roads, and not an ounce of complaining!

    Over the past three days, my Fitbit has tallied nearly 60K steps and 10 hours of biking! Sleeping well tonight!!
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  • Day2

    Buckingham Palace

    May 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Nachdem wir entlang der Buckingham Palace Gardens gelaufen sind kommen wir zum Haupteingang des Buckingham Palace. Endlich sehen wir Bobbies in ihrer Funktion als Guards. Wir haben sogar Glück und sehen einen kleinen Wachwechsel. 4 neue Guards kommen von einem 'Chef' angeführt. Der kontrolliert kurz irgendwas und alle 4 Wachen werden nacheinander ausgetauscht. Der 'Chef' bringt dann die 'alten' Wagen wieder weg.

    Ein interessantes Spektakulum.

    Fast noch interessanter für uns und die kleine Menschenmenge, die sich angesammelt hat, ist, dass das Tor offen steht und 4 Polizisten auf Motorrädern bereit stehen um jemanden zu eskortieren. Wer könnte das wohl sein? Das werden wir wohl nie erfahren. Fakt ist, dass man die 4 ziemlich lange warten lässt. Zu lange für uns.

    Wir sehen uns noch das Queen Victoria Memorial an, das direkt vor dem Buckingham Palace steht und machen uns dann auf in Richtung Pub. Wir laufen gerade eine Straße entlang, als ohrenbetäubender Lärm die Straße erfüllt und ein Polizeimotorrad an uns vorbeibraust. Ein zweites kommt hinterher und gemeinsam sperren die beiden die Zufahrtsstraßen für das folgende Polizeiauto und die hinterherbrausende Limousine. Abgeschlossen wird der Tross von einem weiteren Polizeiauto und den verbleibenden 2 Motorrädern. Jetzt haben wir den Palastgast also doch noch gesehen. Auch wenn aufgrund der verdunkelten, verspiegelten hinteren Scheiben des Fahrzeugs niemand erkennbar war.
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  • Day244

    Day 199

    July 30, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We come back to the USA tomorrow. TOMORROW. So how did we spend the last day of our trip?

    We had a lovely day in London walking around and seeing the tourist sites with Nick's college friends Mike and Ari, as well as Ari's little brother Diego who was also in town. We saw Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Green Park, St. James Park, the Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, Burrough Market, The Globe Theatre, the Thames, and St. Paul's Cathedral. It was such a fun day! We didn't go into any of the paid activities because prices are steep in London, but we loved just walking around with our friends and going for an adventure. It was so amazing to spend time, even just a day, with people with whom we are close and to be able to make plans to see them again soon in Buffalo. Thank you Mike, Ari, and Diego for showing us a lovely time and sending us off in style!

    We are currently headed back to our hostel to pack and prepare for tomorrow's journey. We each have a range of emotions about the end of this trip, though it's safe to say that Nick has probably come to terms with this more than Rachel has. (Transitions are hard!) We're obviously both excited to see family and friends back home ("excited" doesn't actually do the feeling justice), but there is a melancholy feeling about this phase ending. Travel has become our life, but it was only ever temporary. And maybe that's why we loved it so much and were able to really take advantage of the opportunities for growth while on this journey. We're sad to say goodbye to this life, but we're also joyous to start the next chapter together. This has been a life-changing experience, and it has reaffirmed our commitment to each other. We look forward to sharing more stories from our travels and to making new memories with you.
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  • Day67

    The Queen and Lego

    September 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today's adventure in London had us touring the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, enjoying tea and scones in the Garden (we even used the Queen's wifi), visiting the Lego Store at Leicester Square and Hamley's Toy Store.Read more

  • Day6

    Changing of the Guards - part 2

    April 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    I have resorted to being a jerk in return and I'm just reaching around him and taking photos and blocking his view with my arm and phone. If I can't see it, I at least want a picture of it to look at later. He eventually took the hint and moved over a slight bit so I could see.Read more

  • Day15

    London, England

    September 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Yesterday we had a big day. Flew from Dublin to London found our way to our accommodation in Earl's Court then went out exploring on foot. Walked around Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. Saw the icons of London - red post box, red telephone booth, red Queen's guards, red double decker buses, and the black London cabs.Read more

  • Day5

    Day 5: London, England

    July 11, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We started our day by taking our first tube ride from Kings Cross to Westminster. It was easy to understand and well marked. It's still overwhelming because of the amount of people crammed into such a small space. We had a cool and windy morning to see all of the main Westminster sites: Westminster Palace, Victoria Tower with Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, then we made our way to Buckingham Palace through St. James Park and saw part of the changing of the guard. We then walked through the Horse Guard's Parade to Trafalgar Square and went to the National Gallery to browse through all of the paintings. After our best coffee yet on the trip and a delicious berry tart at Cafe Concerto (very posh), we went to The National Portrait Gallery to browse through the portraits of the royals and other important brits. We then grabbed a warm soup and a coffee from Pret A Manger (a great affordable and healthy chain option throughout the UK). We people watched and noticed how many homeless people were at Trafalgar Square and openly using drugs in broad daylight taking hits off of an aerosol can. I'm used to seeing marijuana, but nothing like this. A londoner sitting next to us told us that the homeless population has exploded recently in London for whatever reason. It's so difficult and impossible for me to ignore the ugly parts of such a grandiose place. Much like DC and other large cities, the homeless and poor live amongst the wealthy and it's beautiful architecture. We then made our way back to Westminster Abbey to attend the free evening worship (otherwise you have to pay £20 each to visit- no thanks) and got to hear the choir sing for about 45 minutes. The cathedral was stunning and hearing them sing was a fantastic way to visit the cathedral. After the evensong, we made our way back to our flat via the tube and made dinner and decided to stay in the rest of the night.Read more

  • Day4

    Buckingham Palace

    October 10, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We didn't get to see the actual changing of the guard because there were huge crowds everywhere. But our tour guide, Doug, knew where and when to position us to see the regiment go by. It was the Royal Air Force's turn to be the guards, and they don't have the red coats with the big fuzzy hats. But they did have their band march by. They are very smart - they put the trombones in the front rank!Read more

  • Day2

    Buckingham Palace

    March 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Zu jedem London Besuch gehört natürlich die Besichtigung des Buckingham Palastes im Herzen der Stadt dazu. Stets gut bewacht von der königlichen Garde, in scharlachroten Uniformen, mit hohen schwarzen Bärenfellmützen. Er ist die offizielle Residenz des britischen Königshauses und zugleich werden hier ausländische Staatsoberhäupter empfangen und zahlreiche Zeremonien durchgeführt. Wenn die aktuelle Königin oder König vor Ort ist, weht die rot-gold-blaue Royale Flagge vom Dach und falls nicht, ist der britische Union Jack gehisst.Read more

  • Day4

    Buckingham Palace mit Sonne

    June 14, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Zwischen Green Park und St. James's Park liegt der Buckingham Palace, der heute plötzlich viel schöner wirkte, nur aufgrund des viel besseren Wetters. Die Zeit neue Fotos zu machen, habe ich mir natürlich nicht nehmen lassen. Unglaublich, was das Wetter bei sightseeing tatsächlich ausmacht.Read more

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