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City of London

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    • Day 107


      July 6, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 73 °F

      Miles: 5.7 Steps: 14784
      Flights stairs: 39

      Spent the day seeing just a few sights. We started with St Paul’s cathedral, another crazy beautiful church. I can’t help but think as I sit in each of these of the waste of resources and space tho. At the time these were built, there were so many people who were in such need. Certainly could have been a better use of the money it seems, then building these massive ornate cathedrals. But, what do I know. 🤔

      We then headed over and took a tour of the Tower Bridge. 432 people worked on the bridge; only 10 people died. For those times, probably not too bad. Walked up and back down 235 steps.

      Then we kept walking and went through the Tower of London - basically a big old mid-evil fort on the waterfront. It had been remade so much (and gift shops added everywhere) that it seemed like it was built this decade. Compared to other historical castles we’ve been thru, somewhat disappointing. The outside looked much more “historic” than the inside, but it was still hard to not notice all of the “improvements” that shouldn’t have been there.

      We bought the “London pass” - basically pay a flat fee to see as many sites you can in 48 hours. It definitely pays off with just a few places because London charges sooo much to see the sites. With the pass, came access to a roofless, double decker “hop on/hop off” bus. It was a great vantage point to see the sites and the modernistic skyline - and fun with the wind in your hair. Nice idea, but in the end didn’t work very well. In London just way too much traffic so we just sat there not moving for much of the trip. 😩 Glad we didn’t actually pay the £40 to use it and that it was “free” with the card.
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    • Day 33

      What a day and what a great night

      October 6, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Four sleeps to go, so best to make the most of it huh!
      Beth and Kelly went off to get the trench coat Beth has been looking for and which was spotted yesterday. Susie and I had a lovely coffee and croissant at the coffee shop in our driveway…wish I had one on mine….
      Then popped onto a bus no26 the City Mapper said, and off we went looking for the Tate Modern. Got off at the right bus stop, and google maps tried to trick me…but we sussed it out. A short walk and then over the Thames on the bridge, down some steps around the corner and there is was. Now there had also been talk of going to OXO for cocktails on the terrace but Mr google had said it was an hour from the Tate Modern so Susie thought her memory must be going cos she was sure it was just next door!!!! However….as we walked along the bridge I was looking all around and said to Susie…is that tower a clock or does it say OXO. Yes, yes thats it, you can see St Paul’s Cathedral from the terrace! YAY…might have to pop up there for lunch.
      We let Beth know where we were as she was joining us later, so we went into Tate Modern. Amazing space with lots to see. Decided to look at the ‘free’ exhibition first and it was quite interesting. The Otherworld photography exhibition we would wait for Beth before we went in, and she was on her way. She had got on the no 26 as instructed, got off at the correct stop, but due to her crook knee I suggested a Black Cab to bring her to the door. Duly got the thumbs up she was in the cab…and could you take a pic of me getting out please Di…sure thing. Up the ramp I walked out to the front and waited. Now I thought a video would be good…and yep I videoed 3 black cabs arriving and no Beth wasn’t in any of them! But at last she arrived and did a great photo shoot.
      We then all went and looked at the exhibition, you had to pay to view, but I said to the guy, i am an old person do I get a discount…he said oh yes you do..so we all got the pensioners rates!
      I’m not really an art buff, but it was interesting, some of it quite confronting, some of it just weird. But each to their own.
      That job done, we were off to the OXO bar… and it was just amazing. We all had a cocktail, Beth -Pornstar Martini, Susie - Regular Margarita, and I had the 8th Floor Smash. Trouble was Susie quite liked the Pornstar, and quite a few ‘tastes’ was had. Finally they just swapped. Beth and I had another cocktail each, I tried a new one I think called Bombay Rain, and Beth had a Margarita. We were all VERY happy, giggly and had fun. Small lunch was delicious.
      Decided catching a Black Cab home was the best option and a quick rest before makeup lights and action, to get back to the Theatre district for dinner and drinks before our Tina Turner Musical. Lulu has rejoined us for the show as well so good to catch up on her shenanigans all over the place. We saw Gino’s restaurant on our way to dinner so couldn’t resist a pic.
      Wow wow wow, could not recommend seeing this musical enough. It was just fantastic. A very real portrayal of her life, no holds barred. Instructions were to not sing and to remain in your seat…was very difficult to do. Such amazing voices. Very talented people.
      A really great way to end the day.
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    • Day 8

      Tower of London

      May 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

      We had the BEST Beefeater tour guide. We walked right into the Tower of London as he was starting off. He's beefy409 on Facebook.

      This is the place of kings, queens, and executions. The crown jewels are houses here (no pictures allowed).

      The Beefeaters are the Queen's personal guard and still live here. They must serve 20 years in the armed forces before being able to apply. More people have been to space than have become Beefeaters.

      Legend has it that as long as the ravens still live at the Tower, England will not fall.
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    • Day 2–3


      September 30, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      Wandering around London:

      Morning walk along Southbank, Tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Looking at Art (and looking at people taking pictures of themselves 'looking' at art) at Tate Modern, People watching in Green Square and stumbling across the cutest church-converted-garden museum with great views from its tower.

      Fun Fact of the Day: It's a bad idea to launch a cannon for fun in a building made of wood and straw.
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    • Day 27

      Day Out in London 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

      April 8, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Am dritten Tag meiner London Tour habe ich mir die alte Ruine von St. Dunstan in the East angesehen. Früher war das eine Kirche, heute ist es ein Park in dem sich Pflanzen um die Überreste der Kirche schlängeln. Einzig der Turm des Gebäudes ist heutzutage noch intakt 🌱🌷
      Später war ich noch im Hamleys, einem der größten Spielwarengeschäfte Londons. Auf jeden Fall ist es das Bekannteste. Hier finden sich verteilt auf 7 Etagen verschiedenste Spielwaren, Candy Shops und Mitarbeiter, die die Spielzeuge vorführen. Natürlich kann man auch fast jedes Spielzeug ausprobieren, bevor man es kauft. So kann man sich hier Zaubertricks ansehen, aber auch die ein oder andere Drohe fliegt über dich während deinem Besuch hinweg 🎮🧸 Mein Highlight des Tages, kam dann aber am Tagesende: Um 21.33 Uhr habe ich Julian am Bahnhof St. Pancras abgeholt ❤️ Morgen geht es dann auf die Star Wars Celebration 🤩
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    • Day 12

      Mir scheint ich bin zu lange in London

      August 8, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Nachdem ich einige Dinge jetzt schon doppelt oder sogar dreifach gesehen habe, wird es langsam Zeit weiter zu ziehen, allerdings habe ich noch einen weiteren Tag in London bevor es wirklich weiter geht.

      Das U-Bahn System ist ist jedoch super, das werde ich glaube ich in jeder weiteren Stadt vermissen.
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    • Day 26

      I 🤍 London

      September 22, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      We have made it to London! And it has been an incredibly busy and exciting last few days here. The pace in London is different from Rostrevor. There are a million things to do, places to eat, and not enough time to do it all! Thankfully we arrived here on a Friday, so we had the weekend to explore and adjust before classes resumed Monday. We’ve done lots of walking, ridden on buses and trains (which i love… the efficiency is incredible), and eaten at some wonderful restaurants. We don’t have kitchens here, so most of our meals we eat out. I’ve tried lots of new foods and drinks. I love how many options there are. We’ve gone thrifting, shopping, gotten our nails done. and went to a very interesting and bizarre shakespeare play at the globe. Big Ben was beautiful and I’m glad I was able to see it in all its glory since last time it was hidden by scaffolding. Today, we visited the Imperial War Museum which was heavy, but powerful. Love you all. It’s been hard to keep in touch with the time difference, so if you’ve texted or called me, I will respond as soon as I can. I appreciate your grace!Read more

    • Sky’s the Limit! 🏙

      June 20, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      After discovering the most delicious little French bakery for breakfast (Brekky plate with soft boiled egg 🥚croissant 🥐 fresh bread 🥖 juice 🧃 & coffee ☕️ £10) we headed to Skygarden in the building known as the ‘Cheese Grater” for obvious reasons! London likes to give nicknames to all their buildings: such as Gherkin or Shard.

      It was beautiful within the gardens. Perfect place to relax & unwind post Mamma Mia & pre-Voyage…Got an ice cold Cider 🍺 and just sat on the comfy sofas.

      We visited the impressive Superbloom moat of colour around the Tower of London. It was absolutely stunning. Planted to commemorate the 70th Jubilee celebrations. It will now be an ever-changing permanent living artwork! 🌺🌸🌼🌻🌷☀️ The flowers chosen were all part of Queen Elizabeth‘s coronation dress 👗

      We wandered along the Thames until we found a riverside pub. Guinness 🍺 and Scampi 🍤 with mushy peas 😋

      Weather heating up again! Big news 📰 is, unfortunately, biggest rail 🚊 strike for rest of week! Thanks a bunch of Superblooms you fu##ing Unions! 😵‍💫💩😤
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    • Day 21

      "The City" walk part 1

      April 17, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

      Might be the best city walk I've done so far. This is the old heart of London, with a lot of neat history both on the surface and buried beneath the modern veneer. The round church pictured is the Temple Church, famed for it's association with the Knights Templar.Read more

    • Day 12

      St Paul's Cathedral

      August 17, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in London, England, and is the seat of the Bishop of London. The cathedral serves as the mother church of the Diocese of London. It is on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade I listed building.

      The cathedral is one of the most famous and recognisable sights of London. Its dome, surrounded by the spires of Wren's City churches, has dominated the skyline for over 300 years. At 365 ft (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1963. The dome is still one of the highest in the world. St Paul's is the second-largest church building in area in the United Kingdom, after Liverpool Cathedral.
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    City of London, LND, Londonas, London, Лондонский Сити

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