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St James's

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  • Day7

    Buckingham Palace

    March 8 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

    Sowohl vor als auch nach dem Musical sind Giulia und ich einmal alleine und einmal mit Lasse und Jakob zum Buckingham Palace gelaufen. Ein beeindruckendes Gebäude. London ist toll und diese Spaziergänge haben das nochmal gezeigt.
    Der Tag war toll aber langsam und sicher lang genug. Euch allen eine gute Nacht! Bis morgen!Read more

  • Day61

    London

    October 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Die drei mittleren Bilder sehen auf den ersten Blick nicht aus, als hätte ich sie in London gemacht, aber in Wirklichkeit kommen sie quasi aus dem Herzen Londons: St Jame's Park vor dem Buckingham Palace. Das Wetter war, wie die Bilder erahnen lassen, wunderschön. Es war (selbst in London) wunderschöne Luft, alles sehr klar. Es war außerdem angenehm warm, sodass man ohne Jacke rumlaufen konnte.
    Gegen Mittag bin ich mit Darcy und einer Freundin in London angekommen. Zusammen sind wir dann noch zum Oxford Circus gefahren. Die beiden waren dann shoppen und ich laufen... Ich bin alle abzweigenden Straßen mehr oder weniger freiwillig hoch gelaufen, was einfach daran lag, dass ich verzweifelt etwas finden wollte, was ich kannte. Sobald das beim Marble Arch passiert ist, hab ich mich wieder sehr wohl gefühlt. Nach dem Marble Arch war ich beim Trafalgar Square und von da aus im St James‘ Park, beim Parliament, an der Themse entlang und dann bei St Pauls. Ich habe mir heute London angeguckt und nichts weiter spezifisches. Es war echt wunderschön, ich hatte eine tolle Zeit. Jetzt bin ich ziemlich müde, was an den ungefähr 22.740 Schritten, beziehungsweise 14 Kilometern liegen kann, die ich insgesamt zurückgelegt habe. Geholfen hat bestimmt auch nicht, dass ich die Zugfahrt zurück stehen musste, wenn ich nicht gerade meinen Rucksack einer Frau ins Gesicht drücken musste, weil sich jemand vorbeiquetschen wollte. Die Frau hat es mit Humor genommen, wofür ich sehr dankbar bin.
    Zuhause gab es dann Abendessen und es liegt nur an einem 3 Stunden 33 Minuten und 33 Sekunden Skype Gespräch mit Tomke, dass ich noch wach bin (das sind genaue Zahlen, ich hab Beweisbilder!). Das ist nicht unser Rekord, aber mehr war heute nicht drin.
    Jetzt geh ich schlafen und freu mich, dass ich morgen ausschlafen kann! Gute Nacht!
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  • Day9

    Parade

    April 9, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Heute sahen wir uns das "Changing of the Guard" beim Buckingham Palace an. Ein Touristenmagnet. Kein Wunder bei dem super Wetter heute. Wir waren ca. 1 1/2 std. vor Beginn des Umzuges dort, um uns die besten Plätze zu sichern. Und es hat sich gelohnt! 😁
    Wer mehr über diese alte Zeremonie wissen will, hier ist ein Link dazu 😊: http://www.london.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/wachabloesung/Read more

  • Day65

    First few days in London #3

    September 2, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    During our first few days in London we did some touring, sight-seeing (including a Treasure Trail), lots of catching-up, some eating and some drinking and having a great time. Here is London part three…

  • Day6

    Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guards

    April 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Found a great spot ... was ready to watch the ceremony.. and then came the rain....and then the guy in front of me decided to put his kid up on his shoulders. Sigh. Thanks buddy. I travelled across the globe to watch your child's bum in my face for an hour or two... really.

    Hard to tell in the photo because of how the flag is sitting but that is the Union Flag... So no Queen at Buckingham today.Read more

  • Day6

    Canada Gate

    April 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    An entrance to Green Park, the gate was presented to London by Canada as part of a vast memorial dedicated to Queen Victoria, who died in 1901.

    The Coat of Arms for BC, SK and AB were not on the gate, so they were later added to the pillars.

  • Day6

    The Mall

    April 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    The Mall is not a place for shopping. It's a road leading to/from Buckingham Palace. Here are a few photos from our walk down the street.

    Queen Mother and King George Memorial
    Duke of York Column
    Graspan Memorial
    Admirality Arch

  • Day5

    Biking Around to the Sights

    April 22 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    I love biking around a new city. Of course they have bike share: Santander. The station nearest had two bikes but both were broken. This was how it was going to be with me transportation-wise for the day. Got on at another station and pedaled through Hyde Park. It was beautiful. As I rode into the park, lo and behold, there were about 50 nattily uniformed men on horseback - the Queen’s horses, to be exact. They were out for a spin for the birthday celebration (even though it was yesterday). She’s the Queen! She can declare any day she wants to celebrate.

    My plan was to ride by Buckingham Palace. There were huge crowds waiting for the changing of the guard, I guess. I got a great view of the palace from my bicycle seat right in the middle of the street.

    From here I needed to get over to Westminster Abbey. Nothing here is a grid. I made a zillion wrong turns and streets might just decide to call themselves something entirely different in the next block or just not go through. I made it in time to stand in a long but quick line to get in.

    What a beautiful church. It was busy but with a ticket, I went up to the gallery which gave me a view of things from above away from the crowds.

    I usually feel a little weird in a church. It isn’t my place, and I can’t imagine how I would feel if thousands of people who aren’t Jewish stomped through my synagogue. I enjoyed it anyway - all the tombs and palace intrigue.

    I had my lunch (and Victoria sponge cake with strawberries and cream filling) in a dungeon of a spot under the Abbey.

    Out in the warm and sunny day (again) I picked up another bike and rode along the bike superhighway (that’s what the call it) to the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels.

    Again, so much history dating back to the dark ages and times when Oliver Cromwell destroyed the monarchy and all its trapping. Eleven years later, the royal family was back in business.

    As it is the very beginning of or really before tourism season, it felt like the staff most places still had their cheerful spirit and patience. I was thankful that I got to ask my stupid questions without getting “the face”.

    At 5:30pm I decided I might take the boat part of the way back before hopping on the train. The boat was a bit of a wait so I said I would take the Underground. I was told the city uses “bank holidays” to fix things so my train option was out. I decided to get in one more bike ride.

    What a great idea. The streets were mostly deserted of cars and there were so many families and friends out along the water and in the parks. The flowers and the ponds and birds. What a great way to end the day and a whirlwind four days of London.
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  • Day16

    Day 2 - Tower Bridge Experience

    December 13, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 45 °F

    Because river Thames runs thru London, they have a thing for bridges. The coolest one is the Tower Bridge. I was able to go into the towers, take the lift to the glass floored walkways, and view the world from above. It was so cool! Also, the bridge opened to let a boat thru while I was up there, something that isn't seen every day.Read more

  • Day18

    Windsor Castle - day 4

    December 15, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    One of my most dreamed about places - Windsor Castle. I had to hop on an underground to catch an overground. Was about an hour long uneventful journey. Upon arrival, I made my way through the touristy strip mall trying to find my way to the Castle. To save time, I stopped at an info booth and the gentleman there jokingly said if I had come to scale the outer wall of Windsor, there would be none of that today due to the nasty, wet weather. Makes the walls too slick, he said, with a straight face. Oh, it made me laugh so hard! I assured him I had left my wall scaling gear back at my hotel so no worries. Then he said I was just in time, if I hurry, cuz the Castle was closing early today for an event. I knew I would cry if I missed getting in so I hurried on to the gate he pointed out to me. Luckily, I made it in time and was part of the last group of ppl they let in. Whew! That would have been just terrible if I couldn't do what I set out to do.

    The State Apartments was pretty neat, opulent, and fascinating. I wasn't allowed to take pics, unfortunately. The place I will carry in my heart forever, though, was St. George's Chapel, where King Henry VIII and other such grand royalty is buried. The place just exuded history and old-ness. I could feel it and it moved me greatly. There was a band and choir practicing for the night's event, as well as play from the great organ, so I was able to hear beautiful music and song, the acoustics of the space in full use. I was doubly lucky, and especially blessed to be there in that sacred place.
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