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  • Day67

    The Queen and Lego

    September 4 in the United Kingdom

    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.

  • Day8

    Jamie's Italian Victoria

    April 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Celebrated my last night in London with dinner at a Jamie Oliver Restaurant just down the road from my Hotel. I ate off a special evening memu that was £15.95 for any two courses! Yummy food and excellent service meant an enjoyable evening for me. It's off back to the hotel earlier tonight than the last two evenings to pack and catch up on things.

  • Day15

    London, England

    September 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    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.

  • Day3

    Little Ben Clock & Victoria Palace

    April 24 in the United Kingdom

    Since we could barely see Big Ben, we decided to go see Little Ben!

    "My hands you may retard or may advance
    My heart beats true for England as for France."

    As a typical apologetic Canadian, I can't help but be amused that Little Ben is apologetic. It apologises because almost half the time it tells the wrong time. The miniature Big Ben replica is permanently set to daylight saving time. So half the year it aligns with the time in France instead of England.Read more

  • Day6

    Changing of the Guards - part 2

    April 27 in the United Kingdom

    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.

  • Day244

    Day 199

    July 30, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    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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  • Day5

    Day 5: London, England

    July 11, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    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

  • Day2

    Buckingham Palace

    March 31 in the United Kingdom

    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

  • Day2

    Buckingham Palace

    May 30 in the United Kingdom

    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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