London: Part 2

After yesterday's ordeal, one would suppose that I would stay away from the train stations. However, dealing with Americans who feel a sense of entitlement drove me to the brink and I needed a day away. So, this morning, I hopped a train to London. I originally planned a morning at Harrods, but I was feeling impulsive (big shock) and decided to go further up the Circle Line. I got off at Victoria Underground Station and used my fabulous map. I walked all over, seeing Buckingham Palace, the parks, Parliament, Downing Street, Big Ben, the London Eye, and, best of all, Westminster Abbey.

I can't say that I found my happy place right away. Traffic wasn't too bad and I am prone to walking in the middle of roads (actually, I am pretty used to it now). So, I walked down Buckingham Palace Road (Street??) and made my way to the palace. I wanted to see it and the Queen Victoria monument (of course). But, I saw little at first...It was PACKED. I hit it right at the changing of the guard. I didn't watch the whole thing, but this is what I did see:

A very nice policewoman:


The changing of the guard. I didn't stay for all of it because I felt so closed in...and that wasn't a bad thing because eventually the band started playing music from Star Wars...that is where I draw the line...






After crawling away, I finally got my first photo of the palace...


And here is Victoria...


A new happy place...




Big Ben through the trees...


Next, I walked around the park and came upon the Horse Guard House. See the passage in the middle? I decided to walk through there and it was a good decision...got me right where I needed to go...and I saw some interesting things along the way...


Like this poor guy. He looked miserable...






I ended up at Westminster Abbey (they don't allow photos in there and my one photo of the exterior isn't blog worthy). After I came out, I was lost (you come out in the back). I walked and followed the noise. Eventually, I was back in front! Then, I decided to go all the way back to my original tube station. I just wanted the walk...So, here is another Buckingham Palace shot!...

Comments

James said…
Wow. That's beautiful!

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