Slept late after getting to the above hotel around 3AM! Ryanair has cheap flights but crazy schedules! Anyway, took the Underground or “Tube” (not called subway in England) to central London and this is first thing we saw walking out of the “Tube”! BIG BEN in all its glory! Just loved seeing it this close without even trying!!
Above and below is Palace of Westminster at right base of Big Ben. We attempted to see Parliament in action one day, but Steve was carrying his knife, which we found out is illegal to even carry anywhere in England!! Thank goodness they did not confiscate it or fine/jail him!
Above and below are Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church, coronation site since 1066, and site of 16 royal weddings, including Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. It is also the resting place for 17 monarchs, among the 3300 people buried or commemorated here.
A fountain in St James Park with just the top of Buckingham Palace in the background. Below is a cottage of the caretaker for the gardens and some of the beautiful gardens.
And below are pictures of Buckingham Palace!!! (Only one flag up, so Queen not in residence)
Steve in front of Victoria Memorial Statue.
The Horse Guards.
A memorial marker for Princess Diana on our walk around London.
Above and below are Wellington Arch monuments, built 1826-1830. The “Quadriga” statue on top is a 4 horse chariot.
Steve at one of the many war memorials in London.
At this point, we were tired, so decided to hop on a double decker bus and see the sights the easier way!! We toured almost 2 hours, so here are a collection of sites around London.
Animals in War Memorial. The worn out animals go in this side and the other side has beautiful, energetic stallions emerging.
Above and below are pictures of the Marble Arch, 19th century, ceremonial arch.
Above and below shows “The Monument” to the Great Fire of London (1666), a 202 foot Doric column with urn of fire on top. It is 202 feet from where the fire started in a bakery, destroying 13,200 homes, 87 churches, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and city buildings. The death toll is unknown, as many were not recorded.
The London Eye, a 443 foot high ferris wheel taking 25 people in each of its capsules for a 30 minute rotation. it is on the south bank of the Thames River, costs about 19 pounds per ticket.
Liked the color and architecture of these buildings on our bus tour!
Above and below are the 1020 foot skyscraper, called The Shard.
The Virgin and Child with Saints, by Carlo Crivelli, (1476).
Finally a break for dinner and a drink!! Our first steak pie in London!
Thus ends, our first day in London! Much more to follow!