Sorry I'm behind in posting
06.01.2009 - 06.01.2009
It was the perfect day, nay week, for walking around London. And what a lovely city! A full one-third of London is green and it’s absolutely beautiful. We toured around the city with The Original Tour, the big red double-decker. You can hop on, hop off anywhere and spend as much time as you want at each location. Plus, they have staff members at every stop and they’re super helpful.
Oddly, no statue was erected for Guy Fawkes. When the flag is flying, like it was that day, it means that Parliament is in session. The talk of the town is the MPs’ expense fiasco and high profile resignations. Big Ben is on one side of the Parliament building, but it’s actually the name of the bell inside the clocktower. They say the best picture is to get two faces of the clock in one shot.
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are just off of Westminster Bridge.
Next we journeyed the River Thames on a cruise boat.
Some of London’s best landmarks are on the river. We passed: the Eye of London
…10 Downing Street, the PM's humble abode
…Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
…Sir Francis Drake’s ship
…The Tower of London
…and Tower Bridge (which many people think is the London Bridge), to name a few.
We sat on the Eye of London, an amazing feat of engineering! The capsules (or “pods”) hold about 25 people and go up, up, up until you can see all the way to Windsor on a clear day. It takes about 30 minutes to rotate and gives you a bird’s eye view of London, Westminster Square (right next to the Eye), and other sights.
And, more pictures from the day can be found here.