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Day 59-60, 25-26 May 2009

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Day 59, 25 May 2009

The morning started with a sightseeing tour of London. It’s a bank holiday in England so a lot of places are closed, including the inner area of London which was closed to traffic for a marathon – so we weren’t able to get to a few sights. However, we did get to see many of the famous sites, including:

  • Albert Memorial
  • Royal Albert Hall – outside only
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Queen Victoria Memorial
  • Southwark Cathedral – outside only, but didn’t care as I’m over churches
  • Tower of London – walked around the outside only
  • Tower Bridge
  • Parliament and the Big Ben tower (from a distance only)

As we couldn’t get to Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, the bus took us to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show entrance – no big deal but others on the bus seemed impressed!

The afternoon I was off again, this time to see the Victoria and Albert Museum (aka the V&A). On the way to the V&A I stopped for a tour of the Royal Albert Hall. It’s a beautiful hall and worth the stop. Not allowed to take photos, although it seems my camera must have gone off a few times (lucky I don’t need a flash).

I thought the British Museum was fantastic (and it was), but the V&A is at another level. Not only did it have the history component, it also had current day artefacts. I need another week here!
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Day 60, 26 May 2009

Another busy day before needing to be back at the hotel to catch the 4:30pm bus to the airport. The day started with rain but soon fined up (second rain after 60 days). So it was straight to the underground for a trip to South Kensington and a visit to the Natural History Museum.

This is a great museum for kids. Being school holidays this week it was getting too crowded and I left after an hour and a half. It’s still an impressive museum – just too popular.

Then it was some sight seeing:

  • Westminster – Parliament, Big Ben clock tower (Big Ben is in fact the unseen bell), No 10 (from the distance), Westminster Abbey (outside only)
  • Changing of the Horse Guards
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Bank of London
  • St Pauls (only outside – over churches as well; and out of time)

London – a great place to visit, not sure I’d like to live here.

The underground pass was handy today as I was able to get back to the hotel just after 4pm. The adventure is officially over and it’s time to head home…
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Footnote:
My full collection of photos is available on Flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidpedler/collections/72157621920918368/.
Just the London photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidpedler/sets/72157622380773075/

Posted by dpedler 20:40 Archived in England

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