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!
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…
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/