Going to London to Visit the Queen...
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Today was the day we decided to get into London. Over the last few weeks there have been
A bit of a whirlwind tour since we only had the day and our bus/train took 2 ½ hours to get into the city center. It’s only about 120km away. Even the bus into Oxford took an hour (with no stops) and it was only about 40 km away. Perhaps cycling isn’t such a bad way to get around…
Our first introduction to London was a very good one. Popping out from the underground, we were right beneath Big Ben’s Tower. Wandering around we took at look at the London Eye, the Thames River, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. While starting to walk towards Buckingham Palace, Ben chimed out his noonday bells to us. Perfect!
I must say though, I was quite disappointed by Buckingham Palace. It seemed quite a bland
A nice surprise was seeing the Canada Gate (which we didn’t know existed). Outside the palace square, it’s a huge wrought iron gate with the shields of each province on it (well, not Alberta, Manitoba, BC, or Labrador - they’re on pillars since they were joined confederation later). A little piece of home was nice to see :)
Then it was off to the Tower of London and London Bridge. Brain has been very interested in the Tower and all the history that’s there. It looks like an amazing place to visit and could take up a whole day. But we balked at the 17pound/person admission fee, and didn’t have time to fully appreciate it even if we did go inside.
After a day of ‘power touring’ we were wiped and ready for the ride back into the quiet and quaint
Back to the campground to fin out it had been overtaken by a BBC film crew. For the next few days they’re working on Season 2 of The Survivors. I guess it’s about a group of people who survived through a world pandemic and now have to make their way. I guess they’ll be braving the wilds of the Cotswolds tomorrow…
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