At long last, London
Trip Start May 05, 2012
54Trip End Mar 01, 2013
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The next day we arranged to meet Josh and Claire at Big Ben and they would show us some of the touristy things in the afternoon
When we got into the city we had a look around at the Christmas market along the bank of the Thames and had a look at going up the Eye. Deciding against it because we didn't have enough time we made our way across the river and arrived at Westminster and Big Ben just long enough to take some snaps before Josh and Clare arrived. We joined up with them and had a quick look at the Abby then headed down to Trafalgar Square and found a nice pub to escape the cold from and get some lunch.
After a rather long lunch Josh took us to the "Australia and New Zealand (and Canada) Shop". We were very excited to find Jaffas, Tim Tams and K-Bars; all of which we stocked up on to take back to China.
Josh and Clare had to go home to study in the afternoon so we set off on our own again and explored the banks of the Thames a bit more. We had been keeping an eye out all day for the Battle of Britain Monument which Steph's Grandfather had come across for the opening a few yeras ago. We eventually managed to find it - after walking past it on the wrong side of the road twice.
Before heading home for the evening we decided that we wanted to see Tower Bridge. I had a map that made it look like it wasn't too far away so we decided to walk to it from Westminster instead of take the tube. We ended up walking for about an hour along the Thames in the cold and by the time we got to the bridge we were both too tired to enjoy it
The next day was our last full day in Europe so we wanted to do a bit of shopping and stock up on some supplies that you can't find in China. But we were in London so before we got to that we set off to see old Queenie at Buckingham Palace. When we arrived we were a bit confused as to why there were such big crowds. They looked like they were waiting for something to happen in the palace but we couldn't see anything happening that looked interesting and so moved on rather quickly. It was nice to see the palace but, compared to some of the other castles we have seen, it was nothing special.
Following this we jumped on the tube to Oxford Street for a spot of lunch and shopping.
The shopping on Oxford St was OK but, being the run up to Christmas, the crowds were rather off putting. It’s funny, being in China we deal with large crowds all the time, but somehow being in a crowd where you can understand everyone was much more daunting.
We rounded out the day by seeing a movie (Seven Psychopaths - it was such a disappointment) and had Pizza delivered by Josh's "other dad", Poppa John.
We took a cab to Heathrow the next morning and were both rather sad to be leaving London and the English speaking world behind. Our trip to the continent had been such a great time and we had enjoyed it all so much. Going back to China was not going to be easy!