First time in London
Trip Start Sep 05, 2008
45Trip End Jan 01, 2009
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I got into the city easy enough and headed straight for Buckingham Palace. It wasn't far from Victoria station, where m train arrived. From the second I walked out of the train station I had a smile on my face. I was so excited to be in London, finally! And with sun in the sky to boot!
The palace was pretty cool but I left before the changing of the guard because I didn't want to hang around for another 40 minutes
The park took me past Whitehall and from there I could see small glimpses of Westminster Abbey, so I headed in that direction. The abbey is beautiful, inside and out. There are numerous tombs and memorials inside the cathedral which was actually a bit overwhelming. I decided to get an audio guide which was a really good decision and they were free (after paying the £12 admission). The audio guide took me on a walk through the entire abbey and into the cloisters, the only part where I could take photos. The cathedral was amazing though and there were some beautiful tombs inside some of the chapels.
I eventually left Westminster Abbey and headed towards Westminster Bridge. From there I got a great view of Big Ben. The footpath across the bridge was closed, so I had to walk further down along the Thames to cross, then backtrack along the opposite bank towards the London Eye.
The Eye gives great views of London so it was a good stop and gave my feet a bit of a rest. After the ride, I kept on walking along the Thames until I got to where the Winchester ruins were supposed to be. I found Southwark Cathedral, which I had noted was right beside the ruins
Once I had taken in most of the museum, I went to the operating theatre. It was interesting but the other museum artifacts were probably more fascinating. Though imagining the doctor operating in coats covered in blood and pus, assisted by nurses with similar clothing, nobody sterilizing themselves or the patient, makes the theatre that much more intriguing.
I came out looking for the Imperial War Museum but once again found myself walking in circles. I felt like that is how I had been spending most of my time since leaving the Eye and decided it was time for a Starbucks break. That rejuvenated me enough to continue my walking. I forgot about the museum I was so focused on before my little break, and instead walked right over the Tower Bridge before it crossed my mind again. Now I was on the wrong side of the bridge for it so I decided to scratch it off the to-do list and headed to St
After milking that, I called Auntie Ali and headed out to her place where I am now. Her and my cousin Ben picked me up at their local train station and we came back here where she made me a delicious dinner and now we are just relaxing with wine and movies while I try to get up-to-date on this blog! Unfortunately I am having some issues uploading photos here so you will have to wait a bit longer for those.
I hope to hear from you all soon!