Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 10th - 13th

We arrived in London on the morning of August 10th after an overnight flight.  We checked into our hotel and were eager to walk around the city.  

Here are some pictures from our first glimpse of the city of London.

We arrived on a Saturday and the park and the city as a whole was completely packed with people.  There were so many different nationalities and languages spoken; London is definitely the most multi-cultural city we've been to yet.

Hyde Park and the river that runs through part of it.  

One of the guards standing perfectly still outside of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace 
(and no, we did not see Kate, William, or their new baby, Prince George)

Gene posing in front of the Hercules statue 

This was day 2, August 11.  We started by sightseeing at the Tower of London. 

Square inside the Tower of London area.  This building houses the Crown Jewels (with a crazy long line of tourists waiting to enter to see the jewels).

St. Paul's Cathedral

Rosetta Stone inside the British Museum

Part of the Egyptian exhibit inside the British Museum 

Big Ben

After walking around London for hours and seeing the majority of the main sights, we were ready to get off our feet.  We took a river ride down the Thames River, enjoying the boat ride while our tour guide entertained us and pointed out various sights of interest. 

The London Eye 
(Our tour guide calls it The Wheel of Fortune since it nets about 2.5 Million Pounds per year!  It's about 20 pounds per person for a 30-minute ferris wheel ride - we decided to skip it.) 

London Bridge 
(from the children's song)

Kat with a view of the Tower Bridge behind her

The next day, August 12, was my 31st birthday!  We ran around the city again this day, hitting a few more attractions that we missed the day before.  Later that night, we went out with Price Lindsey, one of Gene's best friends from high school that moved to London ~5 year ago.  We got to see the opening performance of his play that  he was the main actor in and also one of the producers.  Afterwards, we went out with him, the other actors in the play, and some of their friends.  Good times!

West Minister Abbey

West Minister Abbey 

Within the Top Dome of St. Paul's Cathedral

Outside the top dome of St. Paul's Cathedral

The view from the top of St. Paul's looking down at the Thames River

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