Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 3- We Saw the Queen! And Other Famous London Attractions

    After a good nights sleep, we were up early to a breakfast of cereal, yogurt and assorted pastries and off again to see more sites of London.  Who took a quick bus tour to see Tower Bridge (while standing on London Bridge)

then we were in for a special treat! It was a day for Trouping of the Colours. This is a celebration of the Queen's birthday. She and the rest of the Royal family come out of Buckingham Palace in a parade. There were horses, soldiers and carriages. Our tour guide was on top of things and got us a great spot. We also experienced changing of the guards, saw Henry VIII's home, the London Eye, Big Ben and visited Westminster Abbey.

    Lunch.....Clay decided he wanted to try different things, we stepped inside a little deli called EAT and he chose a Peking duck wrap. Neither one of us liked it so we ate a bag of kettle cooked chips! We had free time until the evening so we trekked off to the Natural History Museum. This place was amazing and we didn't have near enough time to see it all. Clay is really into dinosaurs so that is the area we concentrated on.

All museums in London have free admission.

    It was soon time to meet up with the others. We were proud that we were learning to maneuver the Underground all by ourselves! We caught up with everyone else and went on an evening tour of Jack the Ripper history.

    On our way to supper, we got to walk through the area where Harry Potter's Diagon Alley was filmed! For supper we dined at Fuller's Ale and Pie House. The meal was authentic fish and chips with smashed peas and chocolate cake with cream for dessert. The fish and chips, as well as the cake, were great but I was not a fan of  the peas.

    We were treated to a short ride on double decker bus and got to see another Harry Potter scene spot, Platform 9 3/4.

Pretty neat, even if you're not a fan. After that, we had that oh so long trek back to the hotel and finally got to sleep around 2 AM.
  Stay tuned for the next article as we head off to Paris!

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