And it is beautiful :)
16.09.2009 - 16.09.2009 60 °F
I have also made it safely across the ocean to London with a quick layover and some Irish coffee in Dublin first. Kaitlyn and I got into London around 11:30 (5:30 our time)! We spent the entire day walking all around the city taking in all the sites. We walked along Picadilly St and onto Trafalfar Square where we saw the National Gallery, Nelson's Column and a beautiful fountain with some huge lion statues. We then walked along Whitehall Street and crossed over River Thames to the London Eye.
We thought about taking it for a ride, but for 20 pounds or $40, we decided against it! We continued walking along the water and came back over the Westminster Bridge and saw Big Ben
and Westminster Abbey
which were both amazing!
After all the architectual sites, we decided to take a nice quiet walk through St. James's Park
where birds appeared to rule the land
...they were everywhere, but it was still amazing and we could easily have forgotten we were in a city. After St. James Park, we went the Queen's residence, Buckingham Palace.
The fountain in front of was beautiful with a lot of gold embellisment and flowers all around. Unfortunately we missed the changing of the guards, but we still got to see them marching all around in their little outfits.
After the palace we went to Hyde's Park which had a huge lake in the middle of it.
The park was originally used for King Henry VIII to hunt deer and was later opened to the public by King Charles (Kaitlyn read me the plaque at the beginning of the park!) There was a cute restaurant right on the water that we stopped at for some wine and soup to warm us up from the chilly breeze. Finally after walking around for almost 5-6 hours we started heading back to our Hostel. We just checked in and it seems really clean, we're just going to have to get ourselves back into freshman year of college dorm mode. We plan on making tonight an early night, so we can get an early start on tomorrow. Hope all is well with all of you and can't wait to hear about how all of you are doing.
Megan, so glad you made it safely to Dublin and I can't wait to meet you here! What time is your flight and where would you like to meet? DO NOT take a cab from the airport to the hostel...it will cost you waaayyy too much. Take the Jubilee line to Swiss Cottage and our hostel is right there. The address is 40 College Crest. Can't wait to see you