London….We’re Back!!

Cheerio London! It took us only a year to get back and this time we were able to see some neighborhoods and sites we didn’t get to explore last time.  We did revisit a couple favorite spots – Borough Market + Big Ben!  (Standard Tourist Photo Op)  The Borough Market wasn’t in full swing last year since we went between Christmas & New Years.  This time we got the real taste of it- Friday lunch hour mayhem.  And boy did we have fun!  Speaking of boys, there were a lot of them on their lunch hour  grabbing a bit to eat with their mates.  Continue reading “London….We’re Back!!”

The Sites of London (Part 2)

imageAnother beautiful day was spent in London, England.  Hope you don’t get too exhausted from our tour around the city on Day #2…the key is knowing your Underground route prior to leaving! Mind the Gap!!!

Big Ben + House of Parliament + The London Eye

“The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell.The Elizabeth Tower, which stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May, with the Great Bell’s strikes heard for the first time on 11 July and the quarter bells first chimed on 7 September.”

“The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its tenants, the Palace lies on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster.”

“The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. The 32 air-conditioned capsules can each hold up to 25 people.  The wheel rotates at 26 cm (10 in) per second (about 0.9 km/h or 0.6 mph) so that one revolution takes about 30 minutes. It does not usually stop to take on passengers; the rotation rate is slow enough to allow passengers to walk on and off the moving capsules at ground level.”

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Westminister Abbey

KATE, KATE!!!  We were a couple years late, but we made it to the Church that Kate Middleton became a Duchess and married her Prince Charming! The line was really long to get in and the tickets were about 18 pounds, so we opted to just walk around the grounds and visit the gift shop.  Loved this Church and maybe next time we visit, we will be walking down that aisle…oh hey Harry!!!! haha!

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Churchill War Rooms

This is an absolute MUST see and one of our favorite tourist sites we visited.  It was interesting seeing the perspective of the British and how they made out during the way.  We experienced the secret history underground that was lead by Churchill.  Well worth the money and the best part….hardly any lines!!!

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Covent Gardens

“Covent Garden is a district in London on the eastern fringes of the West End, between St. Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane.  It is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist site, and the Royal Opera House, which is also known as “Covent Garden”. ”  It was the perfect place to stop for lunch and walk around on our way to Notting Hill.  Mind the Gap!

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Underground Fun

Some favorite memories from the Underground….  “MIND THE GAP” + “This is the Piccadilly line to Cockfosters.”

Notting Hill

Confirmed…it’s like what you see in the movie, but BETTER!  We had so much fun walking down the street and can’t wait to go back and visit some boutiques and cafes! Bumpkin maybe??

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Kensington Palace

From Notting Hill we walked through the Kensington Palace Gates down the street that was home to many international embassies.  We wouldn’t mind living on this block – oh hey Kate, can i borrow some sugar?  We were able to walk the grounds of the Palace and feel like we were residence.  No Kate or George sightings, but that didn’t ruin our visit.  The garden behind the Palace reminded me of Central Park.  It was a beautiful setting!  We left the Palace and walked down Queen’s Gate back to South Kensington.  Loved that street – it was more residential and didn’t have the hustle and bustle the city centre had – nice break!


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