Wednesday, November 23, 2011

big ben

On our first full day of sight seeing, we began by taking the tube to Waterloo Station.  If you've watched the Bourne trilogy, then you know this is a surveillance nightmare.  It's basically the busiest station in Britain.  As soon as you walk out of the station, you're in the heart of London where you can see the London Eye!  It's the tallest ferris wheel in Europe - giving you great views.  Sorry, we don't have any pics because we didn't go up! 

 Waterloo Station.

Right next to the eye is the River Thames and Parliament.  It's absolutely breathtaking.  The Houses of Parliament are also called the "Palace of Westminster".

Big Ben is Parliament's clock tower which was built in 1858.  It's the largest four faced chiming clock in the world.  It's also one of the most prominent symbols of London and England.

 Left side of the bridge.
 Right side of the bridge.

 Walkway along the river.
 Westminster Abbey! 

This was the location of this year's royal wedding ceremony for Prince William and Catherine Middleton - plus mannny other weddings in the past.  Construction of the present church was started in 1245 by Henry III.  It was Remembrance Day when we visited and the church bells rang all day long.  It was beautiful!

 Memorials for soldiers.

 Barclays bikes!

You can rent a bike here for a good price and ride anywhere on it.  There are "docks" all over the city where you can return them when you're done.  Great idea!  We didn't have time for a bike ride in the park, but next time - I'm definitely doing that.

 Of course, a red telephone booth.
Piccadilly Circus.

This isn't even the end of our first day, but I have to stop here (I'm so behind with my blogging).  It was so much fun just strolling though the city.  After walking for a while we stopped for lunch at an organic cafe and continued to a museum.  You'll have to wait for the next post to see which one!

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