London is the largest city in Europe and there definitely isn't a shortage of things to do and see. Captain Edwards assumed the helm once again as we drove from Edinburgh all the way through England to London, again in a tiny red car. The first day in town, Ryan unfortunately had to visit the hospital with a case of strep throat. Thankfully, he was given some medicine and was good to go later in the afternoon. Meanwhile, Katie and I expLONDONed (exploring London? Lame word? Probably.) We took the free tour from New Europe and covered:
- Hyde Park, Green Park & St. James Park
- Trafalgar Square
- Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament
- Westminster Abbey (we caught an evensong service - very cool just knowing everything that has occured in that place)
- Churchill's war bunker
- 10 Downing Street
- Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace (photo above)
- Plenty of others that I can't remember...
Brick Lane to get some Indian food for dinner where workers, anxious to lure you into their restaurant, offer deep discounts - you couldn't walk one block without getting stopped by a promoter.
That evening, we showed Crampton what he had missed under the bright moon.
Left: The House of Parliament & Big Ben
Another attraction of note was the Tower of London & Tower Bridge The Tower of London cost 14.50 Euro but was well worth it. It is a medieval fortress that houses a great history (including superstition about ravens), Yeoman warders (Beefeaters) and the crown jewels (including the three largest diamonds in the world - very impressive!)