So the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace was awesome, and they played the 007 theme song. There were so many people! Getting to walk right up to the gates of Buckingham Palace was surreal, I have to admit. The place is a lot bigger in person than it looks on TV. Andy pointed out that there were only two guards, which means the queen wasn’t in. Apparently when she’s in, there are four guards.
While we watched the changing of the guards, a friend of Katie’s who she met in Portugal came by for a visit. He’s studying in London, so it was convenient for all of us. It was good to meet him, especially since I’d heard so many stories about him.
From there, we walked down the Mall to Trafalgar Square, where we ate our packed lunches on the steps of the National Gallery and watched people. Then, Katie and I found a phone booth as we attempted to find the entrance to the Ministry of Magic … but no luck. Oh well.
We spent most of the day just walking around, actually. We walked past the horse guards. We went to Westminster Abbey and took photos of the outside, since it was so expensive to go inside. Same thing with Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. We took photos from the Thames as well. I forgot to grab a tea bag this morning, otherwise I would have thrown my tea in for my July 4th celebration.
We really wanted to hit the Tower of London today, but we figured the line would be atrocious after the changing of the guard. So we’re going to go first thing tomorrow.
After Big Ben, we went to the Museum of London and spent four hours walking around and looking at all sorts of really awesome things. It contains artifacts that range from ancient England to the 2012 Olympics. I enjoyed it as much as the British Museum. The British Museum is more about world treasures, and the Museum of London is more about English treasures.
By the time we finished there, though, I was exhausted. I don’t know if I just hit my limit of physical exertion or what, but every time we’d sit down I’d start falling asleep. So we talked about it, and we decided to come back to Manna House for the evening. We went back to O’Neill’s because Thursday is grill night. I had Irish sausages with a baked potato, and wow! It was so good! And then Katie and I split a huge chunk of hot fudge cake. Yikes. I’m so glad that we walked so much today.
I’m getting ready to crawl into bed momentarily, but that’s pretty much how our day went. Tomorrow we are definitely planning on the Tower of London and Abbey Road. We’ll see what happens. It’s hard to believe tomorrow is our last full day here, so we want to make it great!
Oh, and happy Fourth of July!!