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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Things that are London... Day 5 - Last Day

Chase had meetings to attend to all day and I wanted to see the city of Leicester. Once I found the bus to Leicester from our hotel the night before, it was a breeze getting to the next day. Here's me on the bus to Leicester. The driver was really nice. The houses were cool too. Gotta love the red brick.
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Once in Leicester I walked to a big huge park that Chase hadn't gone to before. It was a mile or so from the bus station. I walked past a church that was called Parish Church of St Margaret that had a really cool cemetery that was different than whatever I have seen before.
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Parish Church of St Margaret
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I walked down a scary little walkway that was right up against the river. I was scared someone was gonna come push me in the gross water, and steal my money. So I hurried away and got back on the main path.
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Abbey Park was so pretty! There were fountains, and cool looking animals that I haven't seen.
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There were parts that I really wanted to remember about the park so I used the panorama on my phone to capture the beauty of the place. I wish I could make the pictures bigger so you can get the full effect.
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After I was done with Abbey Park I walked to a shopping center (don't really need to take pictures of it - wasn't that fantastic). Then I walked to Guildhall and Leicester Cathedral. I never went into the Cathedral, but just loved the outside. From what the internet says the cathedral is a medieval building. It was awesome! This is just the path around to the front of the cathedral.
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This is the front of the cathedral. So Awesome!
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I walked by and saw a Royal Blue door. Whenever I see stuff like this I always think of Doctor Who, and the Tardis. The blue was everywhere in London and Leicester. Maybe that's why it's a blue police call box?
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Then I walked around trying to find Leicester Castle. My first castle ever (unless you consider Tower of London a castle?).
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My feet were swollen almost the entire trip! I'm not sure what was going on with that, but I had to show my feet with the cobblestone, because it was so pretty.
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This castle is old old old and I'm not sure if you could classify this as an actual castle cause a lot of it seems to be broken down.
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I had to have proof that I was actually there right?!
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I love this picture aside from the bag of trash sitting right there.
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I thought this was pretty cool. Modern architecture vs. medieval. 
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This was my last picture in Leicester. There was construction going on everywhere, so it was hard for me to take pictures. There's a little sign on the building that says guildhall lane - and you can see Leicester cathedral in the back left. After touring and having blisters on my feet for not wearing the right kind of shoes... I took the bus back to the station by our hotel. I was Chase's +1 for a big fancy dinner that night, so I had to be back in time.
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I wanted a picture of us that night after dinner.
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The next day was our actual anniversary. I had wanted to run in England, just to say that I have run on a different continent. I got up early (around 6 - and the sun was already high in the sky). Since I hadn't run that whole week I did a quick mile-ish run. I would have liked to run further, but my calves were hurting and I was a little nervous running in a new place and not knowing where I was going. Plus Chase kept telling me that people in England don't run. Yet I saw SO many runners while I was there...
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This was the train station in Leicester on the morning of our 6th Anniversary!
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It was a train that went straight to London from Leicester. Which was awesome, we got there within an hour or so and had lots of time in the city.
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Chase was meeting with a client in Leicester Square and wanted me to get ferry tickets to Greenwich (pronounced Gren-ich). So I went and walked around until I found the ticket office for it.

I took a picture of a red double decker bus for a co-worker.
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I loved being able to see the London Eye again! It was so pretty!
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I loved taking pictures of Big Ben to remember my trip and it was fun playing with the camera on my phone.
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Chase finally met up with me to ride the ferry to Greenwich.
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Our ferry tour guide told us that you can actually get married on the top of the London Eye. He said it goes up until you get married and then it's downhill after that! HA!
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Big Ben and Parliament.
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The Shard from a Doctor Who Episode.
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This is the actual London Bridge.
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This is Tower Bridge not to be confused with London Bridge in the previous picture. Our tour guide said that when they first built Tower bridge (It's a raised bridge) the first ship that was supposed to go through Tower Bridge, didn't actually make it because the bridge failed to raise and the boat crashed into it.
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Our tour guide was hilarious! He showed us a lot of stuff that I can't remember and wish I could have just recorded it all. Because it was awesome! We got a picture of us at Tower Bridge on River Thames.
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When we finally made it to Greenwich we hiked (not even kidding you) up this huge hill to the Royal Observatory - Greenwich where the Meridian Line was. Though it wasn't the actual meridian line, because stuff has changed since then. But we got a picture next to the not actual meridian line.   
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This was a picture from where the actual meridian line was viewing Greenwich. Chase is a big geocacher. So there was a "cache" that you had to find the actual meridian line. Where W on the compass was 000.00.000 It was pretty neat. If you remember from Thor: The Dark World (Thor's 2nd movie) the ending of the movie was in Greenwich. It was cool that we were there and had seen a lot of what was in the movie.
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This was a 24 hour clock at the observatory it also had measurements below, The British yard, two feet, and some other stuff.
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The city of Greenwich was gorgeous just like London. We ended our anniversary by finding a grocery store and buying chocolates and candies for our friends and family, and getting dinner.

Side note: It was interesting for me eating British food (because they are grass fed cows - they don't use hormones, etc) compared to food here in America. Because while I was there I felt great! I didn't have a single stomach problem, then we landed in New York, I had a burger and fries and my stomach immediately started hurting. Makes me wonder if our food is really that crappy?!
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The next day we took the bus to the airport. I wanted to take a picture and show how green everything is. It was always SO pretty.
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There are certain newspapers in London that are free. We happened to pick one up and go through it. We found out that because it was Doctor Who's 50th year they were doing stuff at the airport. So we looked into it and found out that each terminal would have something different (they had shown a picture in the newspaper with a Cyberman walking around one of the terminals - how freaky). We were hoping we would run into a Cyberman or a Dalak. We found one thing that had the Doctor and Clara (his recent companion), then the lady who took our picture told us there was more stuff down the terminal. Sure enough we walked around the corner and saw this Dalak!
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We saw the Tardis! We had to get a picture with the Tardis!
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Then we saw some police officers and they didn't really know what it was, but it was fun to say the policemen have the phone box. I mean technically it really is their box... But not really. Sadly the Tardis wasn't bigger on the inside.
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We both had a lot of fun, and I'm so glad I was able to join Chase in London! I had so much fun and would LOVE to go visit again! I love traveling and love seeing new things and places. A week flew by and can't believe we got to do that for our 6th Anniversary! Hoping that our 10th will be more awesome then this!
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