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Friday, July 18, 2014

Things that are London Trip... Day 1 & 2

So Chase and I traveled to London for our 6th year anniversary! He was there because of business - had some meetings to attend to for his UK relations at his work. Our flight left Saturday morning at 11am. We got to London at 9am Sunday morning. Talk about a LONG flight. :) The flight from JFK to London Heathrow was exciting for me. I couldn't sleep on the plane AT ALL. I was leaving the country for the first time. What was really cool about this flight was we left JFK at night and there was a certain time during the flight where us flying in darkness turned into us flying into the light. Like the sun was rising. It was SO awesome! Too bad Chase and I were in the middle section of the plane not the window section. Anyways. I was exhausted by the time we got off the plane, and it was only 9am. We still had a whole day ahead of us. You can see in the picture how tired we both were.

On the Hoppa. The Hoppa is the bus that takes you from the airport to the hotels near the airport. First time Chase rode it. He usually went into the city and then would take a train to Leicester.
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Double decker bus from our hotel to airport terminals to get to the Tube station.
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We went all the way to Tower of London - which was a long tube ride. The grassy area used to be a moat, but it was thought it would be best used as a recreation area.
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The blue thing below the crane is called Swiss Re Tower. It's from a Doctor Who episode. That's why I took a picture of it - as well as the Beef Eaters going through a tour of the Tower of London.
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Tower Bridge. Not London Bridge. 
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Beef Eater explaining stuff about the Tower of London. I couldn't keep track of what he was talking about and I was so hot and tired. Cause lets be honest, having AC in England is what the rich people have, the more common folk don't. So basically everywhere except our hotel and bus didn't have AC.

The Shard also in another Doctor Who episode.
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One of the knights we saw. Lets just say he was protecting his own crown jewels.
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Me with a guard - guarding the Crown Jewels. Not as big as the hope diamond, but these are probably much much older too.
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Chase had to have a picture too. Cause the guards are cool.

Walking in line to the Crown Jewels. Man it was hot and humid! Plus I couldn't take any pictures once inside.
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Monday - Day Two


The Tube station - Can't remember what one though. I just loved the architecture of the station.
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221B Baker Street
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Me at 221B Baker Street - The museum cost money, but the gift shop is endless! That's where I got my sister's Deer Stalker Hat. She won't get it till Christmas - and she now knows and is upset about it...
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Chase with a guy dressed as Sherlock Holmes. I guess there was a place to eat called Holmes just up the street from this place.
 
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Baker Street Tube Station had these cool little tiles of Sherlock Holmes.
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 Cool sign in the Baker Street Tube Station
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We got off at Hyde Park Station and just happened to miss the changing of the guards.
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They were waiting for the arrival of Kate's baby. And we missed it by a week.
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Panoramic of Buckingham Palace
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This Telephone booth was for my sister
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Big Ben was AMAZING!

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The Eye of London
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We saw Westminster Abbey - which was right around the corner from Big Ben and Parliament
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A new continent deserves to have a hand stand in front of Big Ben!
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A horse guard - Beware horses may kick or bite!
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We walked around for a while and took the tube to Trafalgar Square. We found some cool souvenirs for family and friends in a shop and I bought a new bag. But I had to get a picture near Admirlty Arch (which I just happened to look up because I HAD to know the name). Because an episode of Dr. Who takes place going through the arch. I know I'm quite predictable. Though we didn't go into actual Trafalgar Square, I just wanted a picture with the arch, and to say that I've been there. 
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We went back to Kings Cross, cause I had to get a picture at Platform 9-3/4 (Hello, Harry Potter). This wasn't the "actual" Platform. It was just a plaque with a cart going into the wall. There was a Harry Potter souvenir shop just down from the platform.  We also had time to kill before we went to eat and then go see Wicked!
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We went to a fish place, cause I wanted to try their fish and chips. Chase got the haddock and I got the Cod. We weren't very hungry because it's hot, and no where in London do they have AC except in our hotel and some other shops. So this ended up being a lot of food for us, and we couldn't take it with us. But we got Fish, Chips, and Mashed Peas (recommended to us by a guy Chase works with who lives out there).
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I compared this tunnel (which I can't remember what station we were at in London) with the metro line tunnel in Wheaton, Maryland. I love how the sign above says "long way down".
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The tube stations constantly said "mind the gap", and so I HAD to get a picture of the word on the tube floor.
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Our next stop was WICKED! I have to say that aside from the theater being ridiculously hot (remember - no AC) it was the best broadway show that I have seen! I will be reading the book soon.  
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