Palace of Westminster
Also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) meet.
Well, after a good eight months in Latin America it was nice to be back on some what familiar ground. So for a few days we would check out the streets of London as well as catch up with my Aunt and Uncle who I haven't seen in a long time and it was great to introduce my new Wife who they seemed to warm to very quickly but maybe I'm getting ahead of myself.
We arrived after a few hours flight from Madrid and touched down in London and unfortunately my Uncle was unable to put me up for that night so made our way to a Hotel somewhere in the centre of the city.
After dropping of our bags and got accustomed to the best hotel room in a few years we nipped out to Chinatown to show Miriam how different the Chinese food is in Britain, which yes seems weird as the first introduction for Miry to British life and Chinese is the way we go? on the other hand Ecuador doesn't seem to have sweet and sour pork or crispy duck pancakes! so really we had no choice and got stuck into some and I'm sure
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is the tallest (135 metres (443 ft)) Ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK, visited by over 3 million people a year.
it was appreciated but we were both tired after all the stress and long flight and made our way back after.
The next day we left the hotel and dragged and carried our bags through London to find Waterloo (yes it was easy) where we could make our way to Godalming to meet Uncle and Aunty. Miriam seemed most pleased to drag a bag along the streets and through the underground in soaring temperatures but I was just pleased to be in London.............but damn it was hot!
Asking for directions was an amusing situation as I was unable to find one local who had the knowledge to point us in the right direction, everyone was foreign! such a multi-cultural city is London.
Anyway managed to finally meet said Uncle who drove us to their lovely home in Godalming while giving information like "Chris Evans owns a house round here" and "that's where they filmed The Holiday with Jude Law".
The next day we took the early one to Waterloo Station to get stuck into some sight seeing this also happened to be one of the hottest days of the year but we were determined......................well I was, Miry
had a stomach ache.
After leaving the station we headed straight for the Thames and also the the giant London Eye as saved recently by the Fantastic Four. On this day though the queue happened to be gargantuan (great word) so we decided a little elevation was not worth the wait and continued on upstream.
London centre is special because no matter where you turn or look there is always a historic or modern landmark reference somewhere, with the heat though it does tend to takes a large portion of your enthusiasm away from sight seeing.
I have been to London a few times as family live there, have lived there and also went to university there so I know it pretty well but it was nice to show it to Miry who has always wanted to see London be there for the first time and take in London when the weather was so good its just such a shame its so expensive and we were there for a short period of time.
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