A Return to London for a Day


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April 15th 2014
Published: May 27th 2014
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in St. James Park brightening this beautiful spring day in London.
We had a few errands that we needed to do in London so we caught the train from Chatham and went in for the day. Chatham is well connected to anywhere due to the train station in town. Fortunately we were able to “shop around”and were able to find reasonable priced tickets for the trip.

We didn’t have a plan for the day but the train dropped us at Victoria Station so we decided to walk around the area. It quickly led us to the Horses Guard Parade and we were fortunate to catch the last part of their ceremony that they perform daily. The Guards definitely make quite a statement mounted on their majestic horses in their regal uniforms.

We walked up toward Trafalgar Square which we have been to many times in the past, but it was still fun to sit on the steps eating our lunch and “people watching”. With such nice weather the tourist were out in force although we have never been here when there weren’t crowds.

We walked by Big Ben admiring this icon of England with its clock face 23 feet across atop the 315 foot tall tower. The Elizabeth Tower,
The  Statute of Horatio NelsonThe  Statute of Horatio NelsonThe Statute of Horatio Nelson

tops the column making it a height of 170 feet standing in the center of Trafalgar Square.
the official name of the clock tower, was completed in 1859 but was not the first tower at this spot. Many preceded it with the first being built in 1288. The current House of Parliament (also called the Palace of Westminster) in its neo-gothic style was built after the previous one was destroyed by fire in 1834.

Westminster Abbey which is across the street is an equally spectacular building. This has been the traditional place of coronations and burial sites for English and later British monarchs. Construction of the present building was ordered by King Henry III and began in 1245.

We took this last chance to visit the British Museum again and tour another part of the Asian section with its huge collection of Ming dynasty china, it's beautifully rebuilt Korean tea house and many other fascinating objects they had on display. We visited this museum 4 times since being in London this winter and barely scratched the surface.

There is still so much that can be seen in London – much of it for free or very inexpensively. We would definitely recommend a visit to this city if you get a chance.


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The Blue Cockerel is the Newest SculptureThe Blue Cockerel is the Newest Sculpture
The Blue Cockerel is the Newest Sculpture

added to others located at Trafalgar Square - it weighs over 1,763 lbs and is 15.5 feet tall!
The Royal Horsemen GuardThe Royal Horsemen Guard
The Royal Horsemen Guard

on parade make an impressive sight
The Horsemen's Guard Parade GroundThe Horsemen's Guard Parade Ground
The Horsemen's Guard Parade Ground

with the London Eye in the background
One of the Royal Horsemen GuardsOne of the Royal Horsemen Guards
One of the Royal Horsemen Guards

that participated in the ceremony we saw today.
The Elizabeth Tower The Elizabeth Tower
The Elizabeth Tower

with the iconic Big Ben clock on a beautiful spring day.
The Clock Face of Big BenThe Clock Face of Big Ben
The Clock Face of Big Ben

is 25 feet across and makes a magnificent sound on the hour and quarter hour's
The Palace of WestmisterThe Palace of Westmister
The Palace of Westmister

was the main residence of Kings & Queens from 1042-1512 but now houses the Parliament.
A Tribute to Oliver CromwellA Tribute to Oliver Cromwell
A Tribute to Oliver Cromwell

stands next to the Parliament building in London
Some of the Details of the Parliament BuildingSome of the Details of the Parliament Building
Some of the Details of the Parliament Building

more formally known as the Palace of Westminster
The Lion Is Seen OftenThe Lion Is Seen Often
The Lion Is Seen Often

as a symbol of power - this one is on the Parliament Building
Intricate Stone Carvings AboundIntricate Stone Carvings Abound
Intricate Stone Carvings Abound

this one is over the entrance to Parliament
A Beautiful Sunny Spring DayA Beautiful Sunny Spring Day
A Beautiful Sunny Spring Day

shows off the gold on the roof of the Parliament Building
One View of Westminster AbbeyOne View of Westminster Abbey
One View of Westminster Abbey

showing off some of its amazing stone carvings and architectural detail
One View of Westminster AbbeyOne View of Westminster Abbey
One View of Westminster Abbey

as seen from across the street from the Palace of Westminster
The Flying Buttress on the Westminster AbbeyThe Flying Buttress on the Westminster Abbey
The Flying Buttress on the Westminster Abbey

are intricate and fit in well with the numerous stone carved details


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