02 June 2013

London (29 June 2008)

Writing the last two posts about our trip to Europe and London in 2008 was difficult.  Part of me did not want to write the last bit because I don’t know when I will be able to take another trip. While I won’t be writing more posts about London or Europe soon I will read and plan for that next trip.

Our time in London was quickly running out.  After spending most of the day in the Tower of London we took the tube from Tower Hill to Victoria and walked to Buckingham Palace. 
Buckingham Palace
Victoria Memorial
The palace was built as a house for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705.  It in 1761 became the residence of Queen Charlotte.  It was enlarged and became an official royal palace in 1837.  Read more about the palace here.
Victoria Memorial
Victoria Memorial






















We took some photos of the palace and the Victoria Memorial.  The memorial was dedicated to Queen Victoria in 1911.
We ended the day by walking to Green Park and Hyde Park.  It was about 18:00 and while the sun was shining through the clouds is was cool outside.  In Hyde Park we found some chairs at the Serpentine and relaxed for a while.
Green Park
Green Park
Hyde Park
Hyde Park Corner
It was almost 21:00 when we reached our Hotel again.  We stayed at the Royal National Hotel.  We booked the rooms as part of our Contiki package for a very good price.  The room was small but had everything we needed. 
Royal National Hotel, London
It was a long day but we enjoyed every moment.  After eating we started to pack all our things for the trip back to South Africa.  Our flight was leaving 17:00 and we still had a morning in London.

4 comments:

  1. I got to go to Germany and London on business and didn't get to do a whole lot of sightseeing. I did get a morning around London and walked all over to the attractions. Like you I have no idea when I will ever get to go there again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am glad you could see some of the attractions. I hope to visit London again but the reality is a bit different. (And the weak rand is not helping)

      Delete
  2. I have been to London several times. But not lately. Since I have started cruising more, my visitation cities have been re-directed. (I went to Barcelona 3 times in one year?!?) I am just finishing Australia on my blog, and although I plan to show South America next (my favorite), for some reason I find it hard to leave Australia behind. I am not sure I will ever return (but can't be certain of that. Maybe it is the 30 hours of travel times to get there!).
    Margaret

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have never been on a cruise bur it looks like a fun way to visit new places.

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...