A little bit of London

We gave ourselves two nights in London at the beginning of this trip. One, we knew we’d be jetlagged and wouldn’t want to run around doing much, and two, starting in London is a good way of easing yourself into a different life. Things are different (traffic, getting around, money, etc.) but at least it’s still happening in a language we can understand. We’ll pass back through here for a few ┬ámore days at the end of the trip. Until then, here are a few things we saw during our brief wanderings there.

0613 BigBen

Big Ben

0613 EyeView

View of the Thames from the Lambeth Bridge

0613 Guard

A guard at his post.

0613 GuardChange

Marching after the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

0613 GuardSikh

Each guard was getting inspected. Our guess was that the taller the furry hat, the higher the rank.

0613 Police

We ran into several protests in London for a variety of things. The police were out in force, but were basically just watching.

0613 StJamesPark

London has a ton of park space. This is along the souther side of St. James Park.

0613 TreeShit

The downside to the park space – the “plane trees” on a bad day (which we encountered) drop these seeds into the air everywhere, which get in your eyes, nose, mouth, and everywhere.

A pair of acrobat street performers. One guy was from the U.S.

A pair of acrobat street performers. One guy was from the U.S.

Inside the great court at the British Museum.

Inside the great court at the British Museum.

Jenny smashing her finger on one of those coin flattening machines.

Jenny smashing her finger on one of those coin flattening machines.

The London Eye.

The London Eye.

Motorcycles. Motorcycles everywhere.

Motorcycles. Motorcycles everywhere.

Outside the national gallery in Trafalgar Square.

Outside the national gallery in Trafalgar Square.

Traditional red phone booths.

Traditional red phone booths.

The Rosetta Stone inside the British Museum. This museum was pretty amazing (and was free if you ignore the whole "suggested donation" thing.)

The Rosetta Stone inside the British Museum. This museum was pretty amazing (and was free if you ignore the whole “suggested donation” thing.)

Can't go to London without getting some fish and chips in a traditional pub.

Can’t go to London without getting some fish and chips in a traditional pub.

Skaters enjoying the skate park by the London Eye.

Skaters enjoying the skate park by the London Eye.

The Brits have to be different. European power adapters don't work, and the UK adapter I found didn't accept grounding prongs. Solution - US to EU to UK combination. Safe, right?

The Brits have to be different. European power adapters don’t work, and the UK adapter I found didn’t accept grounding prongs. Solution – US to EU to UK combination. Safe, right?

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