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 more days at the end of the trip. Until then, here are a few things we saw during our brief wanderings there.
View of the Thames from the Lambeth Bridge
A guard at his post.
Marching after the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
Each guard was getting inspected. Our guess was that the taller the furry hat, the higher the rank.
We ran into several protests in London for a variety of things. The police were out in force, but were basically just watching.
London has a ton of park space. This is along the souther side of St. James Park.
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.
Inside the great court at the British Museum.
Jenny smashing her finger on one of those coin flattening machines.
The London Eye.
Motorcycles. Motorcycles everywhere.
Outside the national gallery in Trafalgar Square.
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.)
Can’t go to London without getting some fish and chips in a traditional pub.
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?