London, London, London.. I waited to be impressed, and im still waiting. We had a great time, dont get me wrong, we made the most of it, but as a whole, we probably wouldt go back.
Our location was ideal, we were located on the top end of Hyde park, and our favorite part of the trip was walking for hours through the park. In these parklands we found Kengslington palace, and while we didnt pay to go inside we did run around the palace pretending to be Royals. The park is full of statues, memorials, lakes, squirrals, and very leafless trees, it was such a beautiful place.
We headed to Westminister Abby, it was impressive, but once you have seen the building thats it, your've seen it, likewise for the Big Ben. We stayed on the bridge near Big Ben until it struck 12 midday. From Big Ben we made our way to Buckingham Palace. Its not as grand in real life as it looks on tv. There was a charity event just wrapping up at the Palace when we arrived, so there were alot of VIPs leaving the Palace, we stayed to watch incase we got a glimps of any members of the Royal family, needless to say we gave up after 20 mins watching with no luck. In saying that, we just missed Prince William leaving 5 mins before we got there. We are a little sad that the Queen didnt pop her head out and say Hi, afterall we flew all the way from Australia to visit her, bit rude really.
Camden markets, they go on forever, some interesting characters in this part of London. We enjoyed walking around them for a few hours, alot of the stalls are the same, and some have unique hand crafted items that were just beautiful. We picked up a few little trinkets here.
Tom finally won and dragged me out to visit some museums, call me uneducated or whatever, but they bore me. Tom had the time of his life visiting the science and the natural history museums, he walked slowly and read every last detail in all the displays, and tried all the activites. I did manage to get him out of there eventually.
On our last day here, we decided to go see st Pauls cathedral, London Bridge and Tower bridge. Lucky for us we discovered some xmas markets on our walks, we stopped and ate, and tried mulled wine and jager, mulled wine and jager is a bad bad choice, never again!
So basically we thought Tower bridge was London bridge, but we were wrong. London bridge looks like any old bridge, little hard to see why they sang a song about it. We walked across Tower bridge, its quite impressive and detailed.
So the above adventures happened.. on foot. Tom has this fitbit device that counts his steps and ks that he walks in a day, proud to say that since arriving in Europe we hit 8-10ks a day, After London, im keen to sit down for just a day.
We left london, and headed to Antwerp, and didnt make it. Belgium had an all day strike that stopped all rail services, So we stayed here in Lille, France for the night. Heading off to catch our train now.
Will update after Belgium.
T & C xx