Thursday, September 22, 2011

London - Day 1

I'm a travel dork.

Since Troy travels so much...everything is old hat to him...but for me...everything is new and exciting.

And getting bumped up to business on our trip over was new and exciting for me.

And I drove Troy crazy taking photos of everything...from the ginormous seats to the awesome food. Real plates. Amazing service. 

And on an overnight flight? Being able to layout (almost) and really sleep? Wow. Wish I could always fly like this.

We got to London at 6 am and dropped our luggage off at the hotel and headed out to see the sights.

We bought a London Pass -- which gives you admission to like 60 different places -- it was so nice just to have everything paid for and be able to see almost everything we wanted to see -- and a bunch of stuff we never would have paid to see by itself, but was super cool to do with the pass. (The only thing we wanted to see which was not included in the London Pass was Buckingham Palace.)

We also bought a weeklong Oyster Card, which let us ride the tube and buses as often as we wanted.

As we wandered around London, we happened to pass by the Household Calvary Museum and they were actually in the process of changing the guard.  cool are these guys?

The sights of London are just amazing.

10 Downing Street

What's a London trip without a photo of a phone booth?

Then we had the chance to hop on a boat down the Thames. It was awesome to see the sights from the water.

Big Ben.

The London Eye.

 Cleopatra's Needle.

London Bridge.

Monument to the Great Fire of London.

 Tower of London.

Traitor's Gate -- where the prisoners were brought to the London Tower.

Beef Eater.

 Our tour guide.

Tower Guard.

Tower chapel.

 Tower Bridge.

View from the Tower Bridge

The mechanism for the Tower Bridge is amazing...and when you consider when it was built, it's even more astonishing.


The millennial bridge.

And dinner at the Swan (next to the globe theater) with old friends George and Kimberly was the perfect end to an amazing day.


Andrea said...

Can't wait to see more!

Lara said...

Glen served his mission in London and has been itching to get back there for years and your post is giving me the itch to making that trip happen.

As always, your pictures are gorgeous!

EmmaJ said...

So glad you had a great time! Can't wait to see more.

Monique said...

I can imagine your excitement about getting the airline upgrade; I know I was too, when it happended to me once!!! Looks like you had a wonderful time, I LOVE going to London every now and then, but for us it's quite close of course. So, when are you guys coming to see Holland??

Mandy said...

Hi Denise
My name is Mandy and I'm part of the London Pass team, just wanted to say the whole team really enjoyed reading this and you have some wonderful pictures! Glad you enjoyed using the London Pass!

Pressed Petals said...

wow! makes me want to go back. we went a LONG time ago for church and didn't get to see much. your pics are gorgeous!

Mariko said...

great photos!! what a busy day one!

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