England #3 (London #1) 5-13

June 4, 2013

Of course we had to see in London. The problem is there is so much history and so many statues and so many buildings and monuments and fountains and museums and beautiful parks; it would take months to see everything. We really had to pick and choose. We did take a tour on one of the double-decker buses. Their advantage is that you can hop on and hop off at different locations. The downside is that traffic can be horrible. Streets are jammed with hundreds of classic London taxicabs and red double-decker buses. From one vantage point I counted 17 double-decker buses in a block and a half area, creeping through the traffic like a herd of lost elephants. We realized that in most cases, we’d be better off walking. The bus tour guides have so much to cover and speak so fast, we could barely understand what they were saying. London is an amazing City. It will take us days just to see the highlights. Fortunately there are plenty of cute cafés and pubs where we could study the map and catch our breath.

The train from Goldaming where we are staying was just an hour from the center of London.

The train from Godalming where we are staying was just an hour from the center of London.

Among the hundreds of historic buildings one cannot miss Big Ben and the British Parliament.

Among the hundreds of historic buildings one cannot miss Big Ben and the British Parliament.

The interesting thing about Big Ben is that it’s not the name of the clock. It's the giant bell that rings on the quarter hour that’s called Big Ben.

The interesting thing about Big Ben is that it’s not the name of the tower. The giant bell that rings on the quarter hour is called Big Ben.

London has many beautiful parks to stroll through and since it was Spring, flowers were in full bloom.

London has many beautiful parks to stroll through and since it was Spring, flowers were in full bloom.

Being a tourist is tiring. Fortunately there are cute cafés where we could catch our breath and study the guidebook.

Being a tourist is tiring. Fortunately there are cute cafés where we could catch our breath and study the guidebook.

Wherever you go there are amazing beautiful statues. This bronze lion beneath the monument to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square begged for a picture.

Wherever you go there are amazing beautiful statues. This bronze lion beneath the monument to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square begged for a picture.

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.

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