S: England April 2012
FC: Trish and Kaylee England April 2012
1: April 11th to April 19th. Arrived in London 8 am on the 12th | We stayed at the Montana Kensington Hotel | YES! this is the Eiffel Tower!
2: Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
4: Kaylee and the Beatles (and some mystery kid) | Kaylee and the Beatles | Still at Madame Tussaud's Museum
7: Madame Tussaud's was first established in 1802 with a traveling exhibition and has been at it's current location since 1884
8: The grounds around Buckingham Palace
10: area around Buckingham Palace
17: Trafalgar Square area
18: The London Eye opened in March 2000
19: There are 32 capsules each weighing 10 tonnes. Each rotation takes about 30 minutes. In total, the Eye can hold about 800 passengers. | The height is about 135 meters, and on a clear day you can see up to 40km away.
20: London Eye area
22: London Eye area
23: London Eye area
24: Views from Thames River cruise
26: Big Ben | Millenium Bridge
27: along the Thames | Oxo Building | The Oxo building was built in the late 1800's and redesigned in 1928. Advertising was banned on the waterfront, so the designer included features on the tower windows that "coincidentally" looked like a circle and cross and a circle.
28: Our day trip to Paris | We took the Eurostar train, about a 2 hour trip, and were picked up from our hotel about 4:30 AM. The train uses the English Channel tunnel which is about 250 feet deep and about 23 miles long.
29: The Eiffel tower. I can't believe it.
30: The next few pages are all Paris, train station,architecture. city streets. We went up the Eiffel Tower, took a cruise on the River Seine, and visited the Louvre.
33: Driving around Paris. | We could not believe that we would actually fit in that narrow opening ahead. But we did. With inches to spare.
34: In our bus getting a city tour.
38: Views from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower
40: From the Eiffel Tower | From the Eiffel Tower
42: Gift shop chaos
43: The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel for the World's trade fair. It stands 1050 ft tall. | The elevator goes up on an angle.
44: Just across from the Eiffel Tower by the bank of the Seine River.
47: Our cruise on the Seine
50: There are 37 bridges across the River Seine in Paris. | There are 37 bridges across the River Seine in Paris.
57: Notre Dame de Paris. Completed in 1345.
61: Inside the Louvre. The museum itself was first established in 1793, but the Louvre Palace began as a fortress in the late 12th century. The Palace structure has evolved since the 16th century. Unlike many other museums, they do not prohibit cameras.
68: The museum was not really crowded that day, but it was hard to get close to the Mona Lisa. Painted in about 1506, she is 30 x 21 inches. So small for one of the most famous paintings in the world.
74: More streets of Paris
79: Back in London-Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Parliament Building area
80: Tower Bridge. Back on the Thames river again, on our way to Greenwich. | The bridge was built between 1886 and 1894
81: along the Thames
83: The Cutty Sark, originally built in 1869, which was nearing renovation completion (necessary due to a fire in 2007)when we were there. It officially reopened for public viewing on April 26th. The reno cost 50 million pounds.
84: This was not a typical cab or driver in Greenwich, I would say more like one of a kind.
85: Greenwich is a world heritage site and the home of Greenwich Mean Time. GMT was established in 1884.
90: Whitechapel church on the Jack the Ripper tour. There has been a church on this location since the year 1100. The present church was built in 1820.
91: Jack the Ripper victims are linked to the Ten Bells pub which has been in this location since 1851. Spitalfields Market has been a market site since 1638, and is across the street from the Ten Bells pub.
92: Sherlock Holmes pub which holds a collection of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia, photos of tube stations. Opposite page-inside Harrod's. Established in 1834, the store has 330 departments on 7 floors across 4.5 acres and is the largest store in the U.K.
94: Windsor castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and dates back 1000 years.
95: Windsor Castle
98: The city of Bath can be traced back to the year 863BC, archaeological evidence shows human activity as far back as 8000 years ago. | Bath Abbey. There has been a religious house at this location since 675AD. The current Abbey dates back to 1499.
110: Stonehenge is located about 85 miles from London. Archaeologists believe the stones were erected somewhere between 3000BC to 2500BC. There are many theories as to the purpose of Stonehenge-a healing center, a burial ground, a worship site, a calendar. The bluestone used in the smaller inner circle is believed to have been transported from Prescelly mountain which is about 240 miles away. Each stone weighs 4 ton. The outer ring sarsen stones weigh about 50 ton each and are believed to have been transported from Marlborough Downs, about 20 miles away.
120: About London on our final day. We covered a lot of territory. Back to Kensington Palace, Wimbledon, the Tower of London, Camden town....
121: The two pictures below are from The Wimbledon Park area. It was cold and rainy and we traveled into zone 3. | Flower market....somewhere
122: The Tower of London. Founded in the year 1066, it houses the crown jewels.
124: There was a zoo on site at the Tower of London as early as 1251 and as late as 1835. these statues are made from chicken wire.
125: The picture on right is an award posted in the woman's bathroom. Is it more curious that they actually have a "Loo of the year" award, or that this bathroom has not won since 1995?
127: We ate lunch at Dirty Dick's, one of London's most historic pubs, which we came upon by accident. It was established in 1745 and has quite a history. We then visited Petticoat Lane, nearby. There has been a market at this location since at least 1590.
128: We made our way back to Spitalfields Market, and came across a fashion show. Fascinating....
130: St. Paul's Cathedral. There has been a church on this site since the year 604 AD. The present church was completed in 1710.
131: Shrek the musical-the best thing EVER. Electric car. Rental bikes. Covent Gardens.
132: Camden town area. Loved it here, and wished we had more time. Great shopping, people watching, restaurants, pubs...