S: CARTER'S LONDON ADVENTURE 2011
BC: Brought To You By: Spark & Kimberly Lovings
FC: EUROPE | 2011 | London June 9 to June 15
2: GETTING TO LONDON | we made it | We had a long delay in Cincinnati & missed our London flight so we had a long layover in Chicago | We took a taxi from London Heathrow to our Bed and Breakfast in Windsor. | Luggage lost and then found and finally delivered to our room!
3: WINDSOR CASTLE | We spent our first day at Windsor Castle. Spark got his picture taken in front of the Queen's residence and in front of one of the towers. Carter and Mom got a picture with one of the many guards. We had a great Italian dinner in Windsor and celebrated Mom and Dad's Anniversary
4: TROOPING THE COLOUR | We took a train to London for the Queen's birthday celebration at the Horse Guard's Park. We had tickets in the seated stands which was quite an honor. To get the seats we had to enter a lottery and get help from one of Mom's college friends to pay for the tickets.
6: Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II | HRM Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince William (on the gray horse) | The Scots Guards | The stands where we had seats (Section J, 4 rows up, on the end)
7: The "Flyover" at Buckingham Palace where we saw the "Red Arrows" fly over and the Royal Family on the balcony. We were in the sea of people in front of the Palace!
8: on top of | A wet bus trip to see the sights, including The London Eye | A dry boat trip to see the sights and have some hot chocolate
9: We toured Parliament and learned about the 2 Houses. Carter was mistaken for an English schoolboy since he was dressed so well | BIG BEN
10: A DAY AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY
11: CHANGING OF THE GUARD | Buckingham Palace to the Wellington Barracks
12: TOWER OF LONDON We went to the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower (no pictures allowed) where they lock up the Tower for the night as they have done for the last 700+ years. The Yoemen and the Queen's Guard are in charge of this ceremony and it was a really cool experience
13: The Tower of London has 20 towers, Traitor's Gate, a chance to stand with another guard, and best of all THE CROWN JEWELS, worth the price of admission alone
14: Traveling | byFOOT | a | Millennium Bridge | Tower Bridge | Tower Bridge has to be the most beautiful bridge in the world. We didn't go up in the towers but took a long look down the Thames. There was a lot of building and remodeling going on in preparation for the Olympics and you could see much of it from Tower Bridge. We absolutely had to go over the Millennium Bridge after seeing the havoc wreaked upon it in the Harry Potter movie. The surprise was the framed view of St. Paul's Cathedral at the end
15: Tea at the Savoy with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and desserts | At Carter's favorite restaurant in London, Yo Sushi!, Japanese food/sushi goes by you on a conveyor belt and you choose what you want. Each plate was a different color based on whether it was a meat, appetizer, sushi, etc. dish. At the end they just counted up how many dishes we had of each color and that's how we paid. | We all loved Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre. The music was wonderful and the live orchestra seemed to surprise Carter
16: On our last day in London we enjoyed the Greek section at the British Museum. Carter liked the Rosetta Stone but hated the mummies in the Egyptian area. | THE BRITISH MUSEUM | Carter wanted to follow Harry Potter onto Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station
17: Traveling | byTRAIN | Our main mode of transport in London was the "Tube". It was generally a good experience but the first couple of days with closed lines was difficult | We took the Chunnel to Paris. We brought lunch on the train and it was a very fast trip!
18: Carter's Story Getting to Windsor was hard; when we were at the airport our flight to Chicago was delayed by bad weather and we were so late, we missed our first flight to Heathrow airport. When we switched our flight they never put our bags on the plane we took. They finally delivered our bags later the day we got to Windsor. Windsor castle was very big and impressive. There were lots of rooms that royalty had lived in. In the middle there was a big tower surrounded by a steep hill. The queen has a pack of Corgis that she lets run on that hill. Trooping the Colour was the best thing I saw on the trip. I really liked seeing all the soldiers and the royal family. It rained at it but our seats were under a tree. At the Trooping the Colour flyover, we went to Buckingham palace and on the way mom fell when she went over a fence. They sent every British plane you can think of. The royal family watched all of the planes fly over Buckingham palace.
19: The tour of Parliament was cool; I got to see how British government works. Some of it survived a big fire. We got to see all of Parliament. When we got to our apartment mom thought it was a reception room that he led us into, but it was the apartment. I really liked it that I got my own big bed. I also liked it that the TV was in the room I slept in. I didn`t like the bus tour because it rained. My mom thought the tour guide was funny. I wanted the tour to end. The boat tour was okay, we did get drinks and we got seats inside out of the rain. I got to see the London eye from a better perspective. We also got a view of Shakespeare’s Globe.
20: Carter's Story Continues When we went to the tower of London for the ceremony of the keys, it was really cool to see all the different kinds of guards. When we saw it, it was so serious they told us not to talk. At the end we were wondering how we would get out, then they opened little doors in the gates. Westminster Abbey was big and big for a church. Some of it was under construction. Most people weren`t following the rules by using flash photography. The changing of the guard was cool. The guards had to march through traffic so they were being guided by mounted police to Buckingham palace. The dismounting ceremony was cool. The horse guards were all inspected. The Churchill war rooms were cool. It was an underground headquarters to find out about German bombing. At the end of the war everyone just left everything as it was and went home.
21: Tea at the Savoy was fun. I liked a lot of the food that they put out. I thought I wouldn`t like it because I don`t like tea. I liked the lemonade and the finger sandwiches. The scones were delicious, much better than at home. The tower of London was interesting. We got to see the crown jewels and how they tortured prisoners at the tower. I thought Tower Bridge was cool because of the two towers on it. Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian bridge. The handrails on the bridge were really hot and there were a lot of pigeons and seagulls. Les Miserables was a play set in France at the time of the French revolution. It is about a man who did his time in jail and got out and changed his name and took care of a child whose mother died. When the girl is older she finds a boyfriend who is a rebel. I thought the play was cool because it had gun fights and I liked the music.
22: Carter's Story Continues The British museum was cool. They had the Rosetta stone and lots of Greek artifacts. They also had lots of mummies. I didn’t like the mummies. I’d seen the Rosetta stone in a book and I’d pictured it looking much different, like a pyramid. It was big and I thought it was cool. I thought the Egyptian stuff was creepy. I loved the Greek stuff. I loved all of it because I’m into Greek mythology. The food in London was good. One of the restaurants had an experience, Yo-Sushi. At Yo-Sushi you choose your food from the conveyor belt. At the table there was a button that said help in Japanese that you push when you need something. They had a faucet for sparkling and still water at the table so we could get water and not need them to get it for us. There was a little dispenser for cups for soy sauce for the sushi at the table. They also had a bottle of soy sauce and a cup of wasabi at the table and a whole ton of chopsticks. They calculated our bill by looking at which color plates we got because each food type had a different color plate. Yo-Sushi was my favorite restaurant in London.
23: I also got to try fish and chips. The fish didn’t taste good with vinegar but I liked the fish with tartar sauce and vinegar put together. The fries were good with ketchup. We got to sit at the bar and play cards in the pub where we ate. At most of the places I liked the food. The Chunnel was very boring. Dad fell asleep so we didn`t play cards. He lent me his iPod because my MP3 was dead. I wasn’t excited about going to Paris because I couldn’t speak French. I liked the taxi ride to hotel. ~The End (at least to the London adventure)