S: 2009 London
BC: This trip was our best so far! I can't wait to go back! History... Beauty... Excitement... London has it all!!!!!!
FC: London Bound!!!! May 2009
1: All smiles despite the delay!!! | Our plane had issues so we had to leave a day late and spent a lot of time in the Atlanta airport. We did, however, meet really nice people!! | Atlanta Airport
2: We finally made it!
3: We arrived at Gatwick airport and traveled via train to London. We made it to Victoria Station and purchased "tube" tickets and went to our hotel before venturing out. | The Tube
5: Piccadilly Circus London's version of Time's Square
6: National Gallery
7: Trafalger Square
8: Cleopatra's Needle
9: King Darrell | Queen Randa | Cleopatra's Needle is the popular name for each of three Ancient Egyptian obelisks re-erected in London, Paris, and New York City during the nineteenth century. The London and New York ones are a pair, while the Paris one comes from a different original site where its twin remains. Although the needles are genuine Ancient Egyptian obelisks, they are somewhat misnamed as they have no particular connection with Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, and were already over a thousand years old in her lifetime.The London "needle" is one such example, as it is originally the work of 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Thutmose III but was falsely named Cleopatra's needles. originally erected in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis on the orders of Thutmose III, around 1450 BC. Cleopatra's Needle is flanked by two faux-Egyptian sphinxes cast from bronze that bear hieroglyphic inscriptions that say netjer nefer men-kheper-re di ankh (the good god, Thuthmosis III given life). These Sphinxes appear to be looking at the Needle rather than guarding it. This is due to the Sphinxes' improper or backwards installation. The Embankment has other Egyptian flourishes, such as buxom winged sphinxes on the armrests of benches. On 4 September 1917, during World War I, a bomb from a German air raid landed near the needle. In commemoration of this event, the damage remains unrepaired to this day and is clearly visible in the form of shrapnel holes and gouges on the right-hand sphinx. Restoration work was carried out in 2005.
10: In 1691, Sir Christopher Wren designed for Queen Mary II a terrace overlooking the Thames in front of the old river wall of Whitehall Palace built by Henry VIII. This terrace projecting about 70 feet into the bed of the river, was about 280 feet long. As it involved the destruction of an earlier private landing stage a curving flight of steps was made at each end to give access from the Royal Apartments to the State Barge. In 1939 excavations for the new Government Building revealed the river wall of the Tudor Palace, the later terrace wall and the Northern flight of steps. The upper portion of the steps has been repaired and can be seen. A reconstructed length of the terrace can be seen immediately to the left of the steps and a rebuilt section of the river wall behind and above the terrace.
11: Number 10 Downing Street, City of Westminster, London, England Downing Street is an alley in Whitehall Road, City of Westminster, London. Downing Street is located near the British parliament, and not far from Buckingham palace. Number 10 Downing Street is the home office as well as British prime minister lives of more than 200 years. Actually the number 10 Downing Street is known for his black-painted wooden doors and traditional bell-shaped tiger’s head, and ten digits attached to the wooden door of the British prime minister’s house. Because it has historical value, eventually the British prime minister’s house with a door numbered 10, became a tourist attraction visited by many tourists, artists and officials from various countries
12: Cenotaph- Whitehall, London It commemorates specifically the victims of the First World War, but is used to commemorate all of the dead in all wars in which British servicemen have fought. The dates of the First World War and the Second World War are inscribed on it in Roman numerals. The design was used in the construction of many other war memorials throughout the British Empire.
13: Cabinet War Rooms, located beneath the Treasury building in the Whitehall area of Westminster They became operational in August 1939, shortly before the outbreak of war in Europe. They remained in operation throughout the Second World War, before being abandoned in August 1945 after the surrender of Japan.
14: The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell. | Parliament | The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell.
17: The Clock Tower and Parliament- where the House of Lords and House of Commons debate important UK business.
18: World Famous Harrods Department Store | Darrell couldn't resist showing that he could make eyeballs with his candy! | This was our last stop on our first day in London... I was so tired, I think I fell asleep standing up!
19: This place is simply amazing! From food to fabulous clothes... this department store has it all! | Food in a department store? I think "Yes"!
20: Miranda | Darrell | STONEHENGE | Salisbury | It was so cold, and the misty rain didn't help the temperature. This was the only time we had rain on the entire trip. We bought the raincoats we wore in the pictures above because we assumed it would rain more during the trip....lucky us!
22: Bath, England We walked beside steaming pools where Romans walked 2000 years ago!
24: Pump Room Restaurant The movieAmazing Grace had a scene here... I drank the water... it was bad! | Circular Bath Heated Rooms and Plunge Pool
25: The Great Bath This magnificent centerpiece of the Roman baths is a pool, lined with 45 sheets of lead, and filled with hot spa water. It once stood in an enormous barrel-vaulted hall that rose to a height of 40 meters. For many Roman visitors this may have been the largest building they had ever entered in their life. The bath is 1.6 meters deep which is ideal for bathing and has steps leading down on all sides. Niches around the baths would have held benches for bathers and possibly small tables for drinks or snacks.
26: Stratford Upon Avon
27: The birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon
28: The beautiful English countryside between Bath and Stratford.
31: Set in the heart of Royal London at Hyde Park Corner, Wellington Arch is a landmark for Londoners and visitors alike and a great addition to a memorable day out in London. It was originally commissioned as a grand outer entrance to Buckingham Palace and moved to its present site in 1882.
33: Westminster Abbey And Westminster Cathedral
34: St. James Park We walked through the park to get to Buckingham Palace. The best hot dog I ever ate was in this park!!!
36: Queen Victoria | Buckingham Palace | Windsor Crest
37: The Queen was home so we didn't get to tour the Palace. | Guard
38: This trip was not about the food! | Fish and Chips- my favorite British food... by far!
39: Darrell accidentally spilled a whole glass of water on me at Olives. I think he was upset about the awful steak he ate! :)
40: St Paul's Cathedral
43: Windsor Castle
44: The Round Tower in the Middle Ward, built by Henry the 2nd and remodeled in the 19th century
46: Windsor Castle, parts of which date back to the 11th century, is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire.
48: The town of Windsor was really nice. We didn't have an opportunity to explore, but will definitely have to return!
51: We only had about 30 minutes after returning from Windsor to tour this awesome museum, we have to go back! | British Museum | Rosetta Stone
52: The Roman wall in London appears to have been built in the late 2nd or early 3rd century, certainly between 190 and 225, and probably between 200 and 220. | Statue of Trajan in front of a section of the Roman wall, Tower Hill.
55: We visited London during the 500 year anniversary of Henry the V111's coronation. We got to see some of his suits of armor. We also got to see the crown jewels at the tower! | Tower of London | Beefeater
58: EMI's Abbey Road Studios are located at the south-eastern end, at 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood. The Beatles and many other famous popular music performers have recorded at this studio, and The Beatles named their penultimate studio LP Abbey Road. The album's cover photograph shows the four group members walking across the zebra crossing located just outside the studio entrance. As a result of its association with The Beatles, since 1970 this section of Abbey Road has been featured on the London tourism circuit. In December 2010 the crossing was given Grade II Listed Building status by English Heritage.
60: Ben Franklin House: It is the only surviving former residence of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. The house dates from circa 1730, and Franklin lived and worked there for sixteen years.
61: The London Eye It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom