Arriving in London and going to church.
01.06.2014 - 01.06.2014
Day 3 Day in the city.
Today we did a walking tour lead by Leah and André. We saw Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, New Scotland Yard, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, Nelson's Column, Buckham Palace where we saw thw Changing of the Guard, St James Park, Covent Garden, the Tower of London, Picadilly, and Fortnum and Masons (a fancy shop).
A Covent Garden we wandered around among the markets and listened to an opera singer who was entertaining the crowds. Downing Street was fenced off so the public couldn't walk past No. 10. But Christine has heard that officilly it idfs still a public road and anyone who insists upon it is allowed to go down there but no dobt would be extensively searched first. At St James Park we loved the cheeky squirrels running here and there, differently coloured ducks and pretty gardens with lakes, fountains and sculptures. We walked through the park to get to the place where the Royal Guards come out of the Barracks to march down to Buckingham Palace. Then we sped down to the other corner to watch the guards leave the palace. Then when the crowds were gone we went to the front of the palace to get a good view. Then we walked into Green Park which was lovely too.
While we were watching some soldiers marching on a parade ground we were approached by a soldier asking us if we would like to buy tickets to their 350 year celebration Beating the Retreat the following night. We decided that would be an interesting thing to do so bought tickets (hoping he wasn't a scam artist - but pretty sure he was legit considering all the advertising for it around him, the flash looking tickets he was selling and the fact that here were soldiers in the proximity).