One must see Stonehenge at least once in their life but I have had the privilege of seeing it two times. It was my husband’s first trip to the UK. Any trip to the UK is not complete without a visit to those ancient rocks,
We visited as part of a 3 part day tour.
The stone structure has been thought of to have many different purposes over the years. Recent opinion dictates that it was a burial ground. In nearby lands you will see many mounds that had the same purpose.
No matter what their purpose was they are still a fascinating sight to see.
Animals on adjacent farmlands.
As a side trip from London we took a day tour to Bath, Stonehenge and The Cotswolds. For our visit to the Cotswolds we stopped in the lovely town of Lacock. Lacock is a charming and well preserved stone village. We enjoyed spending some time wandering around this sleepy town.
Lacock is the perfect town to stop in at for a tea and a snack on your way to some other great sights in the area.
One can spend a whole week in London and not get the full fill of the city. Below are some of the highlights from my last trip.
Nearby is the location of the first performance of Punch and Judy puppet show.
The famous Westminster Abbey
We didn’t visit it but admired it from afar.
Another big ben photo op.
Visit to Paddington Station
Paddington is getting a lot of press lately due to his upcoming movie.
It is hard to see but “Miso Hungry”
We took a walk to the gorgeous views at The Regent’s Park to bask in the sun.
Later we ate the Persian restaurant Sadaf.
I loved my lamb biryani.
Honey Cocoa Cake
We walked by this place and all of its delightful sweets.
And yummy looking prepared foods.
Part of a day was spent at the Science Museum which is located in a complex of museums that includes the Natural History Museum (which we skipped due to long lines).
The science museum was nice but next time we will definitely visit the natural history museum instead.
One day in London we explored the Tower of London. This was my first visit to the tower since my coach tour skipped it last time.
The tower served many of purposes over the years. It served as a home, an armoury, a treasury, a fortess, etc. Many rulers had their way with the fortress over the years.
Henry III was a particularly odd one with some sort of weird obsession with animals. He had a menagerie here. I am not 100% sure but I think he is responsible for these monkey statues.
We got to learn about life in the court. Those people ate a bunch.
Remember when I was talking earlier about Henry III? He had many animals one of which was a polar bear gifted to him. I am pretty sure the animals didn’t have a long life span given some of the descriptions in the tower exhibits.
Now we get to all the fun stuff. Lots of horse statues.
And a messed up dragon.
And you always need to stop and watch these guys with those hats.
Ravens are big here too. They kind of own the place.
After the tower we went to go get a snack to eat. Carlos ended up making some close friends.
While we snacked we see a nice view of the Tower Bridge. We skipped the visit to the bridge and admired it from afar.
A walk along the Thames leads us to this L’eggs shaped building.
After our walk we decide to visit the Banquet Hall since admission is free as part of the tourism pass we purchased. Outside we saw some protesters.
The Banquet Hall wasn’t all that exciting to visit but I did dig this hallway.
Some more walking around town leads us to some interesting sites.
Another beautiful day in London in the books.
My first visit to London was in 1995. It was brief and I had my first case of major jetlag.
When my cousin Cody moved there I decided it was time to give it another visit.
London proved challenging to find decent budget accommodations. The prices are up there with New York prices (or higher). We settled on paying a bit more for a room in an Victoria Townhouse near Kensington Gardens. We weren’t too far from the tube and in walking distance to Notting Hill and many attractions. Our room had this lovely terrace.
The hotel was called the London Vicarage Hotel. I just learned that the hotel just closed November 2014 after 50 years of service. It really was a great location and you felt like you were living in another time in history.
To start our sightseeing we started at the nearby Victoria and Albert Museum. It was a great museum that is free to visit (they have a donation box). There was a David Bowie costume exhibit that I really wanted to see but it was hard to get a time to visit and I couldn’t get my companions to go with me (and it cost $$). We did get to see this amazing Chihuly chandelier though.
My cousin met up with us at the museum and we did a tour of the place then went out for a walk in Kensington Gardens (Connected to Hyde Park – Central Park in NY is the equivalent of Hyde and Kensington Gardens combined).
It was a nice walk on a cold sunny day. There are many trails for use. My cousin and I decided we never want to grow up and posed by the Peter Pan statue.
Later we met up with Randy and had dinner at a french restaurant. Côte is a chain restaurant in London but provided the service and quality of a fancy french brasserie.
Another day we wander around town and I have to point out places of interest.
Walking along the Thames
Houses of Parliament
More Big Ben
Paddington Station (with Paddington Bear)
The Regent’s Park
It was a nice time to visit family and enjoy everything that London has to offer.