June 9th (day 3)
We had a traditional English breakfast: eggs, cooked tomatoes, cooked mushrooms, bacon (like our ham). We even tried Black Pudding (I had no idea what it was or what it was called until AFTER I tried it. . .YUCK! It's made up of blood- thus the black color, and a variety of different meaty parts). Then we took the tube to the tower of London . We had a tour with a Beefeater and then saw the crown jewels and the White tower. It was one of my favorite things to see in London. We had a delicious lunch of fish and chips, sausage roll, and butter and jam cake. Then we walked out on the Tower Bridge and then back along the Thanes Walk to The Bourough market. We bought a yummy Pain de chocolat to share. Then we walked by the Globe theater and over the millennium bridge to St. Paul's Cathedral. It was closed so we took a doubledecker bus to Covent Gardens and then walked to leicester Square and had Haagen Daas Ice Cream. We walked through China Town, found our theater and then went to a McDonald's to use wifi. We were able to see the play Les Miserable which was absolutely spectacular. I could see it again and again! They even had a couple original cast members. After we walked past Leicester square, then Trafalgar square in hopes it would be illuminated (it wasn't) so we headed down to Big Ben. We walked and saw The Thames, then took the tube to Victory and to our hotel.
I had to note all the different signs/phrases they use in London. After riding the tube for a few days, you can't help but have this phrase running thru your head since it is played aloud over and over!
One of the Beefeater's. It's a very sought after military position, so it is an honor to be a Beefeater. They give amazing tours at the Tower of London, explaining much of London's history. The White TowerChapel inside the Tower. Liked how it looked with the light coming thru the windows.Notice the pointed building in the background. . .it's in a lot of movies.Tower Bridge.View from the bridge.London BridgeShakespeare's Globe TheatreSt. Paul's Cathedral