London: Let's go mateys.
Updated: Feb 3, 2018
Today I'm delighted to share with you about London, England. So Bobs your uncle, lets get going! ( If you've read any of 'Her Royal Spyness' books you'll get that, it was my favorite phrase from them!)
So my first time going international, it was to London. Brace yourself for a decently long flight if your from the U.S; not as major as getting to Hawaii though don't worry. I had an overnight flight and when I arrived it was to hit the ground running. Not having slept in 24 hours wasn't going to deter me from jumping right in to see everything. This was my chance and I wasn't going to miss a moment of it. This is another one of those places that you should stay at least for a week to see everything. Alas I was only there for a few days before heading to Brussels, Belgium. If you learn nothing from here but to take more time there then my post is worth it. :)
The Palace of Westminster was very impressive and everyone should stop while there. Even if it is to just to take a look see from the outside and enjoy the view along the Thames River. To take a closer look inside and at the House of Parliament, you can get guided tours that will only take a little over an hour. If you go to this site http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/tours-of-parliament/guided-tours-of-parliament/ they will have all the information about it. Tip: If you prebook your tickets you will get a cheaper rate. Oh and if your going to Westminster, just so you know the iconic Big Ben is part of that!
I loved being on the Westminster Bridge, you could get a 360° view and see many sights at once as you looked along the river.
Next stop: Tower of London. It is a medieval castle originally built as a fortress that now houses the crown jewels. It is over 900 years old and steeped in history full of royalty, prison, and torture. Many famous executions happened there, such as Ann Boleyn and Guy Fawkes. The best part to all this fantastic history is that it is open to the public to view! They will also give you guided tours and regale you with all the stories contained inside. This link will help you out, https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/visit/#gs.RimGmr8 .
While we walked all over the city we needed fortification of course and made sure we dang got it! Not everyone is a fish fan but if you are then you can't
miss getting a classic Fish n' Chips while visiting. It would really be a crying shame. There were many bakeries and coffee places around so we never dwelled at a restaurants long for our morning starts. The evening time is when we chose to sit and refuel from our long days. We tried a place called Queen Victorias Pub and got truffle soup alongside a meat and cheese board with our evening wine. Now isn't that just perfection?
Moving on from food though to more sights (sorry but I can dwell on food for to long). As you tromp through the city stop and see Hydes park, Trafalgar square and the British Museum( the museum isn't called a history treasure trove for nothing; it really is amazing). There are so many things to see in London it would take a couple pages to break it all down but this a blog so my readers don't got time for that, I know. I also know you will stop and see Buckingham Palace.
So let me just mention to you the 'Changing of the Guards'. It was actually very fun. Essentially it's just every 2 hours the guards change. Its a formal ceremony where a
new batch of soldiers comes and relieves all the ones on duty. There is a marching band and parade that plays while they come into formation as they transfer positions. You can sit on the steps of the Victoria Memorial or join the crowds up close to watch. Either way it's a jolly good time and cool tradition to watch.
England is on my list of places to go back to, I hope I piqued your interest and you get a chance to go also. If you've already gone and have other places you recommend feel free to add them in the comment box below, it'd be great to learn from others as well! Toodle pips!
xoxo C.B Malamphy