London part 1

Well, we are finally back!!!  Actually we’ve been back for a while and I’ve been writing this post for a while.  Honestly, there is just so much to say that I don’t know where to start and I kind of find it overwhelming.  London and Paris were great, but we all know that there is no place like home.  It’s nice to sleep in your own bed, even if it’s crappy and nice to take a shower with some water pressure.  We loved both cities.  However, London was a big surprise, we didn’t expect to love it as much as we did.  We saw so much, it feels like it’s been months since we’ve been to London, but it’s only been about a week.  I guess when the days are jam packed with seeing new things, it feels like weeks.  I am sure you all know what I’m taking about.

First thing about London is all the national museums are free.  I know that museums is a very small portion of money spent on the trip, but come on who doesn’t love free?  We went to the London National Gallery to check out some of the impressionists.  I love impressionist art, especially Monet and Renoir.  There was plenty Monet (water lily paintings are my favorite), Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro.  We also saw Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers.  Of course, we could have spent days there, but we saw what we liked and left.  Our next museum stop we the British Museum.  Here are some of the pictures I took there:

The British museum is huge and absolutely amazing.  Here is the view of the indoor “yard”, I am not sure what to call it:


Burial of a man who died in 2100 BC

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Egyptian “mummies” and the reason I will never eat beef jerky again…thanks to David.


Egyptian pharaoh’s.  Seriously, there is so much stuff from Egypt in the British Museum that it’s amazing that there is anything else left anywhere in the world.  Goes to show what an amazing civilization Egypt was.

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And one of the most famous attractions, The Rosetta Stone:


There is so much in the London Museum from Iran, India, the Greeks, the Romans.  I guess that’s what happens when you colonize half the world.  Again, you can spend months there.

And the final museum that we went to is the Imperial War Museum, which also did not disappoint.

In front of the Imperial War Museum

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David checking out old tanks and other weaponry.

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I had to take a picture of the Soviet Poster that says ” Beat the enemy without pity” and the old Soviet flag.

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The museums were great, but our favorite activity was the London Walks.  We got the idea from the Trip Advisor.  London Walks got great reviews from everyone, so we decided to check it out.  Basically, it’s a 2 hour walk around the city with a guide.  The first walk we went on was Old Westminster by Gas Light.  Here is the description from their website.

This is the cornerstone, the seminal London Walk. Miss it and you’ve missed London. For Old Westminster is London at its grandest: the place where kings and queens are crowned, where they lived, and often were buried. It’s the forge of the national destiny, the beating heart of the Empire, the Mecca of politicians throughout the ages.

It was absolutely phenomenal.  The guide was entertaining, knowledgeable and had our attention for 2 hours straight (believe me it’s not an easy task).  There is so much fascination history with murder plotting, affairs, lies…very juicy stuff.  The fact that the walk was at night made it even more interesting and mysterious.   We found the walk so good that we went on 2 more the following day, The Secret London and Old London, both were good.  However, Old Westminster was the best.  Some pictures from the walk:

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Cannon gun reused as a light post.


Victorian architecture:

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We went into many old churches during the walk that were built by famous architect Christopher Wren.  Christopher Wren rebuilt a big chunk of London after the fire of 1669.  This church, in my opinion is the most beautiful church I’ve ever been to in my life, it was simple, bright and warm, something I cannot say about most churches.  I guess gothic churches kind of freak me out. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name.

Altar at the church:

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View of the church:


Perhaps the most famous Christopher Wren creating is the St. Paul’s cathedral:

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Inserting all these pictures takes forever, sorry to be so whiny, but it is time consuming.  Got to run and catch up on laundry, since our washing machine can only wash two things at one time.  Yep, another one of those things that I am really going to appreciate when we are back to US.  Of course much more to come and hopefully it will not take me so long next time.

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