Saturday, July 9, 2011

Visiting London - Part 2

The girls at the gates of Buckinham Palace.

It really is quite a regal estate. As you can see, the flag is flying
so that means that the Queen is in residence. It's really much bigger
than what you can see here, taking up a large city block.

The beautiful Victoria Monument in front of Buckingham Palace.

The Queen's Guard, the "Blues and Royals" riding to the

changing of the mounted guard at the Horse Guards Arch.

The girls standing on The Mall, with Buckingham Palace in the background.

Inside the British Museum in the Great Court.

It's an architectural masterpiece.

Oh My Gosh! It's the Rosetta Stone!

It really is amazing to see all these ancient artifacts

that up until now we'd only read about.

Surrounded by more grand ancient artifacts at the British Museum.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Magnificent!

Buckingham Palace from the London Eye.

The London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered

observation wheel. The views are amazing!

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament along the River Thames.

Sometimes you've just got to do the tourist stuff.

Here we are the following day with family members

at the top of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

What an amazing and gorgeous cathedral!

Views of London from the top of St. Paul's.

This is the cathedral that Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married in.

There's the London Eye in the distance.

You can see how huge it is when you compare it to the

tall buildings around it.

The girls and Watson at the Sherlock Holmes museum.

Emily and a man from Scotland Yard.

Karl looking very distinguished with his hat and pipe!

London is full of gorgeous parks. We visited

Queen Mary's Gardens in Regent's Park.

They have over 400 varieties of roses in this enormous park!

We were fortunate enough to visit when the roses

were blooming. The flowers and their scent were beautiful.

Karl and Leah on a bridge in Regent's Park.

Arlene and I watching the ducks in

Regent's Park.

We had such a wonderful time exploring London but it was just a taste of all that lovely city has to offer. I am hoping to return and bring Daniel next time to see more of London. Leah had such a great time that she is now working and saving to buy a plane ticket to join us when we go. You truly cannot do it all /see it all in one visit. We didn't wear out our welcome, thankfully. Our family across the pond has already asked us when we're going to return. :)


Emily said...

I love these photos! I want to go back!!

Leah Marie said...

Wow, this is making me miss England so much! I’ll be counting down the days until we can return:)


♥ Kimmi's Corner ♥ said...

Looks like awesome fun. I wish I could go to England!!! Your girls are all so beautiful.<3

Farmchick said...

I enjoy these posts! England is such a beautiful place.

Auntie Cake said...

Looks like you had a great time! And London is a great city to be a tourist in! So many wonderful things to see!

Hope you are having a great summer, can't believe it's the middle of July already!

pilgrimscottage said...

Your trip makes me want to go visit England. The garden looks gorgeous and I wonder how many rooms at the B. palace the queen really uses? It's HUGE!

Katherine Sophia said...

It all looks so fun! And that's cool you got to see family while over there. The trip sounds great! :)