One of the perks of having your husband work in international business is the opportunity to travel with him when he has meetings for business. This time, we went to London. A couple of years ago, we stopped in London for just 2 days with the hopes of getting into Wimbledon, but unfortunately, Andy Murray was playing that day and the lines were much too long. We knew we would have to make another trip back to London to actually get a chance to see some of the sights. Luckily, that opportunity came sooner than we expected. While my husband was in meetings, I tried to see as many sights as possible.
The British Library has so many interesting historical documents (like the Magna Carta from 1200 a.d.) and original lyrics written by the Beatles, or an original Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem of “How do I Love Thee.” There is a cafeteria and restaurant on the second floor also.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is in walking distance of our hotelI was surprised to find this building is actually St. Pancras underground station.
It was a cold, rainy day.Soho–arts districtStreet performersHe actually made great music with his bottles, suitcase, and pans!Interesting that this park has a William Shakespeare and Charlie Chaplin statuesThe National GalleryVan Gogh’s SunflowersYounger Rembrandt self-portraitI was fascinated to watch this lady paint a replica of the older Rembrandt portrait (so talented)!
I’ve always loved Degas’ ballet drawings. The museum had a special collection from Scotland. I enjoyed seeing the paintings and pastels in person!
Skyline at Sunset
Kensington is my favorite area of London–the streets remind me of Georgetown (in D.C.) with condos, restaurants, and shops. I like the wide streets and that everything is clean and neat!I love gelato and am always on the lookout for a Gelato shop!The Victoria & Albert Museum–a collection of art from around the world founded by Queen VictoriaFashion through the ages exhibitThe museums houses a collection of replicas from the art in Italy in life-size sculptures. This was so that British people who could not afford to travel to Italy could see the works of the masters.In the middle of the museum is a small pond where many people were enjoying their lunches.Special exhibit of Winnie the Pooh–how the author and illustrator came up with the stories and artHyde Park–crowns on the gate!statue honoring Prince AlbertI’ll never get used to cars driving on the opposite side of the street! A butcher shop with lots of meats in the window displayDelicious pizza at the Franco Manca–just like they make in Rome!White Tower and the Tower of London at night!Gorgeous view at night!!
Beefeaters do the tours of the White TowerA short version of the changing of the guardThe Crown Jewels are totally amazing–such incredible jewels–the size of the diamonds and jewels is unbelievable! Worth the admission to see these jewels and the Queen’s crown!Cold, snowy morning! Wonderful time visiting London!