Before I talk about our day in England today, I am going to put in some pictures from yesterday. If you read my blog from yesterday, you would have seen a brief explanation of what we did. Here is a recap:
Yesterday (Sunday), we flew from Dublin to London and then we met Tina, my godmother. (“Teeney, as I call her.) She had just flown in from Phoenix, Arizona. We then went to the “tube” station (the train system here in London) at the airport and rode it to a station near our hotel. The small hotel we are staying at is called the Golden Strand Hotel.
After checking in, we made our way to the Ambassadors Theater in order to see STOMP. (We made it to the theater just 5 minutes before the show started because we had trouble with directions). If you don’t know what this is, click here to find out more. Essentially it is a group of percussionists who can make a beat out of anything! They used match boxes, brooms and even kitchen sinks! It was an amazing show!
Following STOMP, we found a little diner called “Ed’s.” It was a tiny little American diner that was full of people! We each had a burger and/or a cheeseburger and fries. Teeney and I also ordered dessert. I had a waffle and ice cream and she just had plain vanilla ice cream. Everything was so delicious. It was a wonderful way to end the day.
On to today… It was so awesome!
We started the day eating complimentary breakfast at our hotel. Everyone ate scrambled eggs and toast. I also had strawberry yogurt, a croissant, and orange juice.
After breakfast we got ready to take on the day! We began by walking down to the “Hammersmith” tube station. It was about a 15 minute walk. The train was VERY full because it was rush hour. We were squished for the half an hour we were on the train. Finally we made it to the station we needed to get off at… “Green Park.” It was only about 5 minutes before we made it to Buckingham Palace!
Buckingham Palace was so amazing. There was gold practically everywhere!!!!! First we took pictures of the palace outside. Then we stood in the queue (line) and waited for our 9:30 tour to begin. My mom and Tina ordered the tickets for the tour in March… It was very busy! The inside of the palace was so wonderful. We saw numerous drawing rooms, the ballroom, two picture galleries and the carriage the Queen rides in. We even saw a room that had a secret passageway behind a mirror for the Queen to enter from her private quarters! The digital tour guide we had was very informative and I learned a lot. Overall, I enjoyed this experience very much! I was unable to take pictures inside, but here are some pictures from the outside of the palace:
Selfie x 2!
Elegant Flowers in the Queen’s Garden!
If you would like to learn more about Buckingham Palace, click here. Overall, our experience at Buckingham Palace was amazing.
After Buckingham Palace, we walked to a nearby ticket shop to buy tickets for a “Hop on, Hop off” tour bus.
We then found a bus station and hopped on! Along our journey we saw many neat buildings and other things:
The picture on the left is the front of Saint Paul Cathedral (where the Royal wedding of Diana and Charles took place). The picture on the right is a different angle of the cathedral.
All of the pictures above are of the Tower Bridge. It was such a cool experience to ride the bus on it!
After sightseeing, we made it back to our hotel and then headed out to dinner. We went to little place called “The Bird in Hand” for dinner. I had a steak and everyone else had Margherita Pizza. Then I had ice cream (again! I also had it at Buckingham Palace) and my Grandma had cheesecake. Again, it was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
Tomorrow my grandma leaves and we are very sad to see her go, but we had an awesome trip!
Thank you for reading! Stay tuned to hear about our journey to Scotland in the coming days. 😃