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Many people have asked me what part of my trip I liked the best, and that is impossible to answer. This was 2 different trips in one. Departing from the countryside in Germany to arriving in the literal center of London was quite a change. I loved both parts so much, it would be like choosing your favorite child or, for me, deciding on my favorite season. So much good in all!
|King's Cross Railway station|
|A very tired Debi in the garden at last|
|One corner of beauty|
|I got to sit here and you should all be jealous|
|Water feature and Japanese maple- perfect|
|Parthenon frieze portion|
|WHY no more pictures of this??|
|Interior of the British Museum|
So Mark had to work on Thursday when I arrived, as well as the next day, so I got a quite expert tour of the central part of the city by my favorite English person ever. I didn't even take my camera on the first afternoon as I was so over toting heavy things around that I just needed to be free. We walked all over and saw so many buildings and parks and points of interest. And the last stop we made for the afternoon was at the British Museum- which I had intended to get back to, but only saw it the one time. And it was about 3 or 4 blocks away from their flat! YOU GUYS I SAW THE ROSETTA STONE AND THE PARTHENON FRIEZES!!!! I had a moment. I actually had several. We got there only about 45 minutes before the museum closed, so didn't have a ton of time. I saw lots of Greek and Egyptian sculpture and it was just glorious. Obviously I have to get back and see more. In case you are not an art person, this was a really REALLY big deal.
|This was the best view - wine glass in hand|
|No deer to eat all the plants either|
|And on the double decker bus with Jonny!|
|I believe this was the Dickens Inn|
|I don't even remember what this was....|
I was just looking at a map of London and it is so fun to see the names of so many places that I was. Including the Subway stops! I am really murky on what was when but the names like Russell Square, King's Cross, Charles Dickens highlights, etc. I saw just so much in 5 short days that it is a jumble I hope to sort out when I start adding photos. I may have to edit portions if Mark or Jonny have something to add or change.
|I love wrought iron gates|
|One of the things I found interesting was how actually I wanted to know about history in Europe. In school history was a massive snooze. ugh. But here I was constantly questioning- this is some remnants of the bombings in London.|
|I love the symmetry of this old Justice building|
|I can't quite remember this - but obviously it is an old part of the city that has been excavated and preserved|
|Tower of London (had no desire to go in, but loved seeing the outside)|
|Tower of London - such interesting stories of this place|
|I LOVED how so many of the big buildings had colorful names- like the Shard!|
|The Thames is a tidal river, and this dock rises and falls with the tides- who knew??|
|Another view of the Tower of London|
|Tower Bridge (not London Bridge, which is actually quite boring)|
|This is sort of a hard to find passage way to the Barbicon properties....|