A Teenager in London

I got off the plane at Gatwick Airport, and stumbled onto a bus, headed for my hotel in greater London. I was still tired from the long trip across the pond, which started around 6:00 the previous evening in Dallas, TX. I slept most of the three hour bus ride from the airport to the hotel, and when I arrived, took another nap to fight off jet lag and the six hour time difference.

After a good rest, I hit the streets to see the sights of London. We had a tour guide, and I began to get well acquainted with him so I could get some of the inside scoop on the places we were going to. One of the first places we went to was Westminster Abbey, I was amazed by that cathedral. People, especially famous people, are buried in the floors and walls of the Abbey. After taking a tour, and seeing the area where Princess Diana’s body was contained, we strolled down the sidewalk, took pictures of Big Ben next to Parliament, and went up the Mill the Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of guard.

I had an interesting conversation with one of the guards, not the ones with the funny hats by the way. They informed us about the security, the changing of the guard and what it is for, and many other interesting things. We finished the day with a stroll over the Tower Bridge, and took pictures of the sunset over the Thames river.

That was just the first full day there. We spent another two days there before heading to Dover to catch a ferry to Calais, France. London is a massive city, as I really didn’t get to explore the city as much as I wanted to. Our tour guide, a native of London, told us that you can live in London for a month, and still not see everything. I’m just glad I had the opportunity to see the sights I could see, and the history of London, from the Tower of London to Cleopatra’s Needle on the Thames, to the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum of Natural History. Going there the first time, just make sure you find a nice British pub to relax after a hard day of sightseeing.

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