Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 1--British Museum, Platform 9 3/4, Camden, Westminster Abbey

Our first day was pretty packed. We got to bed at about 12, because we walked all over town looking for our hotel.

We woke up super early so we could get as much packed in as possible. For breakfast we hit Marks and Spencer, which is a grocery store. Now, let me tell you, it is no Harris's much better.

They have so many selections. We went every day and got something different every day. 

So, we headed onto the tube and got off. It was a tube station that's miles underground, so you have to use an elevator to go up, as opposed to the escalator. We didn't want to wait, so we used the emergency exit stairway. Bad idea. It was a long way up and we were all exhausted by the time we finally got up. 

The British Museum was pretty awesome. It's free, which is always a plus, and the stuff they have there are amazing. First, the have the Rosetta Stone. How cool is that? I almost started crying when I saw it, because it's just so cool.

Rosetta Stone. I was so excited.

Rosetta Stone
 Also, you know the pediment figures at the very top of the Greek Panthenon? Well, they have the ORIGINAL ones at the British Museum. It was pretty amazing to see.

Also, they have real mummies which were cool to see. They have some pretty other amazing things, but these two were definitely the coolest to see.

After the museum, we headed to King's Cross tube station to go to Platform 9 3/4. It took us a little while to find, but it was fun haa.

We decided to head to Camden to do some shopping and eat some lunch there. Now, not every regular tourist goes to Camden. There are definitely some characters there, but they have the best shopping. 

Just a little bit of what Camden looks like.

We had some Chinese food for lunch, and then headed back to the city center.

We planned on going to Westminster Abbey for Evensong at about 5, but had extra time, so we went to a nearby pub. Now, let me just set the scene up for you.

Getting off the tube and walking out and to your right you see the London Eye, and straight ahead you see the towering Big Ben and HP, and in the near distance you can see Westminster Abbey. How much more London could it get?

Let me just say, Westminster Abbey Evensong is a must. We were cheap and didn't wanna pay to get in, so we decided to just go to Evensong instead. What a treat!

Westminster Abbey

I don't know about you, but I got super excited when I walked where Kate walked down the aisle.

For dinner, we headed to a place we stumbled upon last time we came to London. We liked it so much last time, we decided to go back again this time. It is one of the oldest pubs in London, I think. It's called the Cheshire Cheese and it's super good. Just a normal pub meal, but it's super fun inside, and definitely a local place.

When we were walking back to the tube station from dinner, we found the perfect picture spot, so of course we stopped. 

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