A few weeks ago, I was sent on a business trip to the UK. I was able to extend it a few days to get a whole weekend, and bring my wife along as well. Together with my boss, who was also there, we spent the weekend touring London, and taking a bus trip to the sights in the surrounding areas.
London is a great city, with lots to see and do, but it’s too busy for my taste. I like the relaxed pace of life in Amsterdam. It’s such a sidewalk cafe type city, whereas London is a pub city. Life is spent indoors there, and more outdoors here, even though the climate is pretty much the same. Anyways, on with the pictures.
We arrived on a Friday evening, but on Saturday we woke up bright and early to take the bus. Our first stop was Windsor Castle, which is the full-time residence of the Royal Family. While there, we were able to see the changing of the guard, though I didn’t get any good pictures of it.
Next on the agenda was a quick stop at Stonehenge. The tour guide was making fun of it, saying it was just a quick stop so everybody could take pictures of a bunch of rocks. Turns out that’s pretty true. Stonehenge is in the middle of nowhere, and there isn’t really anything to do besides walk around it (they keep you 20 yards away from it at all times) and take pictures. Not much in the way of signs or explanations. After 20 minutes, we were back on the bus.
From there, we journeyed to the city of Bath. I have to say, this was the part of the tour I was least looking forward to, but upon arriving, I was surprised. Bath is a beautiful city, and the ruins of the Roman Bath are pretty interesting. I would definitely go back. I wouldn’t want to spend more than a day or two there, because ultimately it’s just a small city, but it was pretty.
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (aka Bath Abbey) was right next door to the Roman Baths.
After some questionable driving by our bus driver, we arrived back in London late at night. The next day, we set out to see London proper, and decided the best way to see it is on foot. Our hotel was near King’s Cross station, and not too far of a walk from plenty of tourist attractions. We saw Trafalgar Square, which leads right to Buckingham Palace. The road to the Palace has a large gate, similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (or Brussels) called the Buckingham Gate.
Walking around a bit more, we found “Little Big Ben”
Before finally seeing the real thing.
Finally, I’m not the biggest fan of “Selective Color” images, but my wife took this picture of 3 of London’s “pop culture” icons, and since they’re all red, I think it works.