On our first day in London, we got very lucky to receive the full English experience. We couldn’t have dreamt it any better than it turned out. Usually on vacation, we hope for beautiful sunny weather without a cloud in the sky. But when in London, rain is part of everyday life. We were excited to experience the UK lifestyle to the fullest.
Our first order of business was to go see the Buckingham Palace and the exchange of the guards. But, due to the rain, the exchange of the guards was canceled. We were secretly hoping to see the queen. We would have settled for Princess Catherine or even Prince William, but none of the above happened. So, like all the other tourists we walked around the Palace taking pictures from every angle possible. We were so excited to be there we enjoyed the rain.
On the grounds of the Buckingham Palace are beautiful statues and water fountains. The amount of detail that are incorporated is unbelievable and as always pictures don’t do it justice. When visiting the Buckingham Palace take time to explore all sides of the palace.
And have some fun while doing so. Life’s too short to take is seriously.
Even though the exchange of the guards was canceled, we were even lucky enough to see the guards come in on the horses as we were finding our exit. The guards are no joke. Just like the movies, they do not interact with anyone, no expression or emotion as if we weren’t even there. The uniforms are pristine with vibrant red, black and gold colors.
No matter rain or shine, when in London jump on a red iconic double-decker bus. Sit on the top deck and explore the classic ancient architecture. It’s surreal to be in a country where kings and queens still exist, where movies are filmed and booked written about. So, take a moment to soak it all in and watch life happen from the second story of the red bus.
Get off in the City and go for a stroll, through the small tiny allies on the cobble stone streets and see where you end up. Our stroll led us to a market hall, so we went shopping. The market had some very unique and interesting items, perfect for souvenirs. They had street entertainers inside the hall that attracted large groups of what I presume to be tourists. Inside the market hall you can also grab a bite to eat or a drink if you get tired.
(He was excited to find the market)
However, we decided to skip the food at the market and do something a bit more custom. After freezing in the rain we indulged in some classic English afternoon tea. We defrosted with a cup of tea from a flowery china set with a beautiful piece of pastry. Must I say, it tasted just like it looked. So, after you get your paparazzi on dig right in. Take a bite and pass it on so that everyone gets a taste of the different variety.
After already an eventful first day, we decided to make one more stop. Since we didn’t get to see royalty at the Buckingham Palace, we decided to view where the Prince and Princess got married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of the city. Camera’s are not allowed inside so I apologize for the less than perfect photos. The Cathedral is a very popular tourist attraction and very crowded but don’t hesitate to make your way around, light a candle and image Princess Catherine in her white lace wedding dress walking down the aisle.
Travel Tip: Pack an umbrella if you’re planning on visiting London. We checked the weather before leaving and there was no rain on the forecast. We ended up buying umbrellas and spending non-budgeted money.
If you had the chance to ask the Queen one question, what would it be?