This is my first ever view of England below as we descended below the cloud cover, coming closer and closer to the beautiful country below ----
And then the countryside ended and big city began. We touched down in Heathrow. ENGLAND!
This is such a dream come true for me. English linage on both my dad’s mother’s and father’s side. My bloodlines flow through England, and I want to discover this country of my heritage.
After making it through immigration and gathering our luggage, we assembled as a group in the area outide of baggage claim, meeting up with Jim West from Sew Many Places, and our guide who would take us on a city tour of popular sites, filling up our morning and early afternoon as we couldn’t check into our hotel until 3pm.
I have taken SO many photos that I honest don’t know where to begin! I’m going to have to break it into chapters…and is there any place better to start than Buckingham Palace?
CROWDS of people!
Every nationality you can imagine seems to be vacationing in London, England!
Mounted brigade of guards on horseback!
Awesome royal gates!
This is because I can’t believe I’m standing in front of Buckingham Palace!
Beautiful parks with walking trails surround the palace grounds.
Yes I took shots from every angle..can you see the flag flying?
Our guide walked us to some really great areas with good vantage points…but it was SO CROWDED!! Everyone wants a piece of royal. But think of the history that has happened here…gives me goose bumps!
Changing of the guard!
Guy across the yard from the OTHER guy…
I took a little video of what it was like to see the guards change. Of course there is a huge benefit in being TALL..I could shoot over short people’s shoulders. Kind of herky jerky, but I think you can get it. Fun to watch, and steeped in tradition.
Oh yes, I definitely heart London!
More to follow over the next couple of weeks, I’m sure it will take me that long just to post everything from this ONE DAY! And there are many more days to come.
Shop window display
Wifi is limited at this hotel. It’s only free in the lobby, which means I write the post in my room on the 4th floor, editing photos and using Windows Live Writer, and then trek the computer down to the lobby to hook up to the wifi and publish the post from there. Not super convenient, but the free lobby price beats the 14 POUNDS a day price for wifi in my room. That’s like almost $28 per day for wifi when I’m not spending that much time in my room.
Tomorrow is the Victoria & Albert Museum!