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London Is Calling

London calls, and I’d love to come running, but sadness befalls me now as I can’t obey.  Too bad.  Well, I’ll just have to write about the rest of my day – Day Two in London which was July 24, 2014 – just over a month ago – and really my first full day.  London has a power over me, I just went there, but I would like to be back there already….oh, well.  Guess I’ll just have to be content looking back at my pictures.

Here is a picture taken at Trafalgar Square close by to our hotel

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

This man seems to fit right in this picture, I don’t think he was the one who vandalized the phone booth with graffiti though, I hope not!

London is calling, excuse the graffiti!

London is calling, excuse the graffiti!

Just a recap, we headed for Buckingham Palace through Green Park (pictures show in my post Enchanting London) and this is before we did that

Picadilly, London

Picadilly, London

Why would I not want to see the Ritz?

The Ritz Hotel, Picadilly

The Ritz Hotel, Picadilly

That night we ate in Chinatown, which is close to Leicester Square.  Normally, I would have opted for Indian food as it is really great in England – where they are not afraid to add the spice, or for English food which is also superb, but my sister who we met up with this evening wanted to try Chinese food, and I’m so glad that we went to this restaurant – the Hong Kong Buffet – I will always remember how delicious the food was.

 

Chinatown, London

Chinatown, London

Do you know the food was extremely delicious at the Hong Kong Buffet?  It was a good price too – only £9.95 per person, compared to what I paid one of the days in a restaurant in Covent Garden.

Chinatown, London

Chinatown, London

That’s my sister going into the restaurant with Chandi – my little girl.

Chinatown, London

Chinatown, London

Sorry about the half eaten food, I forgot to take a picture of it before it got to this stage, but better to show you something rather than nothing!

Hong Kong Buffet, Chinatown, London

Hong Kong Buffet, Chinatown, London

This picture is a little blurry, but I think it shows the atmosphere of Chinatown really well.

Chinatown, London

Chinatown, London

This is where we ate on our first night in London (yesterday evening) – I did not want to eat pizza, I can get Pizza Hut in the USA, but my kids wanted it, so I had to give in.  Tonight, we walked right by it after our meal in Chinatown.

Pizza Hut, Leicester Square

Pizza Hut, Leicester Square

Right next to Pizza Hut in Leicester Square is Burger King – gladly, we did not go there on this trip, but I’m guilty of taking them there on a previous trip.

Burger King, Leicester Square

Burger King, Leicester Square

Okay, so this picture belonged higher up, but I wanted to put it next to the night-time picture of the same place – the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.  We walked past it many times during our five days there, both morning and night.

National Gallery at Trafalgar Square

National Gallery at Trafalgar Square

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

My computer is acting really weird right now, and going ever so slow, I guess I have overworked it with all of my pictures in I-Photo and I think I’m running low on memory.  Anyway, time to go now and enjoy life here in San Diego!  Have a great weekend!

Enchanting London

Day 2 in London started off with a nice view from the hotel:

View from Trafalgar Hotel - Room 305

View from Trafalgar Hotel – Room 305

We explored the lobby area

Hilton Trafalgar Lobby & Bar

Hilton Trafalgar Lobby & Bar

Breakfast was included, and we were allowed one item from the menu as well as the continental breakfast.  The menu offerings were English Breakfast, pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict and a few other items.  Since this was our first full day, we just had to have English Breakfast, which consisted of baked beans, egg, bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes, and black pudding (which I did not eat as this makes me feel a bit uneasy).  

English Breakfast - complete with Black Pudding

English Breakfast – complete with Black Pudding

Here’s a view of our table, and then a view of the restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Now to the outside which beckoned me with all its might.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square area

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

We headed to Charing Cross Station and bought our travel passes – I was told it was best to buy Oyster Cards, that are basically tube and bus passes that you swipe for unlimited travel during a certain period of days.  2 adult Oyster 3 day passes were £60, that contained a £5 refundable deposit per pass – so the net cost was £50, plus £3.60 per day for my son’s travel pass.  London certainly is not cheap for getting around or eating out, but it is well worth it.  These passes can be used unlimited amounts per day and after you have used £8.60 or so up in a day, it won’t take any more from the balance off your card, so you can keep on taking more rides after you have maxed that amount out, and you won’t pay anything further – the key is to at least use it up to the value of £8.60 in that day.  However, I think a single ride is about £2.70 or £3.30 or so, so it makes sense to get the Oyster Pass and you can use it on the red double decker buses (just not the Big Bus sightseeing buses).

The London Underground - Piccadilly Circus

The London Underground – Piccadilly Circus

Oh, the train is here!

The Tube

The Tube

The London Underground

The London Underground

The London Underground

The London Underground

So where to today?  I thought we’d just wander around and might as well start off with Buckingham Palace.  This involved taking the train to Green Park and then walking through the park to the Palace.  We could have walked to Buckingham Palace from our hotel in Trafalgar Square, it would only have been a 12 minute walk or so.

Once we had come out of Green Park station, this is some of what we saw

The Big Bus, London

The Big Bus, London

near the Ritz Hotel

near the Ritz Hotel

Sightseeing bus

Sightseeing bus

London

London

London near the Ritz Hotel

London near the Ritz Hotel

I had always fancied going into the Ritz Hotel, this is a favorite hotel of the well-off, including celebrities and royalty.  Therefore, my curiosity peaked and I could not resist going in.  

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

I can just imagine Princess Diana being welcomed by this employee of the Ritz and then entering the hotel. 

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

Here are some pictures taken in the hotel

The Ritz Hotel, London

The Ritz Hotel, London

Here I am at the Ritz

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

Last one of the Ritz

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

Better stay on track and get to Buckingham Palace – so we headed through Green Park.  English parks are so beautiful, just how parks are supposed to be – with lakes, ducks, and lots of greenery.  The parks in London are some of the best I’ve ever seen.  People in London really make use of the parks, and frequent them often.

Green Park, London

Green Park, London

Here’s my little girl enjoying Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

 Just a nice building I saw in Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Here is that building again

Green Park

Green Park

Here’s an English Bobby (another word for police man) in Green Park

English Bobby in Green Park

English Bobby in Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park with a view of Buckingham Palace

Green Park with a view of Buckingham Palace

We have arrived at Buckingham Palace, every time I see this place – it feels like the first time, and that is how I feel about most of the places in London, they are special to me time and time again.

Guards Marching outside of Buckingham Palace

Guards Marching outside of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace and it's beautiful blooming flowers

Buckingham Palace and it’s beautiful blooming flowers

There’s me and Chandi with the blooming flowers of the Palace behind us

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

This memorial just opposite Buckingham Palace is another must-see and very popular with tourists

QueenVictoriaMemorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

BuckingamPalaceGuard

Buckingham Palace Guard

BuckinghamPalace4

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Informational Sign

Buckingham Palace Informational Sign

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

and yet one more of the Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Gates

Buckingham Palace Gates

Now, I will show you one last photo of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

As we left Buckingham Palace and walked by one London’s many parks – St. James’s Park – so central, just like Green Park, and Hyde Park.  We saw this memorial on the ground – I had to take a picture – I absolutely adored Princess Diana.

Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Walk

Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Walk

We continued on our walk until we got to a tube station that would take us to Westminster, and this is what we saw:

Flowers of London, near Buckingham Palace

Flowers of London, near Buckingham Palace

St. James' Park

St. James’ Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

I take way too many pictures, and just think that each picture is unique in it’s own way.  I don’t want to tire you with all my pictures of Buckingham Palace, and the Parks, but believe me….I have many more!   However, I feel that you can get an insight into life in London – at least with the park pictures, as there are mostly local Londoner’s in the pictures who are on their lunch breaks, and just enjoying the beauty of what is around them.   Next post, I will show you some more of what we saw today on Day 2 (which was our first full day in London).