Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 8 (April 10): London

center of Westminster Bridge
We started out taking the bus to Parliament/Westminster Abbey.  (Parliament was closed and we've been in the Abbey before so just looked around outside.)  Walked from there down to Westminster Cathedral (Catholic) and looked in.  Then walked over to the Royal Mews where we got lunch and then took a guided tour through (where the royal horses and coaches are housed and cared for).

Gold State Coach
Then walked down to and around Buckingham Palace (we've watched the Changing of the Guard before so didn't need to do that today) and along St. James Park, through the Horse Guard Parade to get a quick view of 10 Downing St. (Interestingly enough we actually saw a family that attends our church back in NC while walking along, but we don't know their names and they were walking on the other side of the street so I didn't holler hello...)

it's back there somewhere
We weren't done yet.

Walked on to Trafalgar Square, where the University of Notre Dame London Undergraduate Program is housed -- in a building just around the corner.  We stopped in to see the classrooms and use the bathrooms.

Next -- A quick stop in a really cool store with really cool Dr. Who stuff.  And then a walk through Covent Gardens which was fun, interesting-looking shops and some entertaining street performers.

A few blocks more, walked down Drury Lane, and we were back at our hotel.

In the evening Chris, Caroline, and Zachary saw Les Miserables.

everybody should see this at least once