London-Day 4

The fourth day of our trip to London took us to the very heart of the city. In fact it took us to the area called “The City”. After eating breakfast and showering we headed out for another busy day.

Since the first few days of our trip had been over the weekend we had gotten a false sense of just how busy London is or isn’t. Our fourth day was a Monday and as a result we were no longer under the illusion of London not being insanely busy. The difference in the amount of people on the tube and out and about was noticeable from the first two days of our trip. Thankfully we headed out after most of the crowds of morning rush hour had died out.

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Our first stop for the day was St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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This very large church was quite the sight to behold.

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We took several pictures outside of the church before heading inside.

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We weren’t sure if our London passes would cover our admission and we were pleasantly surprised when we found that they did. Our admission also included a free audio guide. The audio guide told us a lot about the church. It was all very fascinating but is often the case with audio guides it did slow us down. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the main part of the church. My husband and I were both good boys and honored the request but we did notice other people taking pictures, which really annoyed me. We were in the main area of the church for a long time but when we were done we began the climb up to the top of the Cathedral.

We have been high up in churches before and enjoyed some amazing views. Sacre-Couer in 2012.

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Notre Dame in 2012.

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La Sagrada Familia in 2015.

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And the Cathedral in Seville in 2015.

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This time the climb was long and very crowded.

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The crowds made the climb worse, especially when we got to the top. My husband battles against a fear of heights anyway so the pushing when we were all the way up at the top was pretty intense for him. It height did bother me.

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The view from up there were really amazing.

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My husband was much happier when we started heading down again.

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After our journey to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral we went down the crypts. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures there either.

We really enjoyed our time at St. Paul’s but we were a bit dismayed with how much time we had spent there. In choosing to listen to everything on the audio guide we had used up a lot of our day at our first location. With no time to loose we hopped back on the tube for a couple stops to make sure we had time to see our next destination…The Tower of London.

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The Tower of London was incredible. It reminded me of the castle we saw in Segovia, Spain in 2011.

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While the Tower of London doesn’t have quite the fairy tale look the castle in Segovia does it was still amazing.

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I loved learning about the history of the English Monarchy over the centuries. Seeing the armor of the kings we certainly a highlight.

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Not to mention the gorgeous crown jewels.

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Understandably, we could not take pictures of the jewels themselves. One of my favorite parts of the Tower of London was the tower that Anne Boleyn was kept in.

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I also was fascinated to see the place where she was executed.

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Since we arrived late in the day we stayed until the Tower of London closed. The fact that we were there so late was kind of nice because there weren’t as many people during the last half hour it was open which gave us some more space to look at things by ourselves and even be a little silly.

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One of the last parts of the tower we went to talked about how in the 1800s it was used as a zoo. This was intriguing especially when I learned that many people were hurt because the proper precautions weren’t taken.

The closing of the Tower of London also marked the time to meet up with one of our English Friends. She works in the area we were in and was kind enough to meet up with us after she got off work. We met up with her at a pub called Blackfriar. My husband and I were both starving so despite the fact that we aren’t crazy about bar food we did order a mac and cheese dish to tide us over until dinner.  We had a nice time catching up while we had a drink and my husband and I ate our snack. The three of us then left the pub so she could show us a places before dinner.

The first place she took us by was Christ Church Greyfriars which is a Church that was destroyed by the Germans during World War 2.

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The church was never rebuilt. Instead of the rebuilding the church it has since been turned into a nice little garden. The second place she took us to was a small park called Postman’s Park. Even though she has lived in London her entire life she didn’t know the park existed until she stumbled upon it one day at lunch a couple of years ago. She was really excited to show it to us but we almost had a disaster. When we arrived at the park the guards were locking it up. Thankfully when she explained that we were visiting form the states the guards let us in and let us look very briefly at the park. The cool thing about the park was a wall that is dedicated to people who died while saving the lives of others.

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Although our time in the park was rushed I’m glad we got too see it.

When our brief time in Postman’s Park was done it was getting close to our reservation time for dinner. To make sure we got to the restaurant on time we took our one and only ride this trip in a taxi. It was fun to get to take our ride in a London Black Taxi.

Our friend had picked a great place with a fantastic view for dinner. The restaurant was called Blueprint Café. The three of us had a nice dinner. She and I had fish and chips. I don’t remember what my husband had (lol) but I know he liked it. We all had a great time together.

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As good as the food was the highlight was the amazing view of the Tower Bridge from the restaurant at night.

After dinner the three of us got to enjoy a nice walk across the tower bridge at night. As beautiful as the bridge is during the day it is truly spectacular at night.

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The three of us briefly shared a tube ride before she had to transfer to head home. We said our good-byes and went our separate ways. I was so happy that we got to see our friend and that I have the honor of having friends of different countries who can show us around and tell us what life is really like where they live.

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Justin Gomez and his sister, Terri, have never been close. Separated by nine years and distant in adulthood, Justin and Terri have little in common, except for the love of her three children. In the days before they embark on a road trip to visit the father that once abandoned them and their now deceased mother, both Terri and Justin are dealing with unexpected changes in their lives. Justin surprisingly realizes he might want more than a series of one night stands after a first date goes unexpectedly well. After a lifetime of being a strong type A personality, Terri is forced to confront the reality of the end of her marriage. As they hit the road, with Terri’s children in tow, they find themselves forced to rely on and confide in each other following a devastating event. Confronted with memories from the past and challenges from the present, Terri and Justin must dig deep and unearth the truth about themselves and their parents in order to build a new family based on their love for each other.

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