Before anything else can be said, I feel the need to write a HUGE thank you to Erin Crowther. Erin, without your Oyster cards, Tube map, advice, and the adapters that you sent with us, we would have been totally lost. BUT, with your help, navigating the underground was a breeze!
Our day started out with visiting Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard. It was really a fun experience, that definitely added to the grandeur of the Palace itself. My only complaint was that there were sooooo many people and at some points it was all but impossible to see the ceremony. We didn’t get to see the Queen…but we did notice a family of 5 who got to watch the ceremony from inside the gates…royal cousin perhaps?
On our way to the British Museum, we stopped at a really nice little Italian restaurant, where we had fantastic, authentic Italian pizza and pasta. It was one of those meals that was so delicious I didn’t want to stop eating- even when I was full, and almost made myself sick.
After lunch, we managed to find our way to the British Museum, where we spent most of our time in the Greek and Egyptian rooms (and, admittedly, the gift shops too…). I especially loved the Rosetta Stone, which is a large tablet in different languages, that was crucial in deciphering the meaning of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic script on the stone. I also really enjoyed the Giant Statue of King Ramesses II, which, though half of his hat was missing, was still an imposing piece of art.
Once we had satisfied most of our curiosity, we stayed in the British Museum and enjoyed an afternoon tea and a slice of chocolate cake. Hands down my new favorite meal/snack of the day.
Today overall was a great introduction to London. Our plans for this evening include dinner out and Harrods- that is if mom wakes up from her nap in time!
Check back here tomorrow for another update of my adventures in London; tomorrow we head to Stratford-Upon-Avon to see the home of Mr. Bill Shakespeare himself!