Saturday, August 16, 2008

London, Day 2!

Hold on to your hats, this was a long and busy day. First up: Buckingham Palace. We did not do a tour, but just walked around the outside.
Once again, Gabe thinks he is funny.

On to St. John's Park, a lovely park filled with winding paths, ducks and ponds.
And....The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk!

Why all the lamp posts in London have the Chanel Cs on them I do not know.
Proper british phone booth with Big Ben in the background.
In Gabe's notes about the day, next to Big Ben he wrote "big". That pretty much says it.

Westminster Abbey! Wow, this place almost makes me believe in God. I cannot fathom how people build structures like this. Unfortunately, they do not allow photos inside. I'm not sure I could do it justice anyway.

I did sneak one of Elizabeth the first's tomb.
Off to Camden Town, which is kind of like the Haight Street of London. Funky shops and hipsters wherever you look. Gabe trying to decide what to eat at Pret A Manger, the most prolific to go food shop in London.

Of course we had to stop in another record shop. I was obsessed with how many different kinds of "house" music categories they had!

These sunglasses are for sale on almost every street corner in London. Most of the displays have signs that say "no photos please" to stop annoying tourists like me. I snuck a couple anyway.

Next we hopped on the underground and went to the British Museum....
...where we saw the Rosetta Stone, and then promptly left. It was very crowded. One thing that is really great about London is that almost all of the museums are free, but that also means that there are always a lot of people there.

After this I left my camera at the hotel and we took in a symphony at the Royal Albert Hall (to quote Gabe's notes again "fucking enormous!"), and then dinner at Stick and Bowl ("cheap! good!"), a noodle house nearby. As you can probably guess, I was exhausted by day's end, but glad we got to see so much.


sara sanger said...

gabe was being pretty funny. at first i didn't think so, but the second photo of him "dead" in a different spot confirmed it.

Jessamyn Harris said...

these are awesome - all the stuff I couldn't afford to do or was too lazy to do when I lived there, now I can see vicariously through your pretty pictures (ooh, awesome lens). love the weird elizabeth tomb...
those glasses were for sale everywhere in NYC too, must be cross continental ironic hipsterism. I totally bought devon a silver pair.

keep the days comin!