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London

Big city!

overcast 55 °F

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Then we met up with our group for a guided tour of this amazing building.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Abbey
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We followed that up by waking down Trafalgar Square where there was a huge back to nature rally going on that has been going on for days. They were causing all sorts of traffic nightmares. So between that and the Queen coming for a session of Parliament, so many roads are closed. We got back to near the hotel and had some Italian food and called it another day.
My body is so sore and tired from all the walking and standing we have been doing. I literally fell into bed.

Today we had the wonderful opportunity to take a private tour of Parliament buildings. Dave has a friend who knows Louise that is a tour guide there. She met us 2 hours before her regular shift to take us around. Because of the Queen coming we didn’t get to into The House of Lords. But we got into the House of Commons. lol But a nice police officer took us under the floors to see the private chapel, which isn’t open to the public. We were able to learn how Parliament worked and saw everyone getting ready for the queen to come.
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We left there and the next stop was a River boat ride on the Themes over to the Tower of London. We spent hours walking thru all the exhibits. We also saw the Crown Jewels. We saw the changing of the guards. Walked hundreds of stairs and walked around the walls. They were sure barbaric back then with their punishments. Hangings and chopping off heads and chopping up bodies.
We then walked the London Bridge, only part way across and we were exhausted.
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We met up with the Rick Steves group and had our final dinner together. Most of the group is leaving tomorrow. I’ve met so many wonderful people on this tour. So many cool personalities and experiences. It’s been a great two weeks together. One lady in the group had her bag stolen while she was eating lunch today. But that was the worst thing that happened. We’ve all been lucky to have such a safe trip.

Posted by dianeski4 13:42 Archived in England

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