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Buckingham Palace and a walk

rain 18 °C
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Good morning Waterloo
After breakfast we meet up with Jay at Waterloo Station.
Caught a train and walked up to Buckingham Palace. What a sight. Today was the changing of the guard. What a splendid display of discipline in all the finery of uniforms and beautiful horses.
The weather is ordinary. London rain. Tourists everywhere. Probably hoping to see Wills & Kate but only guardsmen are here today
After the procession we head across to St James park and Lady Diana's walk. What a beautiful park.
Everyone coming to London needs to come here on a fine day. Those beautiful squirrels are everywhere.
The park is abundant in lively flowers. Peonies are growing like weeds.
Still raining but who cares.
We walk toward Westminster Abbey but the queue is outrageous so we decide not to stand in the rain for over an hour and head into St Margaret's instead. Such a beautiful old church.
Walk more toward Big Ben and then back into the subway.
We head to Temple and into. The Walkabout. I think every Aussie who comes to. London knows this bar.
Today is quiet and we have a nice lunch here.
We want to see Temple. The medieval church which houses the resting place of many Templer Knights. It's closed. Of course it is. Apparently renovations are in progress. The outside of this circular church is still fascinating. Maybe next time.
Down toward Blackfriars we venture into a cute little pub The Blackfriar. Built in 1905
After a drink we head to Canary Wharf to visit Leah.
Jay & Leah have amazing views over London and O2 stadium.
After the visit we head back to Waterloo for dinner at the pub and an early night. ROADTRIP starts tomorrow

Posted by Traci_Rae 17:00 Archived in England Tagged buckingham_palace the_blackfriar

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