Europe Trip 2015 – Day 27 – London, England

April 24, 2015

I had a limited amount of time in London, and knew I couldn’t do everything. But I made it a point to see as many of the “must see” tourist sights as I could. Today, my main stops were the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and the Millennium Bridge, followed up by a show in London’s West End.

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The door to my hostel, located right across from the British Museum. That’s one of the things I love about hostels–They often in the heart of the city. It was really fun staying in such a traditionally “London” house as well.

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A normal street scene in London, with double-decker buses, bicyclists, sidewalks full of pedestrians, and an Underground station in the background.

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Escalators heading into the London Underground.

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Bicycle police in front of Buckingham Palace, handling the huge crowd for the Changing of the Guard.

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A band marches by as part of the ceremony.

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Selfie in front of the palace, of course.

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Another band leaves the gates.

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Another street scene. I think this was in Soho, near Chinatown.

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A famous “Look Left” warning. These are found at many crosswalks in the touristy areas of London. They’re useful too.

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Military helicopters fly over the Tower of London, with the Shard in the background.

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Tower of London, behind its many walls of protection.

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The Tower Bridge. It was even more beautiful in-person, and bigger than you’d think.

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Looking back towards the City of London.

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Two guys were practicing football in the grass that surrounds the Tower of London. I have no idea who they were, or why they were practicing there. But few other people seemed to notice or care.

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Another photo of the Shard, which is currently the tallest building in the European Union.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral, seen from behind.

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The steps of St. Paul’s, with its main entrance in the background. It’s hard to tell, but the building itself is absolutely huge. I didn’t go inside, the entrance fee was the equivalent of roughly $27 US dollars.

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The Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that connects the area near St. Paul’s with the area near the Tate Modern museum.

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Ticket to my first West End show! I saw the new revival of Miss Saigon, and it was absolutely phenomenal.

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