I am now going a little bit a head in time again. This is after Budapest, Japan and Italy in the beginning of summer vacation 2010. This time I am on a weekend trip to London with my mom and sister.
The first day was a half day. I came down to London in the middle of the day and met up with my mom. My sister was coming later next day. We went for a cultural look at London, trying to see parts of it we haven´t seen before.
The first place we went for was Covent garden market. A cosy marked in the middle of London, but maybe the part that is more tourist like and not so business like. It have a lot of exiting stands with artsy products for everyone. The streets round it is also very nice and a prime example of British architecture.
After a nice shopping trip in the marked, without buying anything, we went along and took a look at London eye and Big Ben. We didn´t go up in London eye this time. Last time I was in London we did that and its breath taking. You are in this big glass bobble looking over the whole of London. It go slow, its no scary shaking, it´s just like a relaxing trip through/over London. It´s a have to if you are new in London. It´s right by Big Ben, so you can take everything in one.
After dinner later in the evening we went to The National Gallery to look at some old art. It´s always fun to play a little bit cultural sometimes, even if you don´t really have that much fun looking at old paintings in quiet and big rooms. I was more impressed over the rooms then the paintings a lot of the time. When we came outside I also got more interested in a giant bottle with a ship inside it standing as art outside.
So to end the day with the most british that are we took a look at Buckingham palace. It´s always beautiful and full of traffic. Something that still irritates me. Why do you make a traffic road in front of the royal palace anywhere? It ruins the grande feeling it should give. It´s parks all round yes, but with a motor way running right through it the charm kind of disappear. Beside all of that it is beautiful and the parks are mostly very peaceful.
One of the things that kept on popping up in London this time was elephants. Last time it was filled with cows, this time it was elephant statues decorated in all sort of funny paintings, all for sale. It´s for a organization to rase money. I kind of forgot to read what it was for, because I was so occupied with having my picture taken in front as as many elephants as possible. It was like a treasure hunt.
One thing I have never understand is people that take the tube everywhere in London, when you with no problems can walk to most of the big tourist spots and more, everything seem to be inside walking distance from each other. So next time you are in London try to walk from one place to another, don´t take the tube.