First Journey to London

On Saturday we rode the train in to London. We rode the Tube to get to Westminster Abbey, then we walked around sight seeing. We didn’t “do” anything but walking and looking and shoping.  We’ll be going into London a few more times and do everything then.

The best part of this trip was getting to see the Queen’s Birthday Parade which is the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.  The Queen and the Royal Family stepped out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the parade of the military and guards, soldiers and horses. Shortly after there was the Royal Air Force Flypast culminating with the Nine Red Arrows. In all it was definitely a spectacular show to behold.

On the train to London, June 16, 9:54am – Grace and Lydia

Me and Grace’s cousin Amy (Lydia took this picture)

Westminster Tower. We heard Big Ben chime for 11 o’clock.

London Eye

Did you know there is a shop in London dedicated all to me?

I saw this duck on the banks of a river that flows opposite the Mall. (The Mall is the street that leads right to Buckingham Palace. Picture of it further on.)

Grace took this picture of Lydia and I.

A count down to the 2012 Olympics in Trafalgar Square.

The Trooping of the Colour ceremony was long but super fascinating. It was difficult to get good pictures as there were so many other people lifting their own cameras above their heads to blindly aim for a shot.  Here are my best three:

Here’s my best shot at the Red Arrows:

And here is the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth is the one in the yellow dress. Prince Charles is on her right, and Prince William is on her left. Kate is bending down a bit talking to a young girl.

After the ceremony, I stood half way down the Mall and took this picture of Buckingham Palace.

Shortly before we left London we stopped at a Pizza Hut and ate dinner. It was very different than any Pizza Hut I’ve been to in the States. I can’t tell you how good it felt to sit down and rest our aching feet.

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8 Responses to First Journey to London

  1. Jordanna says:

    I won’t tell you I’m envious, ’cause you know already 😉

    You look like you’re having a great time. Missed you two at church today. Some of us decided that you should just stay in England so we could visit 🙂 I hope you continue to have a grand time! I’m dibsing a seat by y’all at potluck…

    • Abbey says:

      Thanks Jordanna.
      I think that’s a lovely plan, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for a suitable building for Castle Rock here.
      I’d love to sit next to you at potluck, but I think we’re missing July’s. We come home Monday, July 2nd.

  2. Susan Rasmussen says:

    Absolutely amazing pictures Abbey! What fun to be with Robina and Amy and get the grand tour from locals! and such sweet ones like them:) I am so glad you are having such a wonderful time, we love you and miss you. Hope asks everyday, “Where Lydia?” then after we answer that she is “bye, bye” she says “Where Abbey go?” a sad distressed “oh” is the answer.

    • Abbey says:

      Thank you, Mommy! Oh, poor Hope. We still have 2 more weeks to go. Maybe we can talk on the phone with her sometime soon.

  3. Mrs. Krause says:

    Abbey and Lydia………..Rachel showed me your blog and your adventures in England. What a wonderful experience and something you will always remember! I would love to visit there sometime, myself. Enjoy the green foliage and the rain – something we don’t have much of here in AZ! It looks as if you are having a wonderful time! Keep the lovely photos coming!
    Mrs. Krause

    • Abbey says:

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Mrs. Krause. It is good to hear from you. Yes, we are definitely enjoying the lovely weather and break from the heat.

  4. Carol Newhouse says:

    I love your “Abbey” sign and comment! And what perfect timing to be there for the Queen’s birthday celebration! Keep posting…we are all enjoying it through your eyes.

    • Abbey says:

      Thank you, la maestra Carolina! Yes, I can have fun with Westminster! And thanks for saying you’re enjoying my posts, that’s encouraging to hear.

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