After two days of tired eyes, confused minds and weary bodies who were doing their best to adjust to a new time frame we felt it was time to head into London Town. You couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was a barmy 22 degrees and the sun was on good behaviour and giving its best for our first big day trip.
We started our journey in from St Alban’s (up North) and caught the over-land train which goes at about 5000km/h and in a blink-of-an-eye you have arrived at the famous Kings Cross Station. There are screens upon screens of information, hundreds of different transport choices to take, announcements being given in an array of languages and a thick blanket of people who are all busily rushing around with their swinging briefcases and coffee in hand. Now, just a side note on the coffee, I tried one in the station… Oh dear. Fatal error. Let’s just say that I didn’t finish the coffee…
Our next introduction was to the depths of the underground and the famous London Tube. I am pleased to announce that as we signed up for our Oyster Card (transport card) we were given a limited edition Wills & Kate Royal Wedding transport card. Although it holds no monetary value we hope to not lose this precious memento which will always remind us of when we arrived in London.
Down we went into the London Underground and after 10minutes of travel we popped up out of a station and as though it was planned perfectly for tourists, there it was.. The Big Ben. So everything is pretty old and impressive in London, but this fine monument takes the cake. It towers over the Thames and commands attention from all those crossing the Vauxhall Bridge. Lets not forget its equally as photographed neighbour, The Houses of Parliament.
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Looking at it you can’t help but imagine it is a school of magic like Hogwarts or a sacred place whereby only dignitaries are allowed to tread. I hope to explore more of these amazing structures, however, without standing out like a raging tourists we decided to head off and discover some more of what London had to offer.
We had our walking boots on and went for a bit of a self guided city tour. We stopped by at Westminster Abbey, past Trafalger Square, up to Piccadilly Circus, through the West End and ended up getting lost through the back streets of Mayfair. It was almost like we were following a Monopoly Board around the city, however we didn’t receive our $200 for passing GO.
Our first trip to London Town was truly an experience whereby there was simply just too much to take in. The richness of history is phenomenal and we are only just starting to scratch the surface.