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When in UK: The London Long Weekend Snapshots

It took me a while to write the London post because how in the world can I cram all four days in just one blog post?  Even the picture sorting is very hard to do.

Anyway, I wrote this on my London instragram when I was still in UK:

Prepare to receive what you vision boarded for.

Dear London‬, I pinned you in my vision board last year. It was nice to finally meet you. Of all places I had expected to get sun burned (not tanned), never have I ever imagined it would be London. It’s crazy how you go from 29 degrees scorching hot then have torrential rain the very next day. And oh how every time I get off a tube stop, it’s like stepping to a whole new different world every time. You broke my pedometer record with more than 29 thousand steps just on my first, whole day alone. It was interesting and entertaining to be immersed in your character and diversity. There’s just too much to see and four days is not even enough. Perhaps, I shall see you again.

Of course when in London, might as well do all the touristy stuff we can possibly do.

View from the London Red Tour Bus going to the Big Ben/House of Parliament:

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Going to St. Paul’s Cathedral:

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The Big Ben at night:

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Thames River at Night:

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Of course I recorded a short clip of the Big Ben ringing:

Big Ben at the House of Parliament from The Kea Channel on Vimeo.

View from the London Red Tour Bus over looking Westminster Underground station:

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West Minster Abbey:

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By the way, this is NOT the London Bridge. This is the London Tower Bridge:

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The London Bridge is actually just a plain, old bridge at is easily ignored. I didn’t even noticed that it existed.

How it is in Summer. Check out the people flocking the way towards the London Eye.

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The London Eye is definitely on the list:

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View from the London Eye:

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And more of London:

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We went to Crown Jewels museum at the tower of London and saw all the authentic jewelry used in coronation. As usual, photos are not allowed.

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Then, we went to Windsor Castle:

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We spent four days in London and I don’t think we even covered 1/4 of it. Our itinerary was pretty much cramped like this:

Day 1: Stonehenge and Camden Town

Day 2: Red Tour Bus, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Golden Gate, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, House of Parliament, Thames River Cruise, Covent Garden, Leicester Square

Day 3: Madame Tussauds, Museums that I already forgot, Harrods (a special story for that in a different blog post), London Tower, Crown Jewels, Leicester Square (and dropped by M&M’s World), Soho and China Town (and met up with my friend, Aa)

Day 4: West Minster Abbey (so worth it! I’m glad it’s included in our London Pass), another museum that I forgot, and last stop was Windsor Castle

To be honest, I’ve waited my whole life just to finally visit London. When I got there, the feeling is different. I never really realized how big it is!  I am surprised by this mixed feeling that I had when I was there. I know people are saying it’s one of the best, if not most expensive cities, but it just gave me a different vibe. I wondered, during our first few days in Wales and in England that how come I don’t see any homeless person. It is in London where I finally saw a homeless person.

I can’t believe I have felt this way about London, and even more surprised when the feeling that I am expecting to feel in London, I felt in another country in the UK.  In Edinburgh, Scotland. More of that in the coming When in UK series.

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