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After finishing our visit to the National Gallery in London, my brother and I still had about half the afternoon left so we decided to walk to the British Museum, less than a mile away.
It was a pleasant fall afternoon and we enjoyed the walk — so much so that we started exploring side roads so as to see more sights and extend our stroll. This was the kind of day where you avoid the Underground world of the Tube.
The first part of our walk was through the theatre district, always a fun and colorful place to catch a play and always full of people. Many of these marquees are likely familiar to you. Street entertainers here are common …
If you haven’t visited London in a few decades you might have missed seeing a new landmark on the South Bank of the River Thames, near Westminister Bridge. The London Eye is a massive Ferris wheel — the tallest in Europe –and it certainly catches ones eye as you approach it from the Houses of Parliament. It is popular, usually with long lines and waiting times. The Eye is the most visited paid attraction in the United Kingdom, with almost 4 million visitors annually.
Here are a few facts about the London Eye:
– It is 135 m (443 ft) tall and 120 m (394 ft) wide. When it opened in 2000, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, but …
The Albert Memorial is located in Kensington Gardens across the street from the Royal Albert Hall. Once seen, you’ll never forget this Memorial. Extremely ornate, built in the high-Gothic Victorian revival style, it commemorates Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, who died of typhoid fever at the young age of 42 in 1861.
The monument was commissioned by Queen Victoria and unveiled in 1872. The happy marriage between Victoria and Albert is well known, so the creation of a beautiful tribute to the prince should not surprise anyone. The memorial is 176 feet (54 m) tall, took over ten years to complete, and cost £120,000 (today the equivalent of about more than £10,000,000).
It is officially titled the “Prince Consort National Memorial” and …
There’s so many fascinating and historic things to see and do in London, it’s hard to prioritize them. But I’d put watching this event towards the top of the list, as the changing of the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace is worth seeing if you’re in the city a few days.
Many countries have a “Changing the Guard” ceremony, but England’s is the most elaborate I’ve ever seen. It is a ritual involving a new guard guard exchanging duty with the old guard. There are several regiments involved in the ritual, and the interested reader is refered to the British Monarchy website for more detailed information.
The ceremony occurs most days between around 11 am and noon. Check the…