lördag 7 maj 2016

Royal guard

It's hot in London today! Really hot! And we stumbled on Her Majesty the Queen's Royal Guard while we passed by Buckingham Palace. They changed guards as we arrived and it was crazy how many people who had ventured there to see it! There were people everywhere! Had we known, we probably would have gone there later on. I felt sorry for the guards as it was crazy hot in the sun!

Her Majesty the Queens home, Buckingham Palace.

The gates to her castle are well guarded, and beautiful with lots of details in gold.

I was super impressed of this calm horse with all the tourists that did not respect his need of personal space (yes horses needs that too), but felt sorry for him standing in the hot sun!

And here they come for the change of guards.

Can you imagine how hot it must be under that big furry hat! It's about plus 25 degrees Celsius today (that is like 77 Fahrenheit I believe)!

We started our day with a walk in Hyde Park and a breaky at Lido Cafe, just like yesterday.

And then we walked to Buckingham Palace and further on to St James's Park.

You could see the London Eye over St James's Park lake.

And the other way around you could see the Palace.

There are so many trees in bloom here, very pretty!

And I absolutely loved this little cottage at the end of the lake! Duck Island Cottage.

Super cute, don't you think?

On the opposite side of the road, you could see the memorial of the bombing in Bali 2002.

All the names of the victim on the wall, and the granite globe with 202 doves carved across its surface, representing every single one of the victim and peace.

From there we walked on passing the Ministry of Defence, a very masculine and almost intimidating structure. But, of course, beautiful in its grandness.

And then we passed by the statue of British air fleet. Beautiful, almost angelic.

And yet another memorial site, that of the Korean War. Me and C discussed all these memorial sites, because we passed even more that we didn't take pictures of, and I might be blind to flaws at home, but we don't have these many memorial sites in Sweden (that I know of anyway). But then again, it's been a very long time since we took part in a war. I like them though, these memorial sites, as they are a reminder of those lost, the actions taken then, and the lessons we can learn from them for the future.

Just on the other side of the river Thames, you can see the London Eye and the County Hall and the London Aquarium.

And ofcourse, one of the most famous clocks in the world, Big Ben.

Now we're back at the hotel again to shower and prepare for our last dinner in London on this trip. Thinking of going to Covent Garden and Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant, but we'll see where we end up. :)

Laters babes!

Over and out

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