January 1, 2013

Christmas in England: Part 2 - London

Thomas' parents were in Denmark for the weekend with my brother-in-law who is studying abroad in Copenhagen, so Thomas and I went to London together for the weekend.  We decided we should go since we may never have the chance to visit England again, and we wanted to make the most of our trip there! 

We walked around the area near our hotel after dropping off our luggage in the morning.  It poured the entire day, but we did not let that stop us from enjoying our time exploring the city! 



Our first stop in the morning was the Tower of London, which is a very old royal castle that was first built in the 1000s.  There have been many additions to it throughout the years. 

                          




That was my first time being in such an old building, and I was absolutely astounded when I realized when it had been built.  Thomas probably heard me say "Wow!," "Oh My Goodness!," and "This is unlike anything I've ever seen before in my life!" about a million times.  But really - it was indeed unlike anything I have ever seen before in my life! 



There was so much to see, and we spent a good portion of the day exploring the various rooms and exhibits. 


My absolute favorite part of the Tower of London was seeing The Crown Jewels.  They were absolutely spectacular, but unfortunately I don't have any pictures to share because photography was not allowed in the exhibit. 

After exploring all there was to see at the tower and eating lunch, we went onto the Tower Bridge.  It was definitely the most impressive bridge I've ever seen! 




We walked along the riverfront taking in the various sites on our way to Saint Paul's Cathedral. 






We even saw Shakespeare's Globe! 
 



St. Paul's Cathedral was absolutely beautiful! We were planning on going up to the top because we heard the best view was from up there.  However, we realized it cost 15 pounds a person, so we decided it just wasn't worth the price.  I got a brief glimpse of part of the inside of the church when we inquired about the cost, and it was simply breathtaking.  So ornate. So much time that must have gone into building it. 


We headed back to our hotel to get dressed up for the evening.  My brother-in-law gave us an awesome surprise Christmas gift - tickets to go see the play "The Mousetrap!"   

The Mousetrap is a murder mystery by Agatha Christie, and it's the longest running play in the world.  We both thoroughly enjoyed it, and we especially loved the experience of going out on a date to a play in London!  It was so special, a real once in a lifetime opportunity! Thanks again Peter!! 

We took some time to walk around London after the play because everything was lit up and decorated for Christmas.  I have never been in a big city like that before, so it was especially exciting to walk around and take everything in. 
 Our last stop of the evening was Trafalgar Square.  We were surrounded by The National Gallery, a Christmas tree, fountains, and even Big Ben in the background.  I wish I was able to take a picture that showed everything in it!  It was just lovely to see it all lit up at night, and it was the perfect ending to an amazing day with my sweet husband. 

 


There was even a large nativity scene on display, which I thought was beautiful, and particularly interesting because you never see anything like that in a public area in America these days. A lovely reminder of the reason for the season.  

Next up - Day 2 in London! 

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! My fave at the Tower of London is also the Crown Jewels exhibit. I bought a tourist coffee table book since I couldn't take pictures...

    Also I have the exact same pict with the tower bridge as my background when I was there in 2006. My hubs not in the picture though bec he was the photographer.

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  2. When I visited my brother who lived I east of London for two years, we were able to go see a play. At the Globe. I so enjoyed standing in the pit and being a groundling. Your trip looks amazing. Didn't you wish that you could have slowed down the walkway while seeing the Crown Jewels?

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  3. Caitlin...How exciting! Your pictures are amazing, allowing us to experience this wonderful trip right along with you. As I have never been there, it is so fun "visiting" this beautiful place through your blog... Thank you for sharing!

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  4. The red painted doors and trim on The Anchor building really pops, doesn't it? How fun to see the different architecture in another country! Lovely photos!

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