We then walked through St. James's Park, which was beautiful even in the winter.
There was a really nice view of the London Eye from the bridge!
As we walked through the park, we saw guards riding horses down the walkway from the palace. In true tourist fashion, I started chasing after them trying to get a picture. We eventually caught up with them at Horse's Guard.
I couldn't tell you what was going on, but we stuck around and watched with the crowd for a little bit.
We didn't ride on the London Eye, but maybe next time! Ha ha ;)As I learned, Big Ben is the bell inside of the tower itself, not the actual tower.
And much to Thomas's embarrassment I had to get a picture of us with a red telephone booth just because I thought it was awesome seeing them everywhere! Even though he didn't want to do it, he is in fact the one who came up with our pose. ;)
Out of this whole trip, I was most in awe when we approached the area with Elizabeth Tower, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament. I can't even begin to describe what it was like to look around and see all of these landmarks that I'd only ever seen pictures of and heard about. It sent chills down my spine to be standing there looking around.
I just L.O.V.E.D Westminster Abbey. Loved it, loved it, loved it. We couldn't take a tour because they don't have them on Sundays, but I very much enjoyed walking around the outside of it, taking everything in.
We had packed our lunches, so we ate outside after exploring because it was a beautiful day. This was our lunch view:
It just doesn't get any better than that. I seriously felt like I was living in some kind of dream! After eating, we walked along the Houses of Parliament to get a closer look.
I have to say that this building and the Elizabeth Tower were probably the most impressive buildings I saw. You can't even tell from the pictures, but the designs on the building are just so incredibly elaborate. There's nothing I can even think of in America that could used as a comparison.
We then headed over to the British Museum, which was extraordinary. Huge does not even begin to describe it. You could spend weeks looking through all the exhibits and reading all of the information about every piece and still not even come close to taking it all in.
As evidenced below, we enjoyed ourselves a little too much! :)
We saw the Rosetta Stone, but I must confess that I never knew what it was until we saw it at the museum!
The section on Egypt was my favorite because I am fascinated by the Egyptians, especially with mummies. I also loved seeing a body that was preserved in sand for over 3,000 years, but I'll spare you the picture so you don't get grossed out. What can I say, I'm a science nerd and I like things like that.
It was an impressive structure, much larger than I had anticipated!
We walked along Oxford Street to find dinner because we heard there were lots of Christmas lights up along the street. It was simply amazing to see, and the absolute best part was that it started to snow! It only lasted for about five minutes, but it was so magical to walk down the streets of London at Christmas time, hand in hand with my loving husband with snow falling all around us. A memory I will cherish and never forget.
My camera battery died at that point, but we went out to eat at a place called Garfunkel's for a delicious dinner. We then took the tube back to the hotel, picked up our luggage, and took the tube to the airport to meet my in-laws, who were flying in from Denmark. Their flight was delayed so we had to wait for about three hours, but it was honestly for the best because we were both completely exhausted from all of the walking around we did over the two days in London. When we found out the plane was delayed, we bought a Christmas puzzle book and sat in the airport drinking hot chocolate and doing puzzles together. We were excited to see my in-laws when they arrived, and we all drove back to Lechlade together.
Next up: Christmas Eve and Christmas