ahhh, england. i was a little shutter happy. in the end, after i deleted the duplicate and bad photos, i had 1,098 photos. really. i am NOT going to post all 1,098 photos. ridiculous.
day 1 found us walking from our hostel in kensington to westminster abbey. (we didn't realize how far it was.) our hostel was in the baden powell house. my traveling companions consisted of one eagle scout and one advisor in the young men's program, and neither one knew who lord baden powell was. point, ashlee. (for the record, lord baden powell is the founder of the boy scout program. there's a song. if you have a scout, or you are a scout, you should know this.)
our walk took us past kensington park, hyde park, several monument/statutes, the wellington arch, the australian war memorial, green park, st. james park . . . you get it. it's all very compact and exciting. my little camera got a work out.
|as we were walking around the arch, some sort of procession came through.|
|australian war memorial. the entire thing is covered in names of people who died.|
|st. james park|
our walk took us right past buckingham palace, which i had planned for us to visit, but apparently it's only open, like, two months of the year. not quite sure how i missed that in my planning . . .
anglophiles brace yourselves.
because as we were absentmindedly strolling past buckingham palace, this happened.
yup. that's right. QUEEN ELIZABETH II!! WE SAW HER! can you believe it?! the travel gods were surely smiling on me that day.
after that we made our way to westminster abbey.
they don't allow photography inside westminster abbey (why? rude . . .) but it was amazing. i paid my respects to william wilberforce and basked in the stony reverence of it all.
just next to westminster abbey is big ben and the parliament buildings.
|i kept an eye out for peter pan. he didn't show up.|
next we headed over to the churchill war rooms, which were the underground headquarters used by churchill and the war cabinet during WWII. in addition to the war rooms, they've created an exhibit dedicated to just winston churchill.
|a cartoon of hitler that was drawn on the wall in the cabinet rooms. on his butt. with puncture marks all around him . . .|
after the war rooms we headed back to home base, ready for some sleep.