London UK 2009 pt1

While this was awhile back, I love looking back at that time when not everything was as the tip of your fingers (cell phone) and you have to learn your way around.

We didn’t know what to expect when we arrived, but we covered a lot of the first day.

  • London Eye
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace
  • The Mall
  • Admiralty Arch
  • Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Fountains and Lions
  • Piccadilly Square


We were staying in Ireland primarily for our vacation, but we decided to go to London to meet with Jasmin’s aunt. So we flew into Gatwick airport and jumped on the Gatwick Express (train) to London Victoria.


Once we arrived to Victoria station, we were trying to figure out what to do with our luggage. Jasmin asked if we could store our luggage we were able to.


Victoria station is near many of the known landmarks. Once you get out of Victoria station, they are within a mile (Big Ben, London Eye, Westminster Abbey…etc). So we headed towards that direction.


We first stopped by the London Eye and paid for the tickets to go up. I took some pictures while up there. It is nice and gives great views on a nice day.


It was a nice start off to our trip here. We decided to go back over the Westminster Bridge and take pictures of Big Ben and go to Westminster Abbey.


After that, right next to Big Ben is Westminster Abbey. I believe when we went, they said we couldn’t take pictures and I had my digital SLR, so I don’t think I took pictures inside. Westminster Abbey has some very famous people buried there. We spent a couple hours here.




We walked to Buckingham Palace. It was busy and the coolest thing was that this was the first time I heard soo many languages in one place! Culture!!!!

We watched the guards and took pictures.

Then we walked the mall all the way to Trafalgar Square. By this time Jasmin was tired of walking, so we took a break.

When we got closer, you can see Admiralty Arch.


After using the bathroom and paying for it (first time paying to pee), we walked around. Seen some famous red phone booths, so we took pictures in them!


We walked a bit further on Haymarket st and got to Piccadilly Square.


We then walked up Regent Street a bit. This was famous for having the high end designer stores.


At the end, we had to get back, so we paid a pedicab.



We headed back to near Big Ben. On the way I saw this statue:


It was getting dark. Jasmin’s London family were busy with a local fair, so we had to wait til it was over and they would get us.


Finally, Jasmin’s aunt called and said to meet us at a station, so we bought an Underground pass and jumped on the train (forgot which station we went to).