Wednesday, September 9, 2009

London, Day 2

Day 2 we headed over to Buckingham Palace. We actually got to go inside Buckingham Palace and tour the 19 State Rooms!! They are only open for about a month each year while the Queen is away on vacation. It was AMAZING!!! Not only do you get to see the rooms, but also the art collections, some of the Queen's dress collections, as well as lots of her jewelry and gifts from other countries. The entire tour lasted around 2 hours. Unfortunately no photos were allowed.

Phillip on the back steps of Buckingham Palace!

Next we headed over to the Brown's Hotel for a proper English Tea. The Brown's Hotel was voted 2009's best place in London for Tea. It was fantastic!! In addition to your choice of tea there were finger sandwiches, sconces with strawberries and clotted cream, and an assortment of desserts. And you could have as much as you liked! We ended up having 2 plates of sandwiches they were so good!! Not nearly as bad as the table of ladies behind us who had 3 plates! Haha!! You can even see in the picture the live piano musician behind Phillip. The whole experience was wonderful!

To end our trip to London we took a ride on the London Eye! So much fun!! We chose to go on a Pimm's ride, which cost more but included a Pimm's, which is a light alcoholic drink. We are so happy that we picked this type of ride because not only could you skip the 1 hour wait, but you get to ride separate from the other patrons. Since they don't allow alcohol on their regular rides they have to send the alcohol rides separate. Normally there are up to 20 people per capsule; we only had 6!!

The whole trip was fantastic, and this was the perfect way to end our weekend.

Below is a link to lots more photos that I posted to facebook. I am working on getting my flicker account set up so that I won't be overloading facebook with photos. Copy and paste!

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