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London Calling

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Hey, it's Catherine! Since this was my first time in London (and Noah’s third), I'm going to share with you about our first stop in the United Kingdom.

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London, a city of fish and chips, red double-decker buses, and plenty of reminders to ‘mind the gap'. Our time in the capital of United Kingdom began after an early but short 2-hour flight from Copenhagen. Being my first time in London, I was looking forward to experiencing as much as we could in the 6 days we had planned in and around the city. No matter your interests, it is impossible to do and see everything in this city within a single visit. However, we tried our best to experience as much as we could.

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The infamous Tower Bridge

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The Tower of London

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Where they keep the crown jewels at the Tower of London. Unfortunately, picture taking inside is not allowed.

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Eating well at the Borough Market

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The British Museum has a lot of amazing pieces but the highlight for me was standing in front of THE Rosetta Stone.

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We attended one of the daily evening services, called Evensong, at St. Paul's Cathedral. It was neat to be among people from all over the world, praying, hearing Scripture, and listening to a choir sing in the large cathedral.

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Buckingham Palace. Alas, the queen wasn’t home for tea that day.

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Changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. It was quite a show that included guard bands performing songs like Elton John's ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight' and Tom Jones' ‘It's Not Unusual' which you couldn’t help but sing along to.

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Westminster Abbey, where many notable people (i.e. kings, queens, song writers, literary greats, and scientists) are either buried or memorialized. Unfortunately, photo taking inside wasn’t permitted.

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A view from the giant London Eye ferris wheel. Expensive, but gave us some great views of the city from up top.

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Heading an hour south by train, we had the chance to see some natural beauty along the English Channel at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters County Park. Blessed with perfect weather, we hiked over each of the sister's heads and beyond to catch views of all Seven from a distance.

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A big disappointment was not being able to see the Elisabeth Tower which contains the Big Ben bell due to its entire structure being renovated. Have to wait until next time…

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London is large and diverse, but I think we put a good dent in all there is to experience. I am honestly sad to leave already, but hope to return. Next time I may even spot a royal family member!

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