City of Clocks
25.05.2015 - 28.05.2015 17 °C
When we first arrived in London we had to get on an underground train on the green line all the way to Green Park. Then we changed to the jubilee line and went all the way to St Johns Wood. Our flat was 1 minute from St Johns Wood underground station. Our flat was a nice four person condo with a fold out bed to accompany our grandma.
On our first day we had seen Big Bens clock tower Big Ben is the bell itself not the clock. We also saw Westminister abbey and the houses of Parliament. That after noon we went out to see Buckingham Palace or buck house. On our way back through St James Park we ran into a bunch of people giving out free bird seed and we got to hold pigeons while they pecked away at the seeds in our hands. The next day we went down to Green Park and then Liecster Square. We also bought tickets for my mom and grandma to go to a live theater. The next day we went to the Natural History Museam and the girls went to the V and A. The Natural History Museam had the fossils that triggererd the discovery of the dinosaurs. It also had the worlds biggest emerald and star saphirres.
The next day we went to the Tower of London and saw the crown jewels and the castle ravens, it is belived that if the ravens leave the castle England would fall. My favorite part of London was the Natural History Museam.
London has changed a lot since we were here 5 years ago! Cleaner, shiny new skyscrapers have transformed the cityscape, and (wow) the trains were all on time. We nearly pounded our feet into bloody stumps as we covered the city end to end over four days. We ticked off all the tourist sites for my mom, made a whole day trip to Kew Gardens for me, and gave James hours to study the rocks at the NHM. Neve came along unhappily saying "I'm tired of history!". I think she's reached her museum/sight seeing maximum.
London was cleaner, greener and friendlier than we remembered It does seem that drinking and watching sports are the two most important hobbies over here. The kids enjoyed watching soccer fans boisterously celebrating their teams' trip to the finals outside a pub in Covent Garden then the next day crowds of celebrating the England cricket win over New Zealand up in St Johns Wood overtook us at dinner in the pub.
As we left London by bus (2 £ a person - thanks Andrew for the tip!) I noticed the the plethera of clocks in the financial district and then i loooked around and noticed clocks everywhere - from churches to shops have large time pieces. Simon tells me that the English conquered the world by showing up on time. I guess that explains the clocks.