Saturday, July 5, 2008

Prague 2008: Day 3 (24 June)

We had breakfast at the hotel before going off on a bus tour of London. We saw most of the major landmarks, including Big Ben, the House of Parlaiment, Westminster Abbey, Picadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard (both the foot soldiers and the mounted soldiers). We got day passes for the tube so that we could go back to some of those sites to take pictures. The tube was an amazing network of stations, but it was running slow because part of the Circle/District lines were unuseable because a person had been under one of the trains and that needed to be cleaned up. Still, we made it to the Tower of London and took a nice walk along the wharf, even though it was longer than we intended. We took a detour to King's Cross Station to take pictures at Platform 9 3/4. We would have taken pictures inside of "Gringotts," too, but we couldn't remember how to get to Australia House, which is where Gringotts was filmed. So we took a short nap at the hotel before buying pasties and eating them in a park near the hotel. We had an early night because we had to check out by 4:30am for our flight to Prague.

Buckingham Palace

Part of the gardens near the palace

King Richard the Lionheart

The Tower of London

Across the street from the Tower

Gratuitous touristy shot at Platform 9 3/4


patrick said...

I dont remember the harry potter books saying anything about having to be holding a tennis ball for the magic to work? :P

Jessica said...

I had to look to check, because I had no idea what you were talking about. Obviously, it's not a tennis ball. It's a marker/ID number on the cart, like a serial number or something. Seesh, couldn't you figure that one out on your own? :P

patrick said...

A bright yellow ball shaped tennis ball imitating ID number?

Jessica said...

Unfortunately, it's not a tennis ball. It's plastic and cylindrical.

patrick said...

posh. oh well, good to know that London is still there.

the neon ninja said...

omg, i've been there!!! that's sooo cool!!! was this on your way to Prague?