London again

We were excited to head back to London as we had really enjoyed our first couple of days there! On our first full day there, we headed out to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.  We had received the excellent advice to go and see the guards preparing off to one side – we got a much better view there than when we fought through the mobs at the Palace!

 

Preparing for the Changing of the Guard

 

The guards looking solemn

 

After we saw the ceremony, we went via Trafalgar Square to the National Gallery of Art and enjoyed seeing the oldest art in the gallery from Italy. One of the highlights was a “cartoon” done by none other than Leonardo da Vinci – check out the link if you would like to see it.

 

Trafalgar Square

 

After the gallery, we headed to Westminster Abbey, and saw St Margaret’s church on the grounds before attending an Evensong service – it was very beautiful hearing the songs and prayers in this lovely church. We also saw the parliament buildings and Big Ben beautifully lit up at night.

 

Westminster Abbey

 

On our next day we had brunch with our friend Pam from New Zealand before exploring the British Musuem.

 

Pam and Karen

 

We particularly enjoyed the Egyptian galleries (including the famous Rosetta stone), Egyptian mummies, the Assyrian gallery and some of the original statues from the Parthenon (we had seen some of the others in Greece).  There is a bit of controversy here as Greece wants these back and the British museum is reluctant to give them back!

 

Rosetta Stone

 

Egyptian sculpture

 

Egyptian mummy

 

Parthenon sculptures

 

We continued our Kiwi theme with dinner with another New Zealand friend Kyra and her daughter Orla.

 

Orla, Kyra and Reubs

 

We love being able to catch up with other New Zealanders while travelling!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Evensong at Westminster Abbey is wonderful – I’m glad you got to go.

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  2. Lynette Olson says:

    So glad you got to spend time with Kyra.

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