August 15, 2014

Changing the Guards + St Paul's


Even though it was cloudy and overcast, my mom and I still wanted to see the Changing of the Guards in front of Buckingham Palace. We'd be damned if we left England without doing so, so Thursday morning we woke up and made our way to Buckingham Palace. This was such a big moment for us during our trip. The Changing of the Guards is an iconically London experience, and we had a front row seat.

But I must say, our front row seat wasn't necessarily the best seat. I've actually decided you'd have to see the Changing of the Guards multiple times in order to truly experience every aspect of it. We were pushed right up against the fence, but we weren't in the center, so even though some things were right in front of us, there were other things happening that we missed completely. There is so much going on that it's impossible to see all of it at one time. I'd also suggest getting there VERY early. I think we got there right around 10am, an hour and a half before it started, and we got one of the very last spots on the fence, and we were at the end of the fence for that matter. Not 20 minutes later there were rows of people behind us.

After the big shebang, we took pictures along with the millions of other tourists in front of the palace before getting lunch then heading over to St Paul's Cathedral.

 For the record, I did ask a police officer if he'd move the sign. He didn't, obviously.


St Paul's Cathedral was on our list for the afternoon. By this time, it was pretty chilly, and the clouds were even thicker, so I was happy to have an indoor activity planned. The cathedral is so incredibly extraordinary on the inside. Unfortunately, pictures weren't allowed, but trust me when I say I was stunned at the details and craftsmanship. Just, wow! I also took the stairs all the way to the top of the cathedral to a viewing area where you can see all of London. I left my camera with my mom because I didn't realize I'd be going outside, but it was cloudy and so bleh outside that pictures wouldn't have turned out very well anyway. Definitely recommend St Paul's Cathedral, and try to go when the weather is nicer so you can really enjoy the views at the top.

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