London Journals

Day Trips in and Around London

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A May 1998 trip to London by MilwVon

After the Guard Change Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: This journal features several of the experiences I had during my first trip to London in 1998.

Day Trips in and Around London

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After the Guard Change Photo, London, England
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This trip was my first solo trip outside of the USA. I went to London for a week and ventured out and around the city using the underground/tube and the local bus system. Staying in the theatre district, I was very central to everything. I really enjoyed all of the sights in London and the diversity of people everywhere I went. As an American tourist, complete with camera around my neck, I felt very safe everywhere I went and in all that I did. That was in 1999 though and the world has changed. As we prepare for our 2 weeks in the UK to include Scotland, I am hopeful that we will feel as comfortable and safe as I did back then.One of the most interesting places that I explore...Read More
Guard is Relieved Photo, London, England
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This was my lucky day! I had just ventured out for the day and started to head out towards Buckingham Palace. Not knowing anything about the schedule for the Changing of the Guard, I was just hoping to be able to get a nice view of Buckingham Palace and to enjoy my walk through Kensington Gardens.Well, as I got closer, I noticed the crowds growing. By the time I got to the Palace, it was clear that people knew what was soon to come. Off in the distance, the faint sound of drums could be heard. As it got closer, the buzz in the crowd grew louder. As the regiment was coming!! These elite members of the British Army were locked step together, creating quite the show. The intricacies and...Read More

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

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Entering the Tea Room Photo,
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As a fan of just about all sports, and a HUGE fan of John McEnroe, a trek to Wimbledon was a must do during my London vacation. I took the tube out of London to the village of Wimbledon assuming it would be relatively simple to find the hallowed grass courts of famed Wimbledon. Well...I got off probably one station further away than I needed to and after a good hour walk, I reached my destination. Admittedly, the walk was wonderful as I strolled neighborhoods, parks, and even the village itself.As you enter the main visitors center there is a wall with all of the champions listed. Unless you actually have such a list to read, you might not realize how some players really seemed to own th...Read More

Leeds Castle

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Leeds Castle Photo, Kent, England
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Leeds Castle was part of one of three destinations during my day trip on Gray Lines Tours. If you aren’t comfortable driving a car in a foreign country, the tour motor coach is the way to go! Comfy and informative, even traveling by myself, I had a great time!Leeds Castle is located in Kent, southeast of London. Dating back to 857AD, this historic site has been called one of the loveliest castles in the entire world! Originally built of wood, it was rebuilt in 1119 in all stone. It sits in a lake, essentially on a couple of islands. The lake actually looks like a huge moat around the castle which is probably part of the design. It was one of Henry VIII’s royal palaces in 1520 so prote...Read More

Salisbury Cathedral

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The Cathedral Photo, Salisbury, England
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People have been coming to Salisbury Cathedral for over 750 years to worship and see this classic medieval church. One of the four original texts of the Magna Carta is here visible through a glass display in the Chapter House. Providing the freedom of church for all of England, the Magna Carta and her principles have largely been incorporated into what later became the US Constitution.The Cathedral itself took over 38 years to build (1220-1258) and is a wonderful example of early English Gothic architecture. As you enter, be sure to stop and take a look at the old medieval clock, believed to be one of the earliest working clocks, dating to 1386. As you approach the high alter and the Tri...Read More

Canterbury Cathedral

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Canterbury Cathedral in the Distance Photo, Canterbury, England
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For me, this is probably the most beautiful place of worship I have ever seen. Canterbury is the “Mother Church of England” and is considered to be the “Mother Church” of over 80 million Anglicans throughout the world. This is also the place where Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170.The first Cathedral of Canterbury was built by St. Augustine in 597AD. The Cathedral was later rebuilt in the late 11th century. Much of the original foundation remains beneath the current structure. Medieval tombs of several royals and archbishops may be seen here. Be sure to visit the crypt to see these direct ties back to British history.The Bell Harry Tower was completed in 1498 and is truly re...Read More