This is part 2 of the story of our trip, this part is to London in May
of 2015. It was part of a round the world trip that included
This is Day 1 of our 4 day stay in London - Arrival Day.
Day -1 Arrival in London from Paris
chose to get from Paris to London via fast train and the Euro tunnel.
After going through both French and British passport checks we boarded
the high speed train to London. It felt like any ordinary train,
quite smooth. It wasn't until you noticed that we were speeding
past traffic on the nearby freeway that would have been going 100km/hr
at least, that you realised how fast you were actually going. We
sped up and slowed as we passed other trains and stations along the way.
Suddenly the lights went on and we were in the tunnel - no idea of
speed. Arriving in London we caught the tube to Earls Court station
and then walked to our hotel nearby. After a coffee we headed off
to the Shard. Back to the tube station and into the city,
getting off at the nearest station that we could determine to the Shard.
We walked to the Thames River and along the riverbank path towards the Shard passing many historical landmarks and tourist attractions. Finally
we got the The Shard and after paying and the obligatory green screen
cameo we took the lift to the observatory, some 69 stories up.
After a few shots we went up to the 72nd floor (800 feet up) which is
the open air area. You, unfortunately, have to take photos through glass walls.
After the Shard we continued along the Thames waterfront and then
crossed over the river via the old London Bridge and on to the Tower of London and then to the old Roman Wall. The wall is
some 1800 years old, being built around 200 AD. Along the way we
saw a number of "Shaun the Sheep" statues which were
wonderful, our grandkids love the TV series. Being next to a tube
station we headed home. Outside the Earls Court Station was an old
Blue Police box - Dr Who? I was smiling at the thought that these boxes
|Gare du Nord Station. The train that will take us to London at 300 km/hr!||A freight train leaving its side of the Channel Tunnel as we enter our side.||Heading off sightseeing - our goal is the the Shard, the tall building in this photo.|
|Walking along beside the Thames River.
The Golden Hinde replica.
Modern Roman Soldier Statue, in front of the Southwark Cathedral; the Shard in the background
|Views from the Shard|
|The Tower of London.||The London Bridge.||Looking down to street level, 800 feet below.|
|St Paul's Cathedral.||The London Eye|
|Hay's Galleria||The Navigators, 1987, a sculpture by David Kemp||Towards the city centre.|
WWII battleship - HMS Belfast
|Tower of London||Shaun the Sheep - Working for Charity|
|The Shard||London Bridge|
|City centre - The Gherkin on the right||The Shard||Crossing over the London Bridge.|
|Cannons guarding the Tower|
|Lions in the Tower.|
|Shaun the Sheep - Working for Charity||Roman Wall - 1800 years old - Tower of London in the background.||Has Dr Who arrived? Phone Boxes actually exist!|