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UK Trip Day 3: June 29, 2003

June 30, 2003 @ 14:33 By: gordon Category: Travelling, UK Trip 2003

On Sunday, Rob and I headed off on our own as we tired Yuki out with all the walking on Saturday. We headed downtown with what could be described as a vague plan at best.

Hopping on the train at Wandsworth Common, we headed to Victoria station and from there we caught a bus. Wandering down Whitehall, we visited the Royal Mews, home to the horses and carriages used by the Royal Family. Most impressive was the Gold State Coach, first used by George III in 1762. It weighs four tons and takes eight horses to pull it. Check my gallery for some pictures of it.

Of course, I bought some souvenirs at the gift shop at the Royal Mews.

From the Mews we looked in the gift shop of the Queen’s art gallery and then continued along Whitehall.

We passed in front of Buckingham Palace where we watched some of the red-coated guards doing their thing.

By this point it was lunch time so we headed over to the hotdog vendor behind Canada Gate and had hotdogs at the gates of Buckingham Palace.

Once we had consumed our lunch, we headed off to Trafalgar Square. There was a protest gathering of some sort around the base of Nelson’s Column, so we moved on to Covent Garden.

At Covent Garden we went to the Cafe in the Crypt underneath St Martin-in-the-Fields.

After some shopping in the gift shop, we proceeded on to the London Transport Museum, where we joined a tour being given to a couple of other visitors. We saw the various buses and trains on display from their collection, and even got to go inside some of the vehicles not normally open to the public. Very impressive! If you’re ever in London, take a couple of hours to visit the LTM.

From the LTM, we made our way back to Rob and Yuki’s, stopping to pick up chicken and chips from a local fish & chips takeaway.

Click here to view the pictures from Day 3.

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