Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sybil & Bill, part II

When (aunt) Sybil and (uncle) Bill returned to London from their trip north to Edinburgh and York, the weather had taken a dramatic turn for the better -- warm, sunny, and glorious.  What a difference from when they first arrived!

On Saturday we went into central London and did some sightseeing...
The London Eye
From the Westminster Bridge
Big Ben
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace
Setting up for the Jubilee Concert
Diamond Jubilee plaque in front of the palace
Wellington Arch
And for the grand finale, a West End performance of Wicked. It was a fabulous show, and more than made up for the dud we had seen the week before.
Sunday we took the train to Hampton Court Palace, former home of Henry VIII, Charles I, William & Mary, and George II.  It was a perfect day to explore the palace and its extensive gardens.
Hampton Court Palace Gates
Rose Garden
Main Entrance
This guy clearly doesn't trust Josh around his beer
One of six giant fireplaces in the kitchens
Fountain in Base Court
Great Hall
Beautiful stained glass windows
Henry VIII and pals
South Front garden
My new hat came in handy on this warm, sunny day
Late afternoon sun on the palace
 On Monday, we took a cruise along the Thames to Greenwich.
The London Eye
World's largest photograph from the Queen's Silver Jubilee
The Shard
Tower Bridge
Tower of London
The Cutty Sark
 We disembarked in Greenwich and visited the National Maritime Museum...
Ship in a Bottle
Prince Frederick's Barge, ca 1731
Baltic Exchange memorial window: VICTORY
 And the adjacent Queen's House -- now used as an art gallery...
Tulip Stairs in Queen's House
And we enjoyed the amazing view from the hilltop by the Royal Observatory.  The 2012 Olympic equestrian events will be held in Greenwich, so we also got a sneak preview of the venue, which was still under construction.
Greenwich Olympic venue
Another beautiful day in London!  If only we could have weather like this all summer...

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