Enchanting London

Day 2 in London started off with a nice view from the hotel:

View from Trafalgar Hotel - Room 305

View from Trafalgar Hotel – Room 305

We explored the lobby area

Hilton Trafalgar Lobby & Bar

Hilton Trafalgar Lobby & Bar

Breakfast was included, and we were allowed one item from the menu as well as the continental breakfast.  The menu offerings were English Breakfast, pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict and a few other items.  Since this was our first full day, we just had to have English Breakfast, which consisted of baked beans, egg, bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes, and black pudding (which I did not eat as this makes me feel a bit uneasy).  

English Breakfast - complete with Black Pudding

English Breakfast – complete with Black Pudding

Here’s a view of our table, and then a view of the restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Now to the outside which beckoned me with all its might.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square area

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

We headed to Charing Cross Station and bought our travel passes – I was told it was best to buy Oyster Cards, that are basically tube and bus passes that you swipe for unlimited travel during a certain period of days.  2 adult Oyster 3 day passes were £60, that contained a £5 refundable deposit per pass – so the net cost was £50, plus £3.60 per day for my son’s travel pass.  London certainly is not cheap for getting around or eating out, but it is well worth it.  These passes can be used unlimited amounts per day and after you have used £8.60 or so up in a day, it won’t take any more from the balance off your card, so you can keep on taking more rides after you have maxed that amount out, and you won’t pay anything further – the key is to at least use it up to the value of £8.60 in that day.  However, I think a single ride is about £2.70 or £3.30 or so, so it makes sense to get the Oyster Pass and you can use it on the red double decker buses (just not the Big Bus sightseeing buses).

The London Underground - Piccadilly Circus

The London Underground – Piccadilly Circus

Oh, the train is here!

The Tube

The Tube

The London Underground

The London Underground

The London Underground

The London Underground

So where to today?  I thought we’d just wander around and might as well start off with Buckingham Palace.  This involved taking the train to Green Park and then walking through the park to the Palace.  We could have walked to Buckingham Palace from our hotel in Trafalgar Square, it would only have been a 12 minute walk or so.

Once we had come out of Green Park station, this is some of what we saw

The Big Bus, London

The Big Bus, London

near the Ritz Hotel

near the Ritz Hotel

Sightseeing bus

Sightseeing bus

London

London

London near the Ritz Hotel

London near the Ritz Hotel

I had always fancied going into the Ritz Hotel, this is a favorite hotel of the well-off, including celebrities and royalty.  Therefore, my curiosity peaked and I could not resist going in.  

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

I can just imagine Princess Diana being welcomed by this employee of the Ritz and then entering the hotel. 

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

Here are some pictures taken in the hotel

The Ritz Hotel, London

The Ritz Hotel, London

Here I am at the Ritz

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

Last one of the Ritz

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

Better stay on track and get to Buckingham Palace – so we headed through Green Park.  English parks are so beautiful, just how parks are supposed to be – with lakes, ducks, and lots of greenery.  The parks in London are some of the best I’ve ever seen.  People in London really make use of the parks, and frequent them often.

Green Park, London

Green Park, London

Here’s my little girl enjoying Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

 Just a nice building I saw in Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Here is that building again

Green Park

Green Park

Here’s an English Bobby (another word for police man) in Green Park

English Bobby in Green Park

English Bobby in Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park with a view of Buckingham Palace

Green Park with a view of Buckingham Palace

We have arrived at Buckingham Palace, every time I see this place – it feels like the first time, and that is how I feel about most of the places in London, they are special to me time and time again.

Guards Marching outside of Buckingham Palace

Guards Marching outside of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace and it's beautiful blooming flowers

Buckingham Palace and it’s beautiful blooming flowers

There’s me and Chandi with the blooming flowers of the Palace behind us

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

This memorial just opposite Buckingham Palace is another must-see and very popular with tourists

QueenVictoriaMemorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

BuckingamPalaceGuard

Buckingham Palace Guard

BuckinghamPalace4

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Informational Sign

Buckingham Palace Informational Sign

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

and yet one more of the Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Gates

Buckingham Palace Gates

Now, I will show you one last photo of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

As we left Buckingham Palace and walked by one London’s many parks – St. James’s Park – so central, just like Green Park, and Hyde Park.  We saw this memorial on the ground – I had to take a picture – I absolutely adored Princess Diana.

Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Walk

Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Walk

We continued on our walk until we got to a tube station that would take us to Westminster, and this is what we saw:

Flowers of London, near Buckingham Palace

Flowers of London, near Buckingham Palace

St. James' Park

St. James’ Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

I take way too many pictures, and just think that each picture is unique in it’s own way.  I don’t want to tire you with all my pictures of Buckingham Palace, and the Parks, but believe me….I have many more!   However, I feel that you can get an insight into life in London – at least with the park pictures, as there are mostly local Londoner’s in the pictures who are on their lunch breaks, and just enjoying the beauty of what is around them.   Next post, I will show you some more of what we saw today on Day 2 (which was our first full day in London).

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I love travel, and cruises, and exploring the world. I also like taking pictures, and treasuring those memories.

3 responses to “Enchanting London”

  1. Sartenada says :

    Wonderful set of gorgeous photos. Among them my favorite is Princess Diana Memorial Walk. In Paris where she dead we have been visiting at “Alma bridge” and remembering how it happened.

    • luchanik says :

      Hi Matti, it is wonderful to hear from you, and thank you for your lovely comment. Out of all my pictures of London, I would say that one of the Princess Diana Memorial Walk is one of my favorites. Whenever I see something related to Princess Diana in London, it touches my heart greatly as she was such a wonderful and inspirational person. I don’t know how I would feel if I visited the place where she passed away in Paris – that would be very difficult I think. I’m glad that you got to pay your respects to her in Paris though. Thank you for visiting my blog, and have a terrific September!

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