I’m in a bit of a hurry this time, since I only have an hour break before my next class starts (Which you will not care about since you’ll read this in the evening anyways). But I still wanted to tell you about my weekend, which was awesome!
Saturday, I had this “Welcome to London” Day Trip, as I told you before. It started with a boat trip on the Thames (yet again). The highlight was the lunch we had on there: Lovely chicken with potatoes and vegetables and delicious chocolate-truffle cake for dessert. Mhhhm!
After about two hours, we came back to the pier and headed for our very own private double-decker bus. We were only 15 people, so we had the top deck for ourselves. The weather was pretty good, no rain, and we enjoyed the two hour ride around London with our lovely tour guide.
At St. Paul’s Cathedral, we stopped and headed up to a shopping mall. They have a roof terrace from where you have a gorgeous view of St. Paul’s and its surroundings. I absolutely recommend that to anybody who visits London. It is completely free!
The bus tour ended in front of Buckingham Palace, our last attraction for the day. YES, we had tickets for the inside tour. It was like a dream come true. Buckingham Palace is the most beautiful palace I’ve been to (and I’ve seen a few!) – all the chandeliers, intricate ceilings, tapestries and furniture are just gourgeous. They have some famous and expensive paintings as well. The current exhibition is about Royal childhood, so they had lots of toys and clothes on display and showed a few videos of Her Majesty the Queen as a child (and other royals). Unfortunately, there is no photography allowed, so I cannot show you any pictures of that. You’ll have to go and see it for yourselves. We finished the palace tour with a glass of champagne on the terrace. I felt quite privileged standing there in the dim evening light, sipping my champagne.
I still cannot believe that I won tickets for a day that otherwise would have cost me well over £100! And it gets even better: I have a free pass for one year, so I can come back to Buckingham Palace next year and see it again (it is only open in August and September)! There will be a different exhibition on then, I’m looking forward to that.
So, that was my amazing and exciting Saturday. Sunday was pretty uneventful compared to that, but I didn’t mind. I just had a relaxing day off (and I apologize for not blogging earlier, I just didn’t get in the mood).
On Monday, my real classes finally started and I will tell you all about that in my next blog post. Until then, folks, and enjoy these pictures: