We made it! Our flight into Gatwick Airport was uneventful...thank goodness! But...the cab right from Gatwick into London...that's another story! It's about 25 miles and it took us almost 1 1/2 hrs to get there. Talk about traffic! We were so afraid that we would miss the changing of the guard as it was already 11:15 when we arrived at Buckingham Palace. We thought the guard changed at 11 am, but, thankfully, it was 11:30. Phew!! So, we got to see everything...well, as much as one can see with a bunch of people standing in front of you :) After the changing of the guard, we headed for the Double Decker bus and flew through the city. We jumped off at Big Ben to see the Parliment and Westminster Abbey. Wow! It would take a day just to do Westminster Abbey justice. After that we started walking and ended up at the Royal Mews at just the right time for the changing of the horse guard.
After that, we headed to the location of the London Eye and the River Boat tour. We took the boat tour first, had some dinner and then road the London Eye just at dusk so that we could see the city all lit up. Unfortunately, the majority of those pictures did not come out well. I'm not sure if it's from taking them through the glass or what.
Then, of course, we had to take a cab to Harrod's Department Store to see what was there. Wow! What a store! We only bought a little chocolate to bring home to family just so we could have a Harrod's bag and receipt. LOL!
It's been a fantastic first day!
We get up tomorrow in time to catch the 5:25 Eurostar into Paris. We've already scheduled a walking tour that covers all the main tourist attractions.
I'll try and post some pictures in a little bit. The internet connection is very slow, so, they're not uploading. I need to resize and try again.
Now, it's time to get some sleep! Check back tomorrow for Paris info.