After we had freshened up at the hotel, we headed out for our first British meal. Naturally we found a burger joint, right? To be fair, we were starving, it was in our neighborhood, and the menu was definitely European. Most of the burgers were bison or lamb or something other than the standard American beef. It definitely wasn’t our favorite meal, but it gave us fuel to tackle the city. I had only been to London for a couple of days three summers before when I studied abroad in Italy, and Jacob had never even been overseas before. Needless to say, we were excited to spend the afternoon exploring the city. Our hotel was only two blocks from a tube station (the subway system in London) and it was very easy to use and get around any place we wanted. We took the tube to Picadilly Circus and came out of the station to see this:
Of course the dorky Visitors Bureau employee in me had to take a picture of a Visitor Center
The following Saturday was the Trooping the Colour and we were lucky enough to see the royal cavalry practicing for the big show. The Trooping of the Colour takes place in June each year to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and is carried out by her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute.
Coincidentally, I saw the same practice when I was in London the last time, but didn’t get to see the real parade. We made a mental note to swing by on Saturday to see if we could get a glimpse of the parade, and kept on walking.
We walked back through Trafalgar and down the Strand (the theatre district, where I stayed the last time I was in London), through Covent Garden and eventually stopped for dinner in Soho at a little Italian restaurant. We finally made it back to our hotel room and crashed for something like 14 hours.
The trip of a lifetime had just begun.