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Time for another Honeymoon Week post! This post is Part 4 in a 6 part series chronicling my honeymoon from last summer.
Catching up on previous posts?

We started our next to last day in London with breakfast at The Troubadour, a “proper” café down the street from our hotel in Earls Court.

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Open since the 1950s, The Troubadour is a coffeehouse and cafe upstairs and a music club downstairs where Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon all played in the ’60s. troubadour_doorWe ordered a pot of tea and planned our day. When our food arrived, it was impressive.

Jacob ordered a traditional English breakfast: 

2 eggs, 2 sausage, bacon, beans,
mushrooms & fries

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Yes, it was as good as it looked.

Except the mushrooms which are always gross even in England.

After breakfast we made our way to St. James’s Park outside of Buckingham Palace to catch a view of the Trooping of the Colour.

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Trooping of the Colour is the official birthday celebration of the Queen. We had seen the rehearsal earlier in the week, but the real deal proved to be even better than we had hoped.

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When we got to St. James’s Park there were thousands of people lined up to try and see the ceremony. Jacob and I actually ended up splitting up and I was able to squeeze my way to the front row.

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Trooping the Colour is carried out by fully trained and operational troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, watched by members of the Royal Family, invited guests and members of the public.

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After the massed bands have performed a musical ‘troop’, the escorted Regimental Colour is carried down the ranks.

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The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past Her Majesty, and The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, rank past.

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During the ceremony, The Queen is greeted by a Royal salute and carries out an inspection of the troops. 
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The Queen rides in a carriage back to Buckingham Palace at the head of her Guards, before taking the salute at the Palace from a dais. The troops then return to barracks.
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Her Majesty then joins other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Air Force. *more on that in a moment

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After the ceremony was over the crowd dissipated and luckily Jacob and I were able to find each other easily.

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We walked to the nearest tube station and hopped off at Covent Garden.

On our way we passed some street performers.

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  This guy was my favoritestreet perfomer_dog

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There was a model search going on just outside of the Central Market. Obviously, they tried to recruit me but I had to decline. We had too much to do for me to waste my time signing a silly contract ;)

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Remember that military flyover I mentioned? Yeah, we didn’t know about it and almost had heart attacks when we were strolling through Covent Garden and jets starting circling overhead.

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A former fruit and vegetable market,  Covent Garden is now a popular shopping center with cafes, pubs, small shops, and a craft market called the Apple Market.

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Soon we found ourselves famished and decided to try lunch at The Golden Hind. The Golden Hind is a casual little restaurant that’s famous for its fish and chips. It was the one place Jacob requested we go while in London. After getting lost a few times we finally found it but it was closed! Apparently they are open really random hours and we had just missed lunchtime.

Not to be deterred we grabbed lunch in a nearby pub before heading back to our hotel room to get ready for the second celebration of the day.

The Trooping of the Colour ceremony also happened to be the day that England had its first game of the 2010 World Cup. Against the United States.

Needless to say, they take soccer pretty seriously in England, so the entire city was overtaken with World Cup paraphernalia the entire time we were there.

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Opting not to get into a bar brawl with a drunk ‘football’ fan, we quietly slipped into a table at the back of the pub down the street from our hotel. The bar was packed and before we knew it the game had begun.

Fun fact: Jacob and I were cheering for England (you know, the whole not getting beat up thing) and the guys next to us thought we were British. Jacob was totally talking to them in an English accent and they bought it. At one point the guys next to us were making fun of this dorky (obviously American) tourist who was chanting U.S.A. and laughing about it with Jacob. Hilarious.

I didn’t take any pictures because we wanted to enjoy it and blend in, but we do have video footage to prove Jacob pretended to be British for an entire soccer match.

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The United States and England actually tied 1 to 1 in the match, but for us the day was definitely a win.

I’ll be back tomorrow with our last day in London!

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Welcome back to Honeymoon Week! This post is Part 3 in a 6 part series chronicling my honeymoon from last summer.
Catching up on previous posts?

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After our Paris trip we slept well and woke up the next day ready to see more of London. We decided to check out Parliament and Westminster Abbey first. Coming out of the tube we were greeted by the London Eye.

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The London Eye is one of the most iconic sights of London. Opened in March 2000, it is basically a giant ferris wheel that you can pay to take a 30 minute rotation of the London skyline in one of the 32 capsules.

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Remembering a tip from one of our guidebooks, we walked out to the midddle of the Westminster Bridge to get a good view of Big Ben and Parliament.

Our view even had musical accompaniment.bagpipe

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The business of Parliament takes place in two places, the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Big Ben is the clock tower at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, it was built in 1859.

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The tower is known as Big Ben because that was the nickname of the largest bell in the clock tower which was originally called the Great Bell.

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Walking down the street we made our way around the Houses of Parliament.

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A school group of children had the same idea.

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We paid our respects to Oliver Cromwell

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and couldn’t forget Winston Churchill

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Just like the last time I was in London (I can’t believe it’s been 4 years!), Parliament Square in between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament was covered in protesters. The“Peace Camp” as it is known is a group of anti-war campaigners and other protesters who camp out on Parliament Square daily.

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When you turn away from the Peace Camp you are greeted by the lovely Westminster Abbey.

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Westminster Abbey is revered as the greatest church in the English-speaking world.  There was actually a pretty famous wedding there a few weeks ago, perhaps you heard about it?

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We spent several hours wandering the magnificent church but unfortunately you’re not allowed to take pictures inside (although we did sneak a few videos).

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Westminster Abbey has been the place where England’s kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. A thousand years of English history — 3,000 tombs, the remains of 29 kings and queens, and hundreds of memorials — lie within its walls and under its stone slabs.

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We did get to see a wedding party at Westminster Abbey, even if they weren’t royal.

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By the time we left the abbey we were starving and knew exactly what we wanted for lunch.

Remember Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Tavern?

We decided we couldn’t leave London without dining in one of Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite pubs.

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Made up of several connected, dimly lit rooms with low ceilings, it was the perfect place for Jacob to finally get an authentic order of Fish and Chips.

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When you go to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Tavern, you have to have a  pint of Samuel Smith, the house beer.

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Check out that bling. We were married and it was official.

Uh oh, looks like Jacob had a few too many pints.

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This award on the wall next to us was from a cooking exhibition in 1910.

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Properly hydrated and fueled, we left Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese and made our way back to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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We turned at St. Paul’s and walked towards the Millenium Bridge.

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Along the way we passed knightrider_court                  

No David Hasselhoff sightings unfortunately.

You may remember this pedestrian bridge from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when several of Voldemort’s Death Eaters destroy the bridge. No thanks.

(The bridge collapse is at :55 in)

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We crossed without any Death Eater attacks and made our way to the Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare’s company erected the storied Globe Theatre around 1598 in London’s Bankside district.

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Which was closed. Womp womp.

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In 1613, the original Globe Theatre burned to the ground when a cannon shot during a performance of Henry VIII ignited the thatched roof of the gallery. The company completed a new Globe on the foundations of its predecessor before Shakespeare’s death. It continued operating until 1642, when the Puritans closed it down (and all the other theatres, as well as any place, for that matter, where people might be entertained). Puritans razed the building two years later in 1644 to build tenements upon the premises. The Globe would remain a ghost for the next 352 years.

The foundations of the Globe were rediscovered in 1989, rekindling interest in a fitful attempt to erect a modern version of the amphitheater. Led by the vision of the late Sam Wanamaker, workers began construction in 1993 on the new theatre near the site of the original. The latest Globe Theatre was completed in 1996.

FYI the Globe Theater only gives tours in the morning. In case you were wondering.

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Moving along we walked a little further to the real reason we had crossed the Millenium Bridge, Tate Modern.  

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No pictures inside this one either, but I really loved this museum.The collection ranged from Monet, Matisse, Dalí, Picasso, Warhol, and many more.

After we left Tate Modern we took the tube back to our neighborhood (Kensington, more on that later) and grabbed dinner in a little italian restaurant before calling it a night.

Tomorrow I have a sighting of the Queen and the United States  vs. England World Cup game. I know you’ll be waiting on the edge of your seat.

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