Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Town Mouse, Country Mouse

We made our way from Edinburgh to London by train...without a reserved seat. That was a mistake. I've never travelled by train without a reserved seat, and that was quite annoying. However, we made it to London without my having to drive more English countryside. Thank goodness.

Welcome to London!
Stopped for a picture across the river
A quick stop at the historical site of talks with Texas...back in the good ol' days when Texas was independent
We checked into The Langham London on Mother's Day. The place is amazing, pure luxury near Oxford Circus and all that shopping! We enjoyed some more pub food for dinner and then took a Black Taxi Tour by night. London is a beautiful city at night. The thing I love about all of Europe is so easily portrayed by London itself--history, and stories, and romance, and diversity, and the hustle and bustle of a big city. I love that. On the other hand, Mom hates that kind of thing. However, I was able to get her out to see Buckingham Palace and to tour Westminster Abbey, as well as Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. We walked by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and basically called it a day with one more meal of traditional English pub food.

The Abbey. A week late for the wedding.
Buckingham Palace, again just a wee bit late for the wedding...and the flash mob that occurred here earlier that day.
Good ol' Big Ben
Then back to our super comfy and luxe beds at The Langham for one last night before catching the flight back to Dallas. I wasn't sure if I should be excited or sad. Oh, mother country, how I love thee.

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