Again, we started the day early. We had two destinations in mind for the day – Buckingham Palace and the National Gallery. By the end of the day we had walked over 10 miles. And so we began our walk to Buckingham Palace through Hyde Park and what a beautiful park it is. The trees are immense and form beautiful, green umbrellas. There are many joggers and bicyclists as well.
Within an hour or so, we made it to Buckingham Palace. There were tons of tourists but we were still able to get some good views of the grounds and the palace itself.
We forged onward to Trafalgar Square where we reached the National Gallery. That too was quite a distance by foot. The National Gallery is immense and contains many beautiful pieces of work. They had a special exhibition, “Michelangelo and Sebastiano”, which was very impressive. No photos were allowed in the exhibition, however, I did capture a photo of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
We headed toward the River Thames – passed Downing Street and arrived near Big Ben and the Parliament. We also took a few personal shots of the London Eye.
Back to the hotel, rest a bit and then head out to dinner. Tonight we dined at Bar Boulud which is one of Daniel Boulud’s newest restaurants in London. We first had drinks at the Dorchester Hotel which had a charity event with people dressed to the nines. Here are a few dishes from Bar Boulud.
We called it a night and headed back to the hotel. It was a great day and we covered a lot of ground.
The weather was perfect our entire stay in London and we met a lot of very friendly people. It’s a very busy and beautiful city.
Our luggage gets set out in the hallway at 7am so that the folks from Regent can take it to the ship. We board our bus at 10:15am and take the 2 hour ride to Southampton. I’ll have more in the days ahead.