We began our Baltic cruise in London. Mr. B loves the city and it was my first time but we only had one day before we started our cruise. We stayed in the iconic St. James Hotel and it was everything British. You could even have afternoon tea.
In our short time we hit all the must see sites. We first went to Westminister Abbey. Over 3000 people are buried inside including Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and Shakespeare. You can’t take photos inside but trust me it’s everything you’ve seen in the movies.
Close to Westminister Abbey is Big Ben. We loved hearing the chime and learned that it chimes 24/7. I guess if you live close you get use to the ringing.
Walking to the Thames we saw this cool statue of triumphant women on a chariot. I didn’t know who they were so I checked it out. It is Boudicca and her daughters. She was a queen of a native British tribe. She raised her people in revolt against the occupation of Rome and burned London to the ground.
We took a quick Thames river cruise. It’s always fun to see a town from the water. London Bridge is magnificent. It was interesting to learn the original London Bridge was moved to Lake Havasu, AZ. I’ll have to add that to my bucket list.
We also passed by the tower of London. I didn’t realize how close it was to the city. I was quite a fortress. Next time I’ll have to do the tour and meet a Beefeater.
We had breakfast at The George a famous medieval pub but I’m not sure about pork and beans with breakfast.
I loved the architecture of London. There where flowers everywhere. It seems to me that our big cities in the USA should have more flowers. Maybe they do and I just don’t notice.
I had to go to Harrods and get some treats and tea for our cruise. It was a beautiful store and lives up to it’s reputation of opulence. It has a little tourist section and I did buy a black and gold tote – it’s my version of a designer bag.