On my way back from Israel I took an extended layover in London to see the sites. It was the first time I had been to England and I immediately fell in love with the country. Except for the whole driving on the “wrong” side of the road!
After arriving at the airport I rented a car and drove straight to Stonehenge. This has been on my bucket list for a long time and it was well worth the white-knuckle driving it took to get there. I was ok on the motorway but in town I had to be constantly thinking when I made my turns. The worst part was trying to parallel park in front of a restaurant when I met a friend for dinner.
After dropping off the car back at the airport I took the train into the city for the night. The next day I pretty much hit pretty much all the major sites in London, with exception of most of the castles. I did make it to the Tower of London and took the audio tour there. I also missed the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace due to it being an off day and didn’t get to cross Abbey Road (but really, I was by myself…what kind of Beatles picture was I going to get).
One of the highlights was getting the inside scoop from a friend who grew up in London about the best salt beef beigel. It was well worth it to take a couple trains to get across town to Brick Lane. And don’t get me started about the fish and chips I had over on Portobello Road!
I think my favorite part of the trip was visiting Westminster Abbey. I can not describe the beauty and history in that one building. I’ve been to many other beautiful cathedrals in Paris and Istanbul but there’s something special about Westminster. It is safe to say that I’d go back to London just to visit Westminster again!
London is a great town and the family would love seeing the sites so I know I’ll be back some day!