On Monday Walter, my Mum and myself went to London for the day sightseeing. I've been there many times before, so I thought I'd show Walter around!
First off we had to get the C2C train from Basildon Station. Walter said he was expecting some old fashioned steam train at the station seen as we were in England. I told him he was a very cheeky dinosaur!
Our first sightseeing stop was Tower Bridge and Tower Of London. It was packed there, as it was a nice warm day. There was no chance of going into the Tower as we would've had to queue for about 4 hours lol! While we were there we visited some gift shops and Walter picked out some London gifts and postcards to take back to Hilary in September. He made some good choices, I reckon!
Next was Big Ben, the Houses Of Parliament and the London Eye. Luckly all 3 places are right next door to each other, so we took all the pictures from the same spot! When walking back to the station we passed an American family; the little girl was pointing out the London Eye to her Mum. Hearing a familiar accent made Walter think of home, and he got a bit upset. He suddenly realised he was a long way away from his Mum! I gave him a cuddle and after a while he cheered up a bit.
By the time we got to Buckingham Palace he was much better. We stood at the side of the gates to take a picture as there were tons of tourists at the front of the gates, and you couldn't get there if you tried! We even spotted some guards in the palace grounds! Not sure if the Queen was in or not; we couldn't see her!
Next: Trafalgar Square. There we got pics of Nelson's Column, lots of statues and fountains, the National Art Gallery and Admiralty Arch. I wanted to get a picture of Walter sitting on one of the Lion statues at the bottom of Nelsons Column, but there were already people posing there, so we left that.
Piccadilly Circus and all it's lights were next, then I took Walter to see Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. I was treated there when I as a child many times; it's a special place to me and it was somewhere I wanted to show Walter. Also the tube station of Great Ormond Street is Russell Square, which was one of the tube stations targeted in the London bombings on 7th July 2005. It's sad walking through that station knowing what happened there :o(
It had been a tiring day, and we were happy to get back on the C2C train to Basildon. On the way back we passed Canary Wharf in the far distance. So we got a picture of that too. Walter was so tired he went to sleep on the train!
We plan to go back to London to do more sightseeing after our holiday :o)