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Westminster, Whitehall and a pink pelican...

plus a squirrel or two

snow

Managed to get going this morning, and into London. We got out at Westminster Station just as Big Ben was striking eleven, so the kids thought it was great. We remembered to take Joelin’s stroller today, plus the two little blankets that we brought with us, and he was well wrapped up. Emerlyn wrapped the other blanket around her as we walked around. We took photos from Westminster Bridge then went round the corner into Parliament Square, and into Westminster Abbey. First time I’ve been in there, so I was quite impressed. We were planning to walk up to Buckingham Palace, but the wind was too cold, so we headed down a side street and up into Horseguards along the end of St James’s Park. Saw a very cold and pink pelican, and some squirrels up close. We went through the arch at Horseguards and saw some of the guards and once we got onto Whitehall we saw the mounted guards. We went up Whitehall into Trafalgar Square, after a quick stop for lunch. The fountains at Trafalgar Square are completely frozen over. We opted to do the Hop on Hop off bus, so got on up near the National Gallery. Joelin wanted to sit up the top, and he was there for a few stops before he went back downstairs to daddy. Emerlyn & I stayed up the top until it started to snow. We stayed with the tour for about half of it, and with Joelin asleep, decided to get off at Embankment to start the journey home. We did go past Cleopatra’s Needle, but it was covered in scaffolding, so we didn’t miss much.
By the time we got back to Upminster it was snowing quite a lot, and we had a little wait at the bus stop. Luckily the snow had stopped by the time we got close to Gill & John’s place, so the walk home wasn’t too bad, but we were glad to get back into the warmth.
Gill has spoken to her cousin in Somerset and they are apparently snowed in, so I’m not sure how we will go with our plans to drive around, but we will retain our optimism and say we will get somewhere. Even if we manage to get anywhere, we can always stay there for a few days and really explore. Bit disappointed that we may not get too far north, but we did hit the worst weather in 30 years, so I guess I just have to accept that.

Photos to come later, sorry, too tired to do them now

Posted by Gezzem 13:52 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged lodging

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