Our third day in London was off to an interesting start. Tom awoke with back pain and Rob had stomach issues. After a light breakfast to get to our tour bus for a tour of the city, we started walking toward Trafalagar Square, which is east of our hotel room. We didn't know that the Queen was opening Parliament until we started walking toward Parliament (which was between our hotel and our destination). We found out that the Queen's event shut down so many blocks that it took TWO HOURS to get 30 minutes away!
So many streets were shut down that we would up going way out of our way to Victoria Station, and had to take the tube (subway) back to Trafalgar Square!
|Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: CBS News|
TO SEE THE QUEEN OPENING PARLIAMENT (because we didn't!) WATCH CBS NEWS REPORT: The Queen opened Parliament on Wednesday, May 9th, and we couldn't see her but we did experience CBS NEWS (2 min. 45 seconds): Britain's Queen Elizabeth opened a new session of Parliament in a very colorful ceremony, one of her most traditional and important roles. Charlie D'Agata reports on VIDEO. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7407984n
|Tom at Prince Albert Memorial|
PRINCE ALBERT MEMORIAL - This gaudy memorial was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid fever in 1861. - I did enhance the color on the photo, though, because the skies were gray, and it rained on and off, and high temperatures were in the upper 40s (Fahrenheit). Below is a short video that we made after we arrived at Prince Albert's Memorial!
|Royal Albert Hall|
ROYAL ALBERT HALL - is located across from Kensington Garden and the Prince Albert Memorial. According to the hall's website, "The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfill the vision of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's consort) of a 'Central Hall' that would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Science."
HARROWING HARRODS - We did venture into Harrod's Department store, just out of curiosity. We only saw designer clothes, perfumes and accessories for sale. Certainly nothing that we could afford, so we used the bathroom! Well, we had to "Make our mark" in Harrods, right? :)