Just before the new year, I was able to take a walk around London as the sun set. I enjoyed a different angle for photos of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament than my last visit or my trip in the fall of 2015. This time I took a few (haha) photos as I explored. Hope you enjoy them!
I loved this view when I came out from the tube and saw the evening light on the clock face. When I crossed the bridge, I was struck by this doorway before turning around to check out the view across the river.
The view while walking across Westminster Bridge
The view I’d been hoping for!
There was no way I could wait out all the people gathered there to take photos, so I decided to appreciate their presence in this photo. 🙂
Poor quality photo, but I like seeing the details on this lamppost.
The Palace of Westminster
Big Ben at different angles
Christmastime with Big Ben
The view back at Big Ben as I walked toward Westminster Abbey
Central Hall Westminster
I couldn’t get very close to this, but have appreciated this prayer on the side of Westminster Abbey since I saw it last year.
Checking out where the Prime Minister lives… it seemed pretty secure. 🙂
Walking through the Horse Guards building.
On Wednesday, Mom, my sister, and I had the opportunity to tour Windsor Castle and have afternoon tea nearby before catching the train back home.
Since my trip here has proven that my super teacher immunity is no match for British germs and I’ve had a day in, I put together this blog post to give you a taste of our time there.
My mom and I took my nephews to Windsor Castle last time I was here in October 2015 (you can see photos from that visit here, here, and here), but I found this trip to be equally fun with the addition of Christmas decor and tea with my mom and sister. I hope you enjoy these!
Christmas crackers don’t often make it into American decor, so I enjoyed seeing these at the Windsor train station.
I love the walk up to the Castle.
These photos were taken during our little detour as we waited in line on side streets to buy tickets to the Castle.
I really enjoyed all the festive decorations. They do a lot, considering the Queen doesn’t even spend Christmas in this home!
A close-up of St. George’s Gate and other views around the castle grounds. We unfortunately weren’t allowed to take photos inside the state rooms.
St. George’s Chapel
A close-up of St. George’s Chapel with animal guards. 🙂
The guards dress a bit differently in the wintertime.
Then we walked across the street to afternoon tea at Clarence Brasserie and Tea Room.
It was great getting some quality time with my sister and my mom!
What afternoon tea is all about, really.
We were able to go back past the castle on our way out to see the evening light on it.
Evening light on Windsor Castle
The Queen Victoria Statue next to Windsor.
Unique Christmas decorations by the shops next to Windsor…
The shops at the train station and awaiting our train back.