Thursday, July 15, 2010


We made it to London!

Yesterday we took a high-speed train from Paris to London, and it was awesome.  The train goes about 210 mph through the north of France, under the English Channel, and then through the south of England, stopping at King's Cross Station in London.  The whole trip took just over two hours.

Once we got here, we started checking out the city immediately.  It was everything I had pictured and more.  We ate lunch at a tiny cafe across the street from our hotel, and then headed to the tube (that's English for the subway system, which we are starting to master!).  When we got off the underground, we ran through some rain to make it to the immaculate British Museum.  As soon as we entered, I think we both just stopped in our tracks, mouths agape.  This place is absolutely incredible, and there's no way to see all of it in one day.  We saw ancient Egyptian artifacts (including the beard of the Sphinx and mummies!), Grecian statues, and ancient money.  We're hoping to go back tomorrow to find the Rosetta Stone and ancient Iranian artifacts.

Today we walked around London some more and got to see Westminster Abby, Big Ben, and the London Eye!  I think I almost starting dancing down the street when I saw Big Ben--I can't quite put into words the feeling of actually getting to see with your own eyes these incredibly beautiful places that you've seen so many times in pictures or in movies.

Afterwards, we headed to the Natural History Museum, which is a must-see for any science nerd.  We saw reconstructions and fossils of dinosaurs, a skeleton and model of a blue whale, rare gems and diamonds, and incredible footage of life in the womb, to name a few.

I shall leave you with some more pictures.  If you have trouble seeing them, you may want to head over to the actual blog:

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