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London: City Walking

In the spring of this year I was asked at the last minute to attend a summit for my work at the LinkedIn London office. I of course accepted! If we would have had more time to plan and save, we could have had Ryan come out with me and stay longer for a vacation – but everything was very last minute. I was so thankful to get to go though, it was my very first time to Europe! The work meetings were for 2 full days and then I took 2 days to explore London on my own. I am not in any of the photo’s since I was traveling alone, but I wanted to share my trip with you!

It all starts with me leaving the hotel and I just started walking to see what I could see. Day 1 in London…

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First thing I see – the famous red telephone booths!IMG_3902

Next, I run into the British Museum. IMG_3907 IMG_3908 IMG_3910No time to go inside, I gotta keep walking the town… IMG_3919 IMG_3924 IMG_3927

 

I walk straight into the famous covent garden area. There was a ton of people walking around, eating dinner, playing music, and some live street performances. It was really fun!IMG_3934 IMG_3938 IMG_3940IMG_3942 IMG_3946

Time to continue on my journey…

Lot’s of touristy stands with ‘London’ stuff…IMG_3957 IMG_3961 IMG_3964 IMG_3966 IMG_3979 IMG_3984 IMG_3988 IMG_3991 IMG_3995

The national portrait gallery…IMG_4005

Walking down Tottenham Court Road and take a look at the fountain square…IMG_4007 IMG_4010 IMG_4012 IMG_4017 IMG_4018IMG_4027 IMG_4029I keep walking and all the sudden I run into Palace of Westminster!IMG_4045

Is that ‘big ben’ I see peaking around the corner?IMG_4047

It is!IMG_4052 IMG_4054 IMG_4056 IMG_4059 IMG_4061 IMG_4066 IMG_4082

I don’t remember what this building was called, but I think it was important because I saw soldiers and signs like this…IMG_4085IMG_4091

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A few blocks down, I see the ‘Her Majesty Theater’…IMG_4117 IMG_4119 IMG_4113

And that concludes my first day in London! I simply had no plans but just walked around the city from my hotel and I have to say it was one of the best days that I was there. London is such an easy city to simply walk around and feel safe. There are signs everywhere and public transportation is very easy to understand and use. Also, everyone speaks English which definitely helps – but watch out when you are crossing the roads (they drive on the opposite side)!

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