London Bridge is…

Jeremy started today out by running a 5K all over London, while I started the day sleeping in bed.  I have to admit, I was a bit tired after yesterday’s adventures.  Thankfully, by nine or so, we were both ready to go.  First on the agenda, was hiring an uber driver to get us over to the River Thames.  I’ll be honest, I was a bit nervous.  Because when you’re in a strange country it seems, well strange, to hire a stranger to drive you around.  Thankfully, it all worked out just fine.  Our driver was super friendly and talkative and in our fifteen or so minute drive we learned quite a bit about him, his job and the wonderful city he drives in.  I sneakily took a picture, but it wasn’t great at all.  Oh well.

We arrived safe and sound right by the Tower of London.  We debated purchasing tickets to go and see the Crown Jewels, but in the end decided against it.  It wa kind of pricy, and we felt we could go an have other adventures that would be just as fun for us.

So we walked over to see the bridges.  There are quite a few located all along The River Thames.  Our first one, was the Tower Bridge, and the one that I assumed was the infamous “London Bridge” from that song that you learn as a child.  But upon closer examination, I learned it was not.  It was called the Tower Bridge and it was quite beautiful.  We strolled across it and enjoyed it’s majesty.

But where then, was the London Bridge?  We decided to take the path along the river and were surprised when we came up to the next bridge.  It was simple, especially in relation to the Tower Bridge and it looked like this:

So you can imagine our surprise when we crossed under it and learned that it was indeed, the London Bridge.  I can’t lie.  I was super unimpressed.  I mean, you spend your childhood singing that strange song, and you assume it’s about something grand, but then you realize that the London bridge is just a plain old bridge that looks like it could use a good cleaning.  It’s probably going to take some time to get over.

Moving on.  Oh, but actually backing up a bit.  At the base of the cooler and more distinct Tower Bridge, we found a few food stands.  One of them called Poptata was selling hot and fresh fries so we decided to try them out.  Bottom line is, they were amazing!  Best fries ever, and actually a nice way to warm up a bit on what was kind of a chilly day.

We continued on our journey along the river into the afternoon.  We eventually crossed over to check out the Tate Modern Museum.  We wandered for a bit and it didn’t take long for me to fine a Kandinsky.  He’s one of my favorite artists.

After the museum, we walked over to the Shakespeare Globe.  It was cool, even though we aren’t big Shakespeare fans.  My favorite part was this cool bird on the gate out.

After the Globe, we continued to walk along the Thames.  It was a fun walk and there was so much to see.  Parts of it were pretty crowded.

We did take a break to relax and found a street vendor selling tiny donuts.  We bought a pack and they were hot and delicious.

And eventually, we reached our destination which was the London Eye.  Weirdly, I think that huge Ferris wheels are scary, so we didn’t go on it.  But we did take a picture by it and that was fun enough for me.

After we walked over to Big Ben.  Which by reading a London children’s book in the gift shop, I learned was not the clock, but the name of the bell in the tower. 

From there, was walked past a refugee rally

To the National Gallery to check out some more art.  I learned that Van Gogh painted crabs, which is something I never knew.  Starry Nights, yes.  Sunflowers, yes.  But who knew he painted crabs?  Not me.

We finished our day with dinner and another evening stroll.  We decided to come back to the hotel a bit early to rest up for more adventures tomorrow.  That about sums up another fun day in London.  Sorry for doubling up on the pictures, but I really loved this one of us and Ben.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

One comment

  1. Laura, if you get the chance, you really should ride the London Eye. It is amazing. I do not like Ferris Wheels but this feels nothing like a Ferris wheel when you are in one of the cubicles. It goes very slow and in fact, doesn’t stop to load unless there is a handicapped person. You just step on. We went up in the evening and it was breath taking. Try it, you’ll like it.

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