London, Uncategorized

June 30

This morning we got up and sadly found out that we couldn’t go to Wimbledon since they take a holiday on Sunday. We ate at the Bagel café down our street again. Then we went to Buckingham Palace and I must say its a lot more impressive than the White House. Much bigger and the grounds around it are prettier. You enter the gates by coming through a park. After we saw the guards baracades right next to the queens palace. We took another bus to St. Paul’s cathedral and it was really gorgeous. They were having mass at the time so we couldn’t take a tour so the Ahmed’s and I all lit a candle in the chapel. Then we left to take a boat ride on the Thames river. We had a really nice tour guide (who wasn’t officially a tour guide) who pointed out all the buildings and told us a bunch of facts. For example, Big Ben is actually named after the bell inside the tower. It’s named Big Ben because the commissioner was very short and fat and resembled a bell. He also said a big secret of London was that the commissioner first name wasn’t actually Benjamin that was his nickname, his first name was Richard. But they didn’t want to call the tower Big Richard! After the boat ride we shopped at the biggest tourist shop ever called cool Brittania in Picadilly circus and grabbed several gifts from there. Then we saw a man playing the drums really well and some 3 living statues. We took the underground back to Paddington and got strawberries and cream and some macaroons. Then we went to an Italian restaurant, getting the veggie pizza of course! I got inducted into the family by passing 9/10 questions right about cars! Woohoo! (With only a little help from Sara’s brother Ali…Shh…) Got some cheesecake with berries on top and headed on home to pack! On the way home we saw the coolest thing, a street art picture by Banksy! Banksy is the most famous street artist in the world known for living in London, creating controversial and beautiful pieces of art. It was cool that we actually got to see one. The last day day of London was amazing and I know I’m going to miss it! Off to Vienna, Austria next!

Much love,
Cailyn ❤🇬🇧😘

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