|So many nice pubs in London. Many are called something's arms due to their Union origins.|
|All the cabs in London looks like this.|
|Would it hurt to get some double-decker buses in the US?|
We started off staying with one of Andrew's friends who is going to grad school in London. She lived in the Isle of Dogs, right by an Asda which is the British Walmart (it actually is owned by Walmart). Her place had a great view of the River Thames and was the nicest place we had stayed in quite some time. The Isle of Dogs used to be known as a wretched place filled with sailors and whores, but times have changed and now it's a nice suburban part of London full of condos and apartment buildings.
|One view from Andrew's friend's flat over the River Thames.|
|The other view from the flat over the River Thames.|
|Andrew, Big Ben and Parliament - everything is right with the world.|
|The most British picture ever - hands down.|
Despite the French invasion, we enjoyed St. James park. Such a peaceful place right in the center of busy London. It's quite the treat. Lots of unusual birds hanging about as well (at least unusual to an American).
|A black swan, and Natalie Portman nowhere in sight.|
When we finally got to the Queen's house, Andrew was disappointed that the Queen wasn't shuffling about in a bathrobe with a cup of coffee. We didn't sit around long enough to see the changing of the guard, but did see a lot of funny looking blokes in big furry hats.
|The obligatory Buckingham Palace selfie.|
|Ye ol' local watering hole.|
After a grand send off full of wine and Indian food, he was gone and we had a lovely, homey, well-located place to stay. We got seriously lucky.
|Andrew working in front of Uncle Jean's great Lamb's Navy Rum bookshelf|
|London is so multicultural that they put a Chinese pagoda in a park named for the Queen.|
|Front row seat on the second story of a double-decker bus - ain't nothing better.|
|We also didn't stand in line. We snuck in a picture while the next person in line was putting on their Hogwarts scarf.|
The next stop was Abbey Road for the customary shot walking across the street. The funny thing is that Abbey Road is a fairly busy street. So there are cars whizzing by as tourists try to slowly stroll across. Many times, the traffic just has to stop as a entitled tourist stops in the middle of the road to get the optimal shot. Andrew didn't feel that entitled and waited for a break in traffic before he made his jaunt across the famous crosswalk.
|Where's John, Paul, George and the other one when you need them.|
|Quick pit-stop at a quaint park by the Museum.|
|The Rosetta Stone.|
|A three thousand year old Egyptian door.|
|Old Alexander the Great himself.|
|The amazing atrium in the British Museum.|
Finally we headed to Trafalgar Square, known as the center of London. We showed up right after some gigantic pillow fight must had gone on because the whole area was covered in pillow feathers and we even saw a few people walking around with intact pillows.
|Protecting our territory at Camp Stansted.|
|Breakfast of champions. Can you tell how good of a night sleep Andrew got?|