It’s fairly safe to say that I love London. Dreary weather and all. It had won me over within the first couple of hours I was there. These are a few photos taken during my first official sightseeing day. Armed with my new-found knowledge of the tube (which didn’t help much because my district line was down for the weekend), I headed to the city to check out the big London sights – Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey… the list goes on and on. The first stop was Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards. Being a Sunday and during the summer holidays meant that there was a massive crowd for the event. The previous day I had attended the Royal Ascot Races, where I managed to see the Queen (I didn’t take any photos – whoops). Unfortunately she wasn’t at Buckingham Palace when I visited (you can tell by what flag they’re flying). Seeing as Ol’ Lizzie wasn’t home to invite me in for tea and scones, I wandered up to Piccadilly Circus and walked around and just took everything in. Wandering around aimlessly was one of my favourite things to do on this trip. I also checked out the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. I am a bit of a museum/gallery nerd so London and Paris were like crack to me. I had to include the photo of the gates to Green Park (last photo). Talk about opulent. As a lover of all things shiny, the amount of gilt that adorned things made my inner magpie quite happy. I also ventured across to Southbank which was quite lively. Going from Brisbane to a massive city like London is crazy. There’s just so much to see and do. Which is probably why I fell head over heels for it.