Today was the date of our Hop On Hop Off bus tour with Big Bus Tour. So, we woke up really early despite having lack of sleep. We still had jet lag. But I didn’t mind it. I was waking up in London! How many people can say that? Okay fine, maybe millions. But you get my point. Going back to my story, the meeting point of the bus tour is near Green Park. When we got to Green Park we decided to might as well visit it before getting on the bus since we’re already there. The park is full of tourists like us. I didn’t get it at first since Green Park is not that beautiful to get so much attention. We had no idea where we were going. We just followed the other tourists while admiring the greeneries of Green Park. Yes, I did that on purpose. To our surprise, the park ended in Buckingham Palace! We kept laughing because we weren’t expecting to see the royal family’s residence until tomorrow. That explains the hordes of tourists.
|The greenest park I've ever seen|
|The Buckingham Palace|
|I know you're hiding behind the curtains|
Luckily, we arrived just before the changing of the guards. We waited for a while and eventually the ceremony started. There was a band playing music while the guards march. It was a festive atmosphere. Everyone was excited. Tourists like us from different parts of the globe were witnessing a long British tradition that we would normally see only in television. It was really fun. It started to drizzle so went back to Green Park after we bid goodbye to the Queen.
It started getting cold to the point that my whole body was shivering. I couldn’t feel my hands, and my back was aching because of the cold. My sisters and I ran back to the park and went inside the nearest Tube station where the temperature is warmer. I immediately went to the restroom to take a leak. I was holding it since the start of the parade. I raised my head and heaved a sigh of relief. I freaked out when I saw a security camera directly on top of the urinal that I was using. What the hell. Was I in Big Brother?
|What better way to get around the city than the iconic open top bus!|
|The Liberty Mall|
|Hollister's opening day in Regent's Street|
|It's more fun in the Philippines ad|
We got off at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square to have a restroom break and find something to eat. Museums are one of the best places to use free restrooms in Europe. Since we were already inside the museum, we decided to look around. The museum houses paintings from Western Europe from 13th to 19th century. I loved it there. I could stay there all day and just admire all the beautiful paintings they have inside. I enjoyed it a lot than the British Museum. Too bad photography is not allowed.
|St. Paul's Cathedral|
|The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe|
|The Tower Bridge|
|Tower of London|
|My mother enjoying the ride|
|Breathtaking view of the city|
|Bird's-eye view of the Palace of Westminster|
|I was shivering here|
|My cute little sister Sophia|
|Best way to end the day|