If you had three days (72 hours) in the UK where would you go? Last year Pretty Handsome Guy and I had this exact dilemna. We had three days to explore London and the surrounding area. It was a whirlwind trip and we walked 10 miles the first day, 8 miles the second and 7 miles the third day. We saw plenty and brought home many pictures and memories.

I was reminded of our trip this week as the world is turning its lens on London for the upcoming Royal wedding. I hope you will enjoy some of the photos from our trip last April.

Warning: This is a photo intensive post, so I promise to keep the chatter to a minimum.

Me in Trafalgar Square with my Starbucks in hand.

Pretty Handsome Guy and I are such American tourists! We HAD to have our Starbucks every morning. Sheesh.

Okay, now that we got our Starbucks confession out of the way…

Tower Bridge over the Thames River

Gnarly trees near Tower of London

Clock Tower (also referred to as Big Ben – although technically Big Ben is the name of the giant bell inside the tower)

One of the towers at Parliament flying the Union Jack

Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace

The winged figure of victory atop Victoria Memorial

The London Eye

The London Eye up close

Parliament and the River Thames at Dusk (taken from the London Eye)

Thames River Reflections after Dark

North Entrance of Westminster Abbey (where William and Kate will tie the knot, but you already knew that.)

Ornate scroll ironwork in Westminster Abbey Courtyard

Speaking of ornate ironwork! A section from gates near Speaker’s corner at Hyde Park

The London Underground aka The Tube

We spent one day in Windsor touring the castle, the town of Windsor and Eton (just across the river from Windsor). I highly recommend taking this day excursion outside of  London!

Windsor Castle in the morning

More views of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle

View of the gardens along the hillside just below the Round Tower

Daffodils lining the hillside

The most amazing architectural ceiling I’ve ever seen!  St. George’s Cathedral at Windsor Castle

Ornamental door hinge at Windsor Castle

Twin doors with beautiful ironwork hinges. Windsor Castle

I fell head over heels in love with many of the doors in Windsor and Eton. Here are just a few more:

I love the color of these doors!

While at Windsor Castle we saw the obligatory changing of the guard. The royal band played a few songs for the queen. It must have been all request day because they played: Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin and Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. I am not kidding! I couldn’t make that up.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled DIY posts on Friday! And I’ll be glued to the telly watching the Royal wedding! Am I the only one old enough to remember watching Charles and Diana’s wedding?

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  1. Ali
    Ali says:

    I am just now getting around to reading your post, awesome! I love all the pics. I was fortunate to be able to take a tour of England, Scotland and Wales a few years ago, it was amazing! I loved it! We got to stay in London for 2 or 3 nights. SO fun! Thanks for sharing this post. Mind the Gap 😉

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  2. Pam
    Pam says:

    I remember Princess Diana’s wedding. In fact, we were in London on the day she died. That is soemthing I will never forget. We still have the London Times newspaper that was published that morning saying that she was injured. We were headed to Windsor Castle that day and we still went, but of course it was closed. It was interesting seeing the people coming up to the entrance, not knowing that it was closed because she had died. We even saw the plane fly over that highway that was carrying her body, cars were lined up along side the highway. Sad times, but at least there was a wonderfully happy occasion last week. 🙂

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  3. Karen
    Karen says:

    What beautiful photos! I can’t remember if you visited Kew Gardens or not. Definitely a must see (esp.with your photography skills) for you next time.

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  4. Alice
    Alice says:

    Oh my what beauty you have shared with us. The serious along with the humorous is delightful. The nighttime photos are as beautiful as the daytime ones.Thank you for the glimpse into a part of the world I could never see in person. It is so sweet of you to share such a private time with us. Looking forward to your next vacation photos. Nosey that I am.lol (just a person who is legally blind seeing the world through others)Thanks!

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