Wow!  Another busy, full day around London!  We started off with a morning train ride out to Hampton Court Palace where King Henry VIII spent a lot of time.  It was very beautiful with extensive grounds.  When we got back to central London we went to St. Paul’s Cathedral for a little bit and then went down to Westminster Parliament for a 75 minute guided tour.  It was probably the most interesting thing we have done so far.  We had a very knowledgeable young man and were lucky that Parliament was not in session so we were able to see more.  We are really impressed with the subway(tube) system.  They are very efficient!  Of course we finished off our day at another local pub – this time a pub called Blackfriars which seemed very popular!  3 out of 4 days I have had fish and chips!  They are so good.  I am taking Rick Steves advice -“British food is not that memorable but you can’t go wrong with fish and chips”.  This city of London is very international.  I don’t think we have been waited on by a native Brit.  They seem to be young people from many other countries.  There are plenty of Americans here but many more German tourists.  We are finding it all very interesting!

Waterloo train station

Waterloo train station

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Tapestry in Hampton Court worth a fortune!

Tapestry in Hampton Court worth a fortune!

More Hampton Court tapestry

More Hampton Court tapestry

Ceiling

Ceiling

close up of the cieling

close up of the cieling

Hampton Court courtyard

Hampton Court courtyard

part of Hampton Court kitchen area

part of Hampton Court kitchen area

kitchen fire - one of many - all in preparation for King Henry's court

kitchen fire – one of many – all in preparation for King Henry’s court

kitchen continued

kitchen continued

kitchen continued

kitchen continued

Notice the wearing down of the cement step

Notice the wearing down of the cement step

kitchen continued

kitchen continued

It was a very big kitchen

It was a very big kitchen

Back side leading out to the gardens of Hampton Court

Back side leading out to the gardens of Hampton Court

gardens

gardens

back of Hampton Court

back of Hampton Court

Gardens

Gardens

gardens

gardens

Front entrance to Hampton Court

Front entrance to Hampton Court

Through the gate of Hampton Court

Through the gate of Hampton Court

St. Pauls Cathedral

St. Pauls Cathedral

St. Pauls

St. Pauls

St. Pauls

St. Pauls

Looking up the street to St. Pauls Cathedral

Looking up the street to St. Pauls Cathedral

Oliver Cromwell statue in front of Parliament

Oliver Cromwell statue in front of Parliament

See the information picture of this great Parliament Hall

See the information picture of this great Parliament Hall

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