Big Ben

After we watched the changing of the guards, we headed through St. James Park and walked along The  Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk.

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I’m sure it is really beautiful in the spring and summer when everything is in bloom as it was relaxing just to walk along the path that morning.  There was a beautiful pond along the path with all kinds of waterfowl.

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There were graceful swans (which I love)….

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and even a black swan (kind of creepy).

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We had a peek at the London Eye…

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and this hunk of burnin love (the walks best feature).

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At the end of the walk, there was a little bakery/deli shop called Peyton and Byrne.   We got alittle fuel while we were there…

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After these yummy cupcakes, we made our way around the pond and up the street.  Once we rounded the corner, there he was… Big Ben.

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Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster.  He first ticked on May 31, 1859.  He is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world.

We actually saw Big Ben from all over London.  He looks very cool when he’s all lit up at night.

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If you’d like to hear a chime from Ol’ Big Ben, click on the video below.  Granted it was 1 o’clock, but one chime is better than none.

Big Ben video

Coming up next… The Tower of London (my favorite place we visited).

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