Welcome to London

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Expectations are a powerful weapon. They can turn a great experience into a horrible one and the other way around. Many people had told us things about London – both good and bad things.
That’s why we went there with no expectations and willingness to find out for ourselves whether we like it or not.
However, we are people that enjoy finding positive sides. It is funny how London welcomed us in and made it extremely easy for us to find amazing and positive things about it.
traveling on New Years to London in England
We didn’t have a really warm welcome, because there were some accidents and repairs on some of the tube lines. London was making it hard for us to get to our home for the next few days.
traveling on New Years to London in England
After that, though, there was nothing to complain about. Everything started working out perfectly for us.

 

Our first task was to buy tickets for the London tour bus. On the way to the office we passed the National Gallery of London. We were pleasantly surprised to see the show of the orchestras of some American colleges there. It was exciting to see such thing live. We had only seen things like that on TV before.

 

traveling on New Years to London in England

It was time to ride the tour bus. The wind was with us. We were persistent (maybe stubborn) and stood at the top open level of the bus. We didn’t want to miss any sights.

Only a couple of days later, when the rain was with us, we were finally ready to get on the lower level. Only there we managed to stay dry and calm.

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Here are some photos from our journey:

 

traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
The time had come to visit the English pubs. Both the food and the beer gave us no reason to complain. Service everywhere was surprisingly good. We felt like we were visiting some old friends in their homes. A waiter happily explained to us how to get to a pizzeria, because his own pub wasn’t offering food at this time of the day. What are we supposed to do when we want to have dinner when the English people are drinking their last drink for the night…
traveling on New Years to London in England
There was no way we would skip fish and chips

It started getting dark. London revealed its romantic side under the beautiful lights.

traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
On the next day we were optimistic. After all it was the end of the year and we were ready to welcome the new one.

Our day started with queuing to buy tickets for the London Eye. Actually we had already bought the tickets online, we just wanted to get our vouchers. We discovered we had to wait at another queue after this one. Just to make things more exciting. And, of course, after that was the queue for going on the wheel itself. It took us about 50 minutes from beginning to end.

traveling on New Years to London in England

 

It was totally worth it! The 20 minutes on the wheel, the 4D movie after that and the funny collage of us sitting between two cabins on the London Eye – it was all amazing.

 

traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England

After this amazing view from above and some more walking around it was time to eat. We ended up having the best burgers so far.

traveling on New Years to London in England

On New Year’s Eve Harrods was full with people. We visited it for just a few minutes. Enough to see what Harrods really is.

traveling on New Years to London in England
We celebrated the New Year on the Westminster Bridge, between Big Ben and London’s Eye.

There were plenty of people. Some had bottles in their pockets. Music was everywhere… although it might have been better. Among all the hits the one with most fans appeared to be an unknown for us Indian singer. His song made the crowd go wild. When the countdown came everyone was at the top of their toes. This was the moment we were all waiting for. After that the fireworks show caught our eyes and we weren’t able to stop looking at it.

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traveling on New Years to London in England
We visited Greenwich right before we had to leave for home.

There was a short queue of people waiting to take a picture on the prime meridian. Our interest for astronomy was awakened in the Planetarium. Every restaurant in the village of Greenwich was full. This was the first (and last) time we encountered lack of service. Literally. We were siting down on tables and nobody came to us… Eventually we ended up in a Mexican restaurant. The food there was extremely delicious.

 

traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
traveling on New Years to London in England
Nobody can argue that even the modern part of the city is beautiful

 

We visited St. Paul and after that headed to Victoria Station. From there we went to the airport.

traveling on New Years to London in England
Goodbye, London! See you soon. I bet you will surprise us pleasantly again next time.

 

 

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