London, England & Independence Day

I thought it would be kind of appropriate to post our pictures
from London, England on the 4th of July.

To the credit of both countries, we are now friends rather 
than enemies that battled each other long ago.

Royal Guard parade at Buckingham Palace.

This was fun and impressive to watch.

Buckingham Palace

The Queen's Foot Guard

Big Ben with the London Eye in the background.

Westminster Abbey

Prince William and Princess Kate were married here.

There was amazing architecture everywhere.

London is a very big and busy city.

Sometimes I felt like I was on a movie set - 
it didn't seem real, especially with all of the sounds of the city.

We also walked around Kensington Palace.

This really made me think of Princess Diana and it was rather sad.
This is where she lived after she and Prince Charles separated.

Statue of Queen Victoria outside of Kensington Palace.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground near the palace.

St. Paul's Cathedral where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married.   
It's so huge - you feel like an ant when you're standing near it.

This bridge was built for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
You can see the dome of St. Paul's in the background.

London bridge is in the distance in the photo below.

Here is a closer shot.

Many, many pubs for your enjoyment.

I wonder if they have Prince Albert in a . . . oh never mind!

My daughter and I ventured over to Portobello Road Market
which was close to where we were staying.

Pretty, colorful buildings with lots of shops, food stalls and

I liked the name of this one!

We were really lucky with good weather while we were there.
There's so much to see.
I hope to go back someday.




  1. An amazing trip! I would love to visit London but don't know if that will happen. Your photos are wonderful. Did you bring home any treasures? I spied some antique shops along the way.

  2. Quite apropos! Love their architecture.

  3. Oh, JO!!!! How awesome! Been thinking about you and hoping you were well.

    I LOVE your pics! I have never been to England, but my daughter's husband and her in-laws are British citizens. Actually her husband is English but his father was teaching in Berlin, Germany when he was born, so he lives in the US but is dual-citizen of UK and Germany - though they aren't of German descent.

    I may have told you that before. Anyway, I can't wait to one day go there - like to see Scotland too while there. I've been to Ireland already.

    Wanna get together sometime soon and show me all your pics and tell me lots more about your trip?


  4. Looks like a wonderful trip! So much history in one city, I bet it's lovely. I have never been.

  5. JoAnne this was an amazing trip for you and your family. We are hoping to go next year. My daughter is a big Harry Potter Fan and they are suppose to have a new play about Harry Potter open in the Palace Theatre in the West End next year so it would be fun to go for that and see London. It is on my bucket list.

  6. Thank you! Safe travels.

  7. What great photos!- and how fun to be there on the Fourth of July!- I was there years ago and fell in love with it and have been dying to go back - just so much to see.

  8. Awesome photos JoAnne! What an amazing trip for your family. I'm sure you came home with lots of memories and keepsakes to remember such a great vacation.

  9. JoAnne,
    Your photo shares are very enjoyable, thank you, love all the enchanting details you captured. How cute is that little adorable double decker London bus!

  10. What a beautiful way to spend the 4th! Really enjoyed seeing your pictures, which were amazing!

  11. Loved seeing London through your eyes!


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