As part of her PhD research, Katie submitted a robotics paper to the Hamlyn Symposium in London. We weren’t planning to go back to Europe for a while, but given the opportunity we decided to see parts of continent that had so far evaded us. We started with the London Eye.
This monolithic ferris wheel is in the heart of London and difficult to miss. Although we’d been to here twice before we’d never had an urge to go up. The lines were always long and it just seemed a bit too touristy. We caved and bought tickets – it was neat.
Katie and Justin flew out of Salt Lake City on May 25 and met up with Julie during our layover in Detroit. From there, we flew across the Northern Atlantic to London. After some slight delays at Heathrow, we finally made it to our hotel and met Alan and Matt. We quickly ran over to Westminster to visit the Abbey before it closed.
Today we started early with a full English breakfast before beginning our hike around the perimeter of the lake.
It rained for most of the day, so we purchased an umbrella before setting out. We hiked up to a lookout point (a small mountain) for some incredible views of the town, lake, and valley.
Tomorrow we are heading up to Edinburgh. We are both pretty exhausted from the ~10 mile hike so I think we’re calling it a day. The next place doesn’t have free wifi, so I’m unsure when the next post will be.
We woke up incredibly early (for a vacation) to be at the other side of London at 8am for opening hours at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The audio tour was interesting, the ground floor was impressive, and the view from the dome was amazing.
Today was long. After some slight trouble with the Tube (subway), we arrived at Buckingham Palace in time for the changing of the guards. It was especially packed today because the guards were practicing for the Queen’s birthday and preparations were being made for Pres. Obama’s visit tomorrow.
After a rough start to our trip because of American Airlines, we made it to London Sunday afternoon. We fought our jet lag and took in the British Museum that was full of Egyptian mummies and Greek sculptures and art.