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First time in London

One of my dreams was to visit and see the great London. And till 2010 I've never been there. So one day I bought my tickets packed a bag and headed for the airport not knowing what to wait for...

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Since I didn't have a direct flight to London I went to Norway first, where I've spent a couple of hours waiting for my next plane to London. The weather wasn't all that good and the airport itself was quite boring. But soon I got on a plane and headed for London.

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When I got there it was getting late so I found my hotel and decided to explore city in the morning. This a view from my hotel room the next morning.

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Since it was middle of July - the weather was wonderful. You just couldn't wish for the better one.

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Accidentally I found myself near Buckingham palace where everybody were waiting for something. So many people - everybody are smiling, happy. You can see that they are real patriots, love their country and life that surrounds them. Wish we had the same spirit in Latvia.

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And here is the parade.

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I still don't know what kind of celebration it was or maybe it was just an ordinary day but I absolutely loved it.

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Here I am with headphones of course. :)

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I just had to take this photo. Traditional London red telephone box.

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And here is the Big Ben. International symbol of London.

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It sure looks great.

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Famous London eye which I'll try the next day.

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Later that day I decided that the best way to see the center of London is to take a ferry and have a little trip on the river. While we were sailing our guide was telling us everything about famous places we were seeing.

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Millennium bridge ahead.

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St Paul's Cathedral on the background.

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Beautiful office building by the river bank.

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HMS Belfast. A museum ship. It shows you what it was like to live and work on board of a warship.

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Closing in on a Tower Bridge.

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Ferry took me till the Tower Bridge where I got off it and found myself by the famous Tower of London.

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Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the river Thames.

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Then I suddenly found myself in a Camden Town. Which is more like an urban free style town. It's famous for it's markets, shops and the fact that it literally never sleeps.

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Cyberdog shop. The craziest shop I've ever been to.

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Music inside is so loud that you feel like you're in a club rather than in a shop.

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You can buy all kind of freaky stuff there including lots of sex shop stuff as well.

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At the end of the day I managed to visit Regents park. Climbed up the hill and checked out beautiful London from above.

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It even had a special sign with lots of descriptions about objects you are seeing from that point.

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Later that day I decided to take a famous two story bus instead of the tube and headed back to my hotel watching London from a front row of the bus.

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It looked something like this. Beautiful, live, full of energy and positive spirit.

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I started my next day with a Hyde park. Here is an entrance to it - famous Wellington Arch..

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..and me in front of it. :)

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Another beautiful horse parade.

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And here is the park. It sure is huge and so beautiful. People are lying in the grass, reading books, playing sport games. It's really an amazing place. And you will be amazed how many animals there are.

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The Albert Memorial. It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid in 1861.

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Funny squirrels.

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Like the one from the "Snickers" add.

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Many different bird species.

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I could literally spend in this park all day.

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Creative shop title.

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The next stop was London eye. Since it was my first time in London I just couldn't miss it. Here you can see the Millennium bridge. It's a pedestrian bridge that was build on both sides of the old train bridge just to cover it. Really interesting architectural solution.

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St Paul's Cathedral once more and a famous cucumber shaped office building.

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Getting higher and higher.

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The entire structure is 135 meters tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 meters.

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It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually.

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Big Ben from above.

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Now I can see the Houses of Parliament all together.

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If you're looking down from the top of it it seems that you are really quite high.

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Here you can see The Sea Life London Aquarium - it first opened in March 1997 as the London Aquarium and remains the capital's largest collection of aquatic species and hosts about one million visitors each year.

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Now I'm heading for the Madame Tussauds museum.

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One of my favorite actors ever - Will Smith.

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There are many different world famous actors. Here's Robert Downey who played Sherlock Holmes for example..

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..or Jim Carry. :)

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At the end of the trip you can sit in a wagon and whilst it going watch London's modern history show.

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Found Pacha club. The same club we have in Lithuania and Estonia.

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Famous Piccadilly Circus. One of the meeting points in London.

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Beautiful sunset by the Buckingham Palace.

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Victoria Palace Theater.

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Unfortunately the next day was my last day. So after enjoying London for a while a had to go to the airport. But I absolutely loved it and decided that I would return here really soon.

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Flying back to Norway. Wind turbines in the sea.

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Closing in to Oslo.

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Beautiful islands.

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Since I had at least four hours connection at the airport I found a cute place in a grass right outside the airport and decided to read one of the books I have bought in London.

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It's a shame I didn't stay there longer but I'm sure that I'll return pretty soon.

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