After our day adventuring around the Salisbury area we went back to Overton for a good night's rest. The next morning we got up packed our bags, had a quick cup of tea, and said thank you and goodbye to David & Penny their wonderful hospitality. David was nice enough to give us a ride to the train station and we were off to London.
See what I mean, the strange and silly humans were everywhere! I wanted to go for a quick dip in the pond to look for fish, but Gary informed me that it was a fountain, and that there weren't any fish in there. I pondered for quite a while why these humans would make such a nice pond in the middle of the city but not put any fish in it! These English humans are supposed to like Fish & Chips, so where do they get the fish?
I still didn't believe Gary, so we went down to the pond for a closer look! The statues in the pond were spitting out the water, so it must not be good enough to keep fish in. The only thing that looked like a fish was the Dolphin behind the human statue, and it was spitting out the water too, so this was pretty good proof that there must have been something wrong with the water!
On the other end of the square there was another statue, this one was of a lion, and boy was it really big. I don't think that a real Lion is this big, if it was I think the humans would have a real problem on their hands. It was neat though, and after a quick picture we were off again to adventure around!
Gary's friend Norman gave him directions on where to go to see things that he really wanted to see. The first was the guilded gates to one of the royal parks just down the road from Trafalgar Square. It was nice to see that the humans were smart enough to leave themselves some room to run around in that wasn't paved over. This is the entrance to St. James Park, and we found out later that it also was once the burial place for Lepers…strange humans! It was just accross the street from one of the most famous places in England, Buckingham Palace.
It too had a big, guilded fence around it, and lots of police and security people. I decided that it would probably be a good idea to behave myself, I didn't want to get in any trouble (like I did in Oklahoma and New Mexico…) in a strange country.
I asked Gary what the silly humans did here, and he said it was the home of the British Royals. I really didn't understand until he explained that they were Monarchs. After a bit of confusion I finally understood and wondered why they needed such a big house! Gary said it was because they were very important, and at one time used to be the ones who ran the country.
They had a lot of security people everywhere. These must be some very special Monarchs to have all these guards keeping them safe.
I wanted to go in and see these really important Monarchs, but the man at the gate wouldn't let us go in. I then came to the conclusion that the big fence wasn't there to keep these Monarchs in, but the rest of the people out! I asked Gary why they wouldn't let us go see the butterflies, he just giggled a bit and explained that these Monarchs weren't the pretty Orange butterflies we have back home, but a family of silly humans. Now things were beginning to make more sense to me, I knew these humans were silly and I guess letting a family of butterflies run the country would be extremely silly, even for them!
I still wanted to see these really important humans, but Gary said that all we could do is just stand around a while to see if they came outside. It was raining a bit, and it began to rain even more, Gary said these humans really don't like the rain so we finally gave up on the idea and decided we had better get back to sightseeing
So we got back to walking, and we went through the park along the lake. Now this was a proper lake and there were even fish in it too. I asked Gary if I could do a bit of fishing here, but he said that it was a Royal park, and that the fish here were just for looking at…extremely silly humans! There were Ducks, and Swans around too, and Gary said not to get any ideas about them either, and that they were just for looking at too.
At the other end of the park there were some humans sitting on top of horses just standing there doing nothing…in the rain! When I asked Gary why they were on horses in the middle of a big city where a car would be much better, he said that they were there because of a tradition.
When I saked what the tradition was, he said that this place is where the Royal guards are stationed and meant to be the dividing place between the Royal Monarchs (not the butterflies) and the modern government.
I found a nice place to sit down while Gary took some pictures of the silly humans on their horses, doing nothing but standing around in the rain.
There seemed to be two different types of silly humans on horses, some of them in red uniforms, and some in black. When I asked Gary why this was he said it was to represent a balance of power between the two forms of government.
I just sat around wondering why they didn't have enough sense to get out of the rain, but then realized that we were getting rained on as well.
At least this fellow was lucky enough to have a place to get out of the rain! After a couple more pictures it was time to go see more. So we walked down the road a bit to the home of the English modern government, the Parliment and House of Lords.
The first thing we saw was a really big tower with a clock at the top. Gary said it was called the East tower and there was a really famous and important bell on the inside of it called "Big Ben"…leave it to the silly humans to give a bell a name!
This is the Houses of Parliment and the House of Lords. Gary explained to me that this is where the humans now run the country from. He also explained that the Monarchs no longer ran things, but were kept around for the ceremonial events…and to distract other silly humans with their extremely silly behavior. I guess it was so they wouldn't get bored, and would have something to talk about while it was raining outside (which seems to be all the time here).
Here's a good look at it from the other end, and a good view of the Thames river that goes through the center of London. Gary said that the reason London is here is because of the river, ant this used to be a very important place for trading things with other humans…including fish.
It's a really big building too, and really pointy and pretty! We then hopped on a bus and went up the road a long way to go see another cathedral. We went for a nice ride and ended up at St. Paul's Cathedral, which has been around for almost four hundred years. A really big place, we wanted to go inside and see what it looked like, but the humans at the door wanted a lot of money just to go inside. Since Gary is a bit on the poor side already and everything is double the price for him over here he didn't have enough money for us to go inside.
So we just walked around the outside for a bit, looking at all the neat statues and the building itself.
It was so big that no matter where we went we couldn't get a picture of the whole thing that was any good! Since we couldn't go in and we had walked around it completely, it was time to go to the next thing on Gary's list. So we walked along the Thames riverwalk toward our next destination, the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge.
We stopped for a brief rest break while on the way, we (well mostly Gary, he tends to carry me all the time) had already done a lot of walking today and was getting a little tired. Here's a good picture of the Tower Bridge from the walk along the Thames.
After Gary was sufficently rested we continued until we came to the Tower of London. This is a really famous place, and has been around for about a thousand Years. The humans have used it fo a variety of different things. It used to be the home of the Monarchs before they all moved to Buckingham palace. It has also been used as a Fortress, Prison where they tortured and executed other humans, a Zoo, Armoury, place to keep and Make money (something these humans are still obsessed with), public records office, Observatory and where the silly humans keep the "Crown Jewels".
It's also the home of a bunch of Ravens, and the silly humans believe that if the Ravens ever leave the Tower of London that the country will fail. So they have someone whose job is to look after these birds and make sure that they stay and are happy there.
Since we didn't have either the time or the money to get in we just walked around the outside (again) before we set off to walk across the Tower Bridge.
Gary said that the Tower Bridge was probably one the most important landmarks in London and that we had to walk across it.
They painted all of the metal on the bridge a very pretty blue color. We stopped several times while walking across it to take some pictures.
It's a big Bridge, but not nearly as big as my favorite bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge in California. Why do these silly humans paint these bridges such bright colors?
The neat thing about this bridge is that it has two towers on either side where it splits apart so big boats can go under it.
The Golden Gate Bridge doesn't split apart like this one does, which is why it's so important. Plus it's really pretty too!
The humans really spent a lot of time to make sure it was a good bridge, and they made it out of really big pieces of stone and steel to make sure it lasted a long time!
After walking across it, we continued along the Thames river stopping occasionally to take some more pictures.
Just about the time we got across it the sun began to go down, and we were at a really big ferris wheel called "The London Eye". It was a huge ride and went really slow, and looked neat all lit up a pretty blue color. This was the end of our first day walking around London and it was almost time to go meet up with Gary's friends to spend the night with.
Now it was time for a good dinner and a good night's rest.
Check back soon as the story continues…