Tuesday, September 23, 2008

London trip

It's been almost 2 weeks since we were fortunate enough to visit London for my friend Vickie's wedding. It was such a wonderful experience and even though we only visited for 4 days, these memories will last us forever. We want to thank my mom for flying out to watch the kids, to Vickie for allowing me to be part of her special day, to Jo for hosting us with a comfy bed, and to our bank for having the point reward system which purchased our airline tickets. We couldn't have done it without any of you! The flight there wasn't terrible. We left in the evening and got there around 6 am. The worst was getting out of Heathrow. It took us 3 hours to get to London. After a short nap, we were ready for the day. I went off to do fun stuff with the girls and Rueben went sightseeing. The next day, we did have a few hours to ourselves, so we walked around, had lunch on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral, walked across the Millennium Bridge and The River Thames, went inside a prison and learned many a things about torturing, walked past the Globe Theater and on across the Tower Bridge and past the Tower of London. We got a good share of double decker bus rides and the Tube. Awesome transportation methods! Saturday was the wedding and Sunday in the am we came home. It was fast and furious, but so much fun. We look forward to visiting again and taking time to sight see some more. And of course, spend more time with our friends. Maybe you will join us! The Tower Bridge. It is often mistakenly called the London Bridge. Rumor has it that American Robert McCulloch bought the London Bridge thinking he was purchasing the bridge in the picture. He had it moved and the London Bridge (not as magnificent) is currently located in Lake Havasu City in AZ. Robert denied the rumor and stated that he knew which one he had purchased. The English are still laughing about it.
Walking across the Tower Bridge and taking advantage of the awesome backdrop.

The Tower of London. We didn't have time to venture inside, but the outside is just amazing. The Crown Jewels reside inside. It was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror. It has been a fortress, a royal palace and a prison. We can't wait to see the inside!

The Tube. Underground transportation. Faster than walking or taking the buses but it still takes a while to get from point A to point B. Our favorite saying, "Mind the gap".

Another shot of the Tower of London and the Gherkin building.

The Millennium Bridge. It crosses over the River Thames.

St. Paul's Cathedral in the background.

The Globe Theater. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company. It was destroyed by fire in 1613 and later rebuilt a year later.

Looking across the River Thames.

The following are some pictures of the wedding.

The bridesmaids. Lindsey, me, Heather, and Jo. Fantastic and wonderful people.

The happy couple.

I absolutely love these pictures of Rueben and I. They are brilliant. He is so good looking and I love him with all my heart, body, and soul. We make an awesome couple, eh?


DeAnna said...

Wow! That looked like an amazing trip, I am so jealous! Lucky Blancasessss.

Tina said...

You are an amazing couple, because you're both amazing people.
What a fun trip...speaking of trips, hmmmmmm. We need to plan the next one, girl!
Miss you all. Give yourself and your family a squeeze for me.

Keely said...

Fun Fun Fun! I went to London in high school. Too bad I was more interested in the boys that went on the trip than the history/scenery.
I agree with Tina - let's plan our next trip. I miss you all!

Jenn said...

Trip?? We're ready!! It only took us a year. Glad you had a great time. Way cool place!