Changing of the Guard...
Photo-A-Day #1207

I flew to London last night. For me it should be 11:24am and I haven’t slept yet. When I landed I landed with 3 other people from work. We wedged ourselves into a Cab for the ride to the hotel. Saved some money there. Then we dropped our things into our rooms and went back downstairs 15 minutes later.

My first impression of the room was very nice. A large bathroom and sink area. I couldn’t find the lights. I went and tried them all then saw a slot on the wall. This slot is for your hotel key card. You put it there when you are in the room so the lights will come on and take it out when you leave so the lights go out automatically.

I didn’t quite understand this so I slipped my keycard int he slot and out. The lights went on. About 30 seconds later when I was comfortably seated they went out and I was in total darkness. Funny indeed.

I went and meet the other folks and we went down the way and caught the Tube for a trip to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard. It sounds so epic and amazing but instead it is a lot of standing around and waiting and then you don’t see anything because you didn’t get up to the bars on the fence around the Palace. I however did get some video footage of the guards marching by. I used my XShot and my Sanyo camera to get 37 more inches above the crowd. But then I tried to see the screen on the Sanyo which swivel all over the place, but the sun was catching it so it was hard to see the screen.

While I was taking photos on the ground level my traveling compatriots were up on a large fountain/sculpture and we got separated after the changing of the guard. So I went off on my own and walked and walked. So getting many shots in front of things was great because I had my XShot 2.0. A couple of people talked to me about it and that was pretty cool. I went by many places and since I did not have a map I am not sure what they all were. It is hot here and I was sweating like a fiend. I finally stopped for lunch (Fish and Chips no less) and then walked to the Piccadilly Circus Tube station and made my way back to the hotel. I was out and about from around 9:00am – 3:00pm. And for the past two hours I’ve been catching up online, talking with Allison via web cam (free baby) and working on a few pictures that will be part of my London Flickr Set.

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12 Responses to “Changing of the Guard…”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I’m off to look at your flickr pictures… I LOVED London, and cannot wait for an opportunity to go back and explore. I went with a school group, and was on a schedule. So spent a lot of time in the museums I could’ve cared less about (they all seem the same after the first 2 or 3) and not enough time at places like the Tower of London, and Westminster where I could have happily wandered endlessly.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Self Portrait Sunday 7/27/08

  2. Drew says:

    Jennifer,
    Sounds like you had a great time. I’m looking forward to looking at a few more places. Wednesday will be a day of exploration.

  3. MothMan says:

    Nice photo.

    I enjoyed your explanation of the tricky lights in the hotel room. :)

  4. Lynne says:

    Sounds like you’re definitely making the most of your time in London! It’s such a fabulous place with so much history. Enjoy!

  5. Chica says:

    Whooaaa now your blog is a proper fixed width instead of leaning to the left hehe.

    Allright now your in London but I don’t see work being done, I believe your bluffing! LOL

    Have fun man, I’m off to check your flickr.

    Chica’s last blog post..SOTM: Good Enough-Evanescence

  6. Greg Banners says:

    Beautiful shot; I love the framing with the gold filigree gates.

  7. Mo says:

    So. Freaking. Jealous.

    Have fun…be safe!

    Mo’s last blog post..A “Sweet” Housewarming Treat!

  8. Drew says:

    Thanks Mothman,
    I have to keep a running total of strange and amusing things I find in the room.

  9. Drew says:

    Thanks Lynne,
    I’m having a good time here. Still working out the time thing but other than that things are cool.

  10. Drew says:

    Chica,
    I’m not sure what happened to my formatting, I think it was the inclusion of the Utterz video or something. I need to play with that to figure it out.

    I work today, later today. :-)

  11. Drew says:

    Thanks Greg,
    Saw that and how it was framed and it had to be today’s photo-a-day

  12. Drew says:

    Mo,
    I’m having fun, staying as safe as I can. Trying to stay with the group but need to be on one of those kid leashes.

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