Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, London

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Just after New Year’s in 2013, I took a stroll over to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard. There was a gigantic crowd full of rude tourists pushing each other out of the way to get the best photograph. After 45 minutes, I was out of there.

There were tons of people crowding around that area, from Victoria Park to the Queen Victoria Monument and all around the Castle entrance. It was really overwhelming, especially if you don’t like crowds of tourists. After spending some time photographing, I walked over to Westminster Abbey. On the way you can see the Parliamentary Buildings, several government structures and lots of monuments. Westminster Abbey looked like any other church on the outside. I went in to see the exhibit – it costs about 15 pounds. It was really amazing. There were crypts after crypts dating back 1000 years. There were plaques hanging all over the walls, in memory of beloved lords, sirs, madams, nobles, musicians, poets and your overall royalty. There was a mass going on in the small chapel, where you could attend and receive eucharist. I was uninterested, but the tombs were something to see. I also liked the choir area, and the music chamber. There was no photography allowed or I would have showed the monastery.

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