We then proceeded to Trafalgar Square, an area with two large fountains, numerous statues and monuments, and a few street performers. The square also faces the National Gallery, so we stopped in to see Van Gogh's A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, before it closed, and managed to spot a few others on my must-see list while trying to find it, including some Cezannes and Renoir's Umbrellas. We also caught our first glimpse of Big Ben from Trafalgar Square, which was very exciting! At the end of our time at Trafalgar Square we stopped by a souvenir shop to pick up some postcards, and then we commenced on a very long walk.
The walk passed by many beautiful buildings and a few significant places--like the place where they do the changing of the horse guard and the prime minister's house (estate? it was pretty large and heavily guarded!)--before we reached our actual target--Big Ben and the houses of Parliament. We could also see a glimpse of Westminster Abbey from where we were photographing Big Ben, as well as the London Eye. We then crossed the Thames on a very beautiful bridge to take more pictures of Big Ben and Parliament, as well as some beneath the London Eye.
At this point we were all very tired and decided to head back to the hotel. We took the Tube back and got some food from a grocery store a few blocks away from where we were staying to eat at the hotel. There we ate, cleaned and rested up, and are now ready for a good night's sleep!
Up tomorrow: Hampton Court :)