Buckingham Palace and the changing of the viewing place

DSC_2129After checking into the Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly and chowing down on a big breakfast at the hotel we set off to explore Green Park.  Situated just across the street from our hotel, Green Park was our gate way to Buckingham Palace.  We made our way the long way via Wellington’s Arch and then through the majestic tree lined walk ways.  We were early enough to get a spot dead center in front of the main gate of Buckingham Palace well positioned to watch the impressive ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Really we have to move?
Unbeknownst to us and the others who had joined us, this apparently was really the best spot as it was the place where the band and the Guards themselves selected for their dynamic entrance to grounds for the ceremonies.  We decided not to argue with the guys with the guns and gave up the place DSC_2130we has staked out.  We joined the hordes of other spectators and watched from a few rows back. Other than all the standing and the crowds of people we did ok.  We managed to see the pomp and circumstance and even snap a few pictures.

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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