As I made my way back to Europe, I knew that I wanted to visit the United Kingdom, but I wasn’t sure where to start. So naturally, I started in London, because you cannot go to England without visiting where it all happens.
It may seem cliché, but I had to visit the classic landmarks of London. I had never been to England before, so I figured it was worth navigating the huge groups of tourists to get a glimpse of some of the most famous attractions in the world. Of course, I am talking about Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey.
Everyone probably already knows what Big Ben is, but one of my favorite things to do during my travels is to learn as much as possible about the places I visit. Did you know, even though the entire clock tower is referred to as Big Ben, the tower portion is actually called Elizabeth Tower? Big Ben is actually only referring to the clock itself. Nevertheless, it is quite the spectacle in person. Pictures do not do it justice.
The Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. It also serves as the administrative headquarters for the royal family. The sheer size of the mansion makes your eyes widen. Again, the historical facts blew my mind. Did you know that Buckingham Palace is said to be nearly 15 times the size of the White House? The United States capitol building is valued at around $110 million, while the British Palace is valued at nearly $1.6 billion. It seems shocking, but the moment I stood in front of the building, it was certainly easy to believe.
Formally titled the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster, Westminster Abbey is a predominantly Gothic abbey church located just west of the Palace or Westminster. I loved this building more than all the others. The architecture was simply spectacular. There is not much more to say, because I was in awe of this gorgeous spectacle.