Day 3 - Walking around London

On the third day, Ed explored on foot and via public transportation, and Andrea relaxed some and checked out the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Later in the day, we got some excitement when the Clipper Round the World Race boats arrived at St. Katherines Dock adjacent to our hotel.
Arriving at Covent Garden This space used to be a produce market The lower level is used for musical performances Leaving Covent Garden the walk over to the British Museum
British Museum Great Court Aztec Mask of Tezcatlipoca 20130823-130220 dsc 5073 More Aztec art
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20130823-131254 dsc 5085 Trafalgar Square, showing Nelson's Column Fountain in Trafalgar Square The National Gallery
The gate from Trafalgar Square onto The Mall.  At the other end of The Mall is Buckingham Palace Looking down Whitehall from Charing Cross, a roundabout in front of Trafalgar Square. Walking down Whitehall toward the houses of Parliament At Horse Guards on Whitehall
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The clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, named Elizabeth Tower in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee year. Shot of Elizabeth Tower from the other side, next to the River Thames.  Big Ben is the bell inside the tower. Westminster Abbey, next to Westminster Palace. Going into the Westminster Underground Station for the trip back to the hotel.
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Sentry at the Tower of London Sculpture at the Tower. Boat arriving at St. Katherines Dock for the Clipper 40,000 mile Round the World Race The race started Sept 1, about a week later.
There are twelve identical 70 foot racing yachts in the race. The full race takes 11 months The race is divided into eight legs with two or three races in each leg. Dinner with a few of our traveling companions overlooking St. Katherines Dock.