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Tower Bridge and Harrods

On our second day in London, the plan was to take a walk along the Thames and see Tower Bridge first. We started our tour by getting off of the tube at ‘Monument’ station at ‘The City’, which is the financial region of London. The Monument of the Great Fire was built between 1671-1677 to represent the big fire of 1666, which started at a bakery and took 3 days to be put out. It was surrounded by tall buildings, so I didn’t feel like climbing up the statue for a nice view, but it is possible to do that up 311 steps.

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We passed by the Tower of London on the way, but didn’t get in because of the long waiting times. This castle was built in 1066 and used as a prison after 1100. It is one of the most visited places in London today, with the famous Crown Jewels being kept there since 1300. (You may remember it from the series Sherlock, where Moriarty was breaking into the part where the jewels were kept.)

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Tower Bridge is definitely the most beautiful bridge on the Thames. It was built between 1886-1894, but painted blue in 1977 to celebrate the 25th royal year of Queen Elizabeth.

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After spending a reasonable amount of time around the bridge, we took a bus to Chelsea to see King’s Road, which was recommended us to.

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Last stop before dinner was Harrods, which appeared to be the longest activity of the day. I had been to this store when I was eight years old on our family vacation to London. At that time it was the most spectacular place in London that I remembered for many years after, since it was the biggest shop I had ever seen.

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This time, before we arrived at Harrods, I was wondering if I would still find it amazingly big, or whether it was just the imagination of my childhood. I can now tell you that after the 3 hours we spent in Harrods, it is still the most amazing store I have ever seen.

My favorite part of the store was the food department on the entrance level. It was a total mistake to see this before dinner! We couldn’t stop ourselves buying some food while thinking about all the things we didn’t buy!

There was an enormous variety of every single type of thing that you can buy from a store in Harrods. Most of the items were extremely expensive in a weird, exaggerated style, but it was interesting to see them. I was very happy to visit this place that had a great impact on my childhood dreams.

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