Once we arrived back in London from our visit to see my pen pal and her family, we spent a bit of time in the flat just catching our breath. So, we had a snack, got the tour books out and planned our next activity.
We strolled to the tube station and hopped on over to the Buckingham Palace area. We walked past the Royal Mews, stopped in a few of their gift shops, admired the daffodils, took pictures in front of the Palace and then walked along the edges of both Green Park and St. James Park. We went past St. James Palace and Clarence House. We gazed at the Victoria Memorial. We walked down the Mall, passed through the Admiralty Arch to Trafalgar Square.
There was a concert going on in Trafalgar, an early St. Patrick's Day celebration. Lots of music and a few drunk people stumbling along Whitehall towards Westminster.
Whitehall is filled with things to see from the Horse Guards, to the Banqueting Hall, to a glimpse of the entry to 10 Downing Street. The sun was starting to set and by the time we made it to Parliament, it was dusk. We walked around Parliament and the Abbey and found our way to the tube stop and back to the flat.
It was a 3.5 hour walk and we loved every minute of it. We took our time, took pictures, took silly selfies, and talked, and walked!
Once back at the flat, we planned our Monday. We would be heading back to Westminster to tour Churchill's War Rooms and then the Abbey.