After arriving in London, the tour group made their way to their hotel. After a refreshing shower, they had breakfast and enjoyed a tour of London sites. The day culminated in a welcome dinner at their hotel.
Photos of the students' first day in London have been added to the gallery.
Excitement of arriving in London
Day two began with the sight of London out of our plane window. A frosty, windy morning made us all zip our jackets as we exited the airport with our luggage, tour guide Naomi, bus driver Chris, and of course, Trooper Jones. Driving through the streets of London we observed the similarities and differences between Queensland and London. It was clear that the architecture was significantly different. We saw three eras of architecture throughout the day - Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, all magnificent and a wonder to see. It was also quite a laugh when we saw McDonald's in a brick building. We also discovered quickly that traffic would become a challenge.
After arriving at the hotel we drove to our first stop, Harrods - London's most famous department store. Many of us bought small souvenirs as it was rather expensive. Afterwards we took an abundance of photos around Albert Hall and the area known as Albertopia and we learnt about the love and beauty behind many of its sculptures and buildings that were built. We then walked through the beautiful Hyde Park and stood in awe at the scenery. At the end of the walk we arrived at Kensington Palace - Home of Queen Victoria and Prince William and Catherine's London residence - and walked around the property.
After lunch at a local cafe, we walked up Primrose Hill and observed the London Skyline which included a view of the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and many other significant places. Another quick drive led us to the famous Abbey Road where we made an excellent portrayal of the famous Beatles cover. Nearby we explored the markets at Camden Town. Again we bought lots of bits and bobs including keychains and shirts as well as a quick look at the boat houses on the canal. Finally after arriving back at the hotel, we walked to the burial grounds of famous Australian explorer Matthew Flinders. Interestingly, his burial place within the park is still unknown. Kings Cross Station was our final touring place of the day. We visited the famous Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter series and associated shop. Unfortunately, the crowd was enormous so we were unable to take pictures by the disappearing trolley. As the first touring day of this trip, we're glad to say that it has set high expectations for the rest to come.
By Hannah Taylor and Bella Clarke
This page was last reviewed on 12 Apr 2017