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The BIG BUS tour
(17 June 2001)

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Map (Red Route)

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Park Lane

1.  Our beginning:  We started our tour on Park Lane at Hyde Park, near Marble Arch (Tyburn Corner).  We could see "Speakers' Corner within the park.

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Marble Arch

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7 North Audley Street

2.  We proceeded on to "Little America" where we passed 7 North Audley Street (where I work) and the US Embassy, and then on to Berkeley Square.

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Berkeley Square

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Regent Street

3.  On to the retail areas: Regent Street and Carnaby Street (made famous in the 1960-70's)

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Carnaby Street

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Picadilly Circus

4.  Here we have the famous Picadilly Circus and Haymarket (the theatre center)

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National Gallery

5.  Now we're in Trafalgar Square, with the National Gallery on one side, and Nelson's Column on the other

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Nelson's Column

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6.  Take a look down Whitehall to see Big Ben (actually that's the bell within the clock tower)

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the Horse Guard

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Westminster Abbey

7.  How about the famous sights of Westminster Abbey and the House of Parliament (with it's renowned clock tower)

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House of Parliament

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the Milliennium Eye

8.  Crossing the Thames, we see the Millennium Eye and pass by Waterloo International Station - the British home of the Eurostar (Chunnel train)

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Eurostar Station

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St. Paul's Cathedral

9.  Crossing the Thames again, we approach Saint Paul's Cathedral

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another view

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10.  For the third time we cross the Thames (this time via London Bridge with Tower Bridge in the distance) and come to the Dungeon

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the Dungeon

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Tower Bridge

11.  For the fourth and final time we cross the Thames (this time via the Tower Bridge) and see the Tower of London's famous White Tower

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Tower of London

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City marker

12.  As we leave the "city of London" and enter the "city of Westminster", we see the dragon marker on the side of the road.   Across the river, we have an excellent view of the Aquarium.

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Clock Tower

13.  My favorite: the Clock Tower (better known as Big Ben)

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the Abbey

14.  Westminster Abbey

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a clearer view

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Horse Guard

15.  Horse Guard (again) and a special treat: veterans of the Normandy Invasion

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St. James Palace

16.  Saint James Palace is the home of the Prince of Wales and his two sons, William and Harry.  Another great abode: the Ritz Hotel.

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the Ritz Hotel

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the original Hard Rock Cafe