Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace – London, England


Do you ever have one of those travel moments where you think “Why on earth did I want to do this?”  The Changing the Guard was that moment for me.  Don’t get me wrong – I think if you are making the trip to London and you want to see it, it is definitely something you should see.  Don’t forget…I love a good tourist spot just as much as I love the hidden treasures.  When we told people about our London itinerary, everyone said to skip the Changing the Guard unless it was something that I HAD to see.  I am glad we went…I think…but the only things I really remember about the Changing the Guard are the fact that it was miserable hot, Big S was whiny, and the crowds were absolutely atrocious and extremely pushy.  Other than that, I don’t really remember much else!   If you do plan on heading to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing the Guard, get there very early and bring snacks/toys to entertain the kids.  These are our fantastic (note the hint of sarcasm!) photos from the event!  I did get a couple of good pictures but these are more fun!



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    Actually I like the one with the soldiers behind the fence and the tourist heads in the foreground. I’m not sure why I like it but I do. You could straighten them out in software but I’m not sure that I would. The “tilt” gives them interest.

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    as touristy as this is, when I lived in London, I used to come and see it a few times a week:)

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    Funny. Only been to London once and we couldn’t squeeze this one in. I think maybe I’m OK with that now. Your photos express the touristy crunch of the event very well.

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    I had to laugh at all of the cameras in the first two photos, but as Jackie says…the photos really show the touristy nature of the event!

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    I still have memories of this colorful spectacle as a child. I commend you for making the effort!