London - Houses of Parliament

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On my first trip to London, I took the Big Bus Tour, which I would highly recommend.  You get to see everything, you can get on and off the busses as you please, they throw in a river cruise up the Thames, and they tell you that the structure pictured below is actually called the "Westminster Clock Tower."  "Big Ben" is the name of the bell inside the clock tower, named after the guy who first rang it (if I recall properly).  Anyway, it is, no doubt, London's most recognizable landmark and, cliché as it might be, I don't think that I could tire of looking at it.

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This is the statue of Sir Winston Churchill.  The tour guide on the Big Bus Tour said that Churchill did not want a statue of himself, as he did not fancy birds crapping all over his image.  They built one anyway, and run current through the statue, so that birds will not land on it.  Take THAT, Lady Astor ...

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