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Gnome Travels – London, England

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Your Gnome stands guard in your garden, faithfully protecting your flower beds and landscaping day and night, rain or shine. Let’s face it – he’s due for a break. There is no better reward for your faithful servant than a glimpse at how the other side lives. So pack your bags and head to London for a look at the home of the Royal family.

Buckingham Palace is a vacation hotspot for tourists, and a tour of this 7775-room mansion is a must for any London visitor. Choose a walk through the palace’s exquisite State Rooms, which house an impressive collection of famous artwork and ornate furniture, or peruse the current exhibit displayed in The Queen’s Gallery.

Next, take your foot-tall travel buddy for a neck-craning look at Big Ben. The giant bell, housed in a 316-foot-tall clock tower, may be enjoyed most after nightfall, when the clock’s face is illuminated. Be advised that only United Kingdom residents are invited to climb the clock tower for a close-up look at the eight-foot bell. Big Ben is part of London’s Houses of Parliament, where you and your Gnome can take a guided tour and see the rooms used by England’s key leaders.

Trafalgar Square is another prime attraction, and the open space, used for performing arts events, is the perfect place for your Gnome to burn off some energy. Before you arrive, check the Square’s schedule of events. If you’re planning to visit during the holiday season, you’ll enjoy views of Trafalgar Square’s giant Christmas tree. and the songs of nearby carolers.

Of course, no trip to London would be complete without a stop at Westminster Abbey. Attend one of the 700-year-old church’s daily services, or jump aboard a guided tour to explore the abbey’s gardens, museum and chapels.

Before your trip draws to a close, treat your Gnome to a cup of English tea and a scone or two. With his littlest finger in the air as he sips his beverage, there’s no question he’ll feel like a native Londoner. He may need a gentle reminder of his humble roots upon his return home. Or consider humoring the little guy and buy him a souvenir robe and crown, so he can bring a bit of Britain to his own turf.