TWYFORD – 6:30 pm, March 30th Where is Twyford you might ask? Well it is a 45-minute train ride outside of London, but more on that later. Here is how we finished our time in London.
Saturday we went to St. Paul’s Cathedral, rode the London Eye, and browsed the British Museum. St. Paul’s Cathedral is home to the third largest cathedral dome in the world. Oh my, is it large. It is also where Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married. We climbed 530 steps to the top of the dome for a panoramic view of the city. On the London Eye, we had another panoramic view of the city, we could see the top of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square. In the British Museum we saw Egyptian mummies and sarcophagus, the Rosetta Stone, and many pieces of the Greek Parthenon. We then had dinner at The Nudge, what we believe to be a DJ Bar. It was great. Jeff wanted to go out for a night on the town, but we both fell asleep around 8:30 and woke-up around 11:00 and decided to do laundry in our tiny bathroom sink.
Sunday we checked out of our hotel and went and bought our Eurostar tickets to Paris for Tuesday. We checked our bags at the train station and headed to Covent Garden, a large shopping area. We strolled around there and then headed to the Victoria and Albert museum. After the museum, we headed back to Paddington Station where we picked up our HEAVY backpacks and rode the train out to Twyford. We are staying with Frank and Margaret; Margaret is Jeff’s grandmother’s cousin. We are having a great time getting the “English experience.” We had lamb, leeks, parsnip, and custard last night for dinner, all good. We also got to meet their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren (too cute).
Today we went to Windsor Castle, the countryside home of the Queen. Windsor is the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. We saw the ceremonious changing of the guard, Mel thought she was in a fairy tale. Now it’s time for dinner and maybe then off to the pub for a pint. Cheers!
LONDON – 9:30 am, March 29th Yesterday we started early, as we were both awake at 4:30am! Breakfast was provided by our hotel- a yummy fruit basket and tea. We started at 9am on the red Double Decker bus tour all around London. We went to Buckingham Palace and saw the changing of the guard, then to lunch at Bellgo Central (a Belgian Pub). Mel had a rib eye steak and maes pil-beer and Flash had sausages and mashed potatoes! All for 20 pounds. We had a quick visit to the Tower of London and then spent the rest of the evening at the most amazing place- the Tate Modern Museum. Thank god we were not ready for bed by 7pm, so we were off to St. George’s pub for beer and later to Pizza Hut. We know, wierd, but it’s hard to find food after 10pm. In by midnight…. and that brings us to….
Just leaving this morning for another adventurous day in London. After some quick drinks at Starbucks, we are off to St. Paul’s Cathedral, we have reservations at 1pm for the London Eye (a ferris wheel 400 ft high) with amazing views of the city and then we will end at the British Museum.
LONDON – 8:00 am, March 28th We just had a morning coffee at the Victoria train station. Yes, we have jet lag. We fell asleep at 7:00 last evening and have been awake since 4:30 am. Our first day in London went great. We landed on-time and made it through customs in 20 minutes. We hopped on the tube and checked into our hotel without any problems.
Our first “oh my god, I’m in London” feeling hit us when we left the Victoria station to go to our hotel. We stepped into the hustle and bustle of central London; double decker red buses, black cabs, business men in suits hurrying to catch trains… After checking into our shoebox of a room (but nice, clean, and cheap) we took the tube to Big Ben and Parliament. We walked down to Westminster Abby, 10 Downing Street (home of the British Prime Minister Tony Blair), and Trafalgar Square. We stopped in a pub to have a british meal: fish and chips, a Guinness for Flash and a Strongbow cider for Mel. We then toured the National Gallery, our first Museum! If this was any indication of how cool all the other museums will be we are very excited. Today we are set for another jam-packed day. And to think, we have so many things to come.
LONDON – 2:20 pm, March 27thWe are in London!!! After a 9 hour plane ride, where Mel didn’t freak out once!!! We are off to Big Ben and to explore the city.