London has been a whirlwind, and we have covered the length of it at least once. I would say the breadth as well, but I don’t think we’d have the stamina. We ended up going to the Natural History Museum on Tuesday since we figured out that a tube station exit took us directly there with hardly any outside bits, so better in the rain. What can I say? There were a lot of dead animals. And bugs. And plants. Fascinating, but you can only see so much before your eyes start to glaze over.
We then headed to the science museum (yes, we did two in one day), which was far more interesting than I expected. The medical history stuff was cool. And gruesome. We decided NOT to try the flight simulator after we watched it do 360 loops – not for me! These would both be great spots to take kids for the day. What a wonderful place to have available.
I think we walked back to the hotel, but it’s all a bit fuzzy. By that time our feet were very tired. Keep in mind that we did Regent’s Park and the London Zoo Monday, which took over four hours of walking.
Wednesday was Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge (we got to see it open up which didn’t impress Marc so much. I thought it was cool, but I have to admit it would have been better if the ship that passed through had been bigger. Seeing a sailboat come through was a bit anticlimactic), Tower of London, took a river cruise to the Westminster Pier (we got to SIT and had an impromptu talk from the pilot compete with tongue in cheek references), and Westminster Abbey. Marc’s favorite place in London is now the Abbey – how ironic is that???? We were tired enough that we took the tube home even though it was only two stops.
Yesterday was the British Museum. All of it. It’s a huge building with thousands or tens of thousands of items from 2000 BC to the 1900s. Absolutely incredible. And exhausting. I love this city but it utterly drains me. Then we went up to Marble Arch and did some shopping on Oxford Street. I was looking for a new purse. We had just about given up (350 GDP for a designer purse? I don’t think so…) when we decided to duck into the Bond Street tube station and found a mall. And there was a shop with the perfect bag. Go figure. Then we went to Covent Gardens in search of a couple of shops that Marc wanted to see. One was the Original Tintin Store. I’ll let him finish that story for you. The other was the Orc’s Nest which specializes in games. Guess who got stuff? Hint – it wasn’t him. They had a just released game based on Discworld. I could not resist.
So now you are up to date on the highlights. I will be posting pics once we are home. Can you believe we head back tomorrow? With any luck, we’ll be back at my place by 10:30 tomorrow night. I am so glad I took Monday off. We’re going to saunter to St. James’ Park and Buckingham Palace today. And Marc is convinced he is going to get me on the London Eye today too. We’ll see. I’m too tired to resist, so it might work. The sun is supposed to come out this afternoon. It came out yesterday late and we actually got to walk around without coats on for a bit!
See everyone soon…